Look and Learn | Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem

Mississippi Museum of Art | 308 S Lamar Street, Jackson, MS

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Gather round for Look and Learn – Mississippi Museum of Art’s literacy and art-making program for children ages 5 and under. This monthly storytime adventure connects families to art at the Museum and plants seeds of creativity in growing minds. In this summer series, MMA is focusing on books based on movement, family, and the power of storytelling to celebrate A Movement in Every Direction. After each reading, families will view work in the exhibition and join Museum educators in the classroom for an art project.

This month, join MMA as they read Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and illustrated by Christopher Myers. In this short story, we learn about late artist Jacob Lawrence, an artist notable for creating works that document the Great Migration. After storytime, MMA invites families into A Movement in Every Direction and classrooms for a fun studio activity inspired by artwork on view. Dress for mess! 

Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem follows the creative adventures of the young Jacob Lawrence as he finds inspiration in the vibrant colors and characters of his community in Harlem. From his mother’s apartment, where he is surrounded by brightly colored walls with intricate patterns; to the streets full of familiar and not-so-familiar faces, sounds, rhythms, and smells; to the art studio where he goes each day after school to transform his everyday world on an epic scale, Jake takes readers on an enchanting journey through the bustling sights and sounds of his neighborhood.

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