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Family Days

African American Read-In and Family Day
Saturday, February 23, 2019
11 am – 1 pm
Piedmont Arts

Celebrating Black History Month



Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

In conjunction with the 29th Annual National African American Read-In, Piedmont Arts invites the community to take part in a celebration of African American artists, performers and writers at its annual African American Read-In and Family Day.

Danville-based storyteller Fred Motley will perform classic folktales, songs and stories from around the world at 11:30 am and 12:15 pm. A modern-day griot, Motley has traveled to festivals and other venues to teach African-American history, music and dance for over 30 years.

Community members will read excerpts from books, stories and poems by their favorite African American authors and a selection of books by African American authors will be on display courtesy of Joyce Staples.

Guests can also create a bookmark to take home and take part in a "Make Your Own Story" craft.

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

Complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome.

Artmobile Family Day
Saturday, March 23, 2019
11 am – 1 pm
Piedmont Arts



Sponsored by Blue Ridge Bank

Join Piedmont Arts for a special Family Day celebrating VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century. Enjoy crafts, snacks and tours of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' new Artmobile, a state-of-the-art traveling museum and art studio.

Complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome.

Encaustic Art Family Day
Saturday, August 17, 2019
11 am – 1 pm



Inspired by the museum's current exhibit, kids can create an encaustic, or hot wax, painting with special guest instructors.

Complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome.

African American Read-In and Family Day
Saturday, February 22, 2020
11 am – 1 pm
Piedmont Arts



Danville-based storyteller Fred Motley will perform at 11:30 am and 12:15 pm. A modern-day griot, Motley has traveled to festivals and other venues to teach African-American history, music and dance for over 30 years. His performances will include classic folktales, songs and stories from around the world. Community members will also read excerpts from books, stories and poems by their favorite African American authors.

Complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome.

Recycled Art Family Day
Saturday, April 25, 2020
11 am – 1 pm
Piedmont Arts



Celebrate Earth Day with by creating artwork from recycled materials.

Complimentary snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome.