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19 Feb 2021

Virtual Insights: A Reading from the Black Art Library

Join us for a virtual reading and discussion celebrating Black History Month with Asmaa Walton, founder of the Black Art Library. Established one year ago as a digital project to mark Black History Month, the Black Art Library is an ever-expanding collection of anthologies, art books, exhibition catalogs, and monographs on Black visual art and artists. In the future, this project will travel to become a public-facing archive and research library. 

During this program, Asmaa will read aloud from Art From Her Heart, an illustrated biography of celebrated artist Clementine Hunter, and will discuss books from the library that address other self-taught artists from the museum’s collection. Asmaa has also curated a list of recommended readings, which she will share following the reading. Families and all ages welcome.

Space is limited; advance registration is required. Please consider making a donation when you register to support ongoing virtual programming.

Instructions for joining with a Zoom link and password will be provided by email upon registration confirmation under “Additional Information.” Closed captioning will be provided in English. For questions or to request accessibility accommodations, please email

Asmaa Walton is a Detroit native and the founder of the Black Art Library. The Black Art Library is a collection of books she began curating on Black visual arts in early 2020. The goal is to turn this collection of books into a lending library and for it to be an educational resource for Black communities first and foremost. Asmaa holds an MA in Arts Politics from New York University and a BFA in Art Education from Michigan State University. Previously, she was the inaugural Keybank Diversity Leadership Fellow at The Toledo Museum of Art, and the 2019–2020 Romare Bearden Graduate Museum Fellow at the Saint Louis Art Museum.


Image: Courtesy of Asmaa Walton and the Black Art Library.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET

Online; free with registration