December 21, 2019 - March 15, 2020
Created by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), Men of Change is made possible through the support of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services with local support provided by Alaska Airlines.
“We hope that by experiencing ‘Men of Change’ visitors will see a lesson for us all, regardless of gender, race or nationality,” said Myriam Springuel, director of SITES and Smithsonian Affiliations. “In these men we see an absolute ideal and a well of inspiration that encourages us to become our best selves.”
A diverse group of artists, advisors, academics, curators and museum professionals determined the men chosen as “Men of Change.” From Carter G. Woodson to Ryan Coogler, these men have changed entire fields, fought for justice, revolutionized art and touched millions of lives directly and indirectly. These men serve as metaphor, representing the many more men and the broader community that shaped them into important change agents. Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. also incorporates the names and language of others—men and women—that signify the power of the African American journey in the American story.
Men of Courage-Tacoma: Along with this exhibition, the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services is investing in the Tacoma community with the Men of Courage initiative. The most visible component of this initiative is the Men of Courage Barbershop Challenge. Barbershops are encouraged to apply by 5:00 PM, November 22, and share their ideas for uplifting their community. Application assistance is available through Tacoma Urban League. The Men of Courage initiative also includes a free leadership training seminar for men in Pierce County, to take place at the History Museum on January 17.
Martin Luther King, Jr. day: Free admission for all on Monday, January 20, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. See performances from Tacoma Arts Live. More details to come!
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