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Celebrate Black History Month
February 18 - February 19
Kidspace is a proud sponsor of the 42nd Annual City of Pasadena Black History Month Parade and Festival, celebrating the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson on Saturday, February 17 at Robinson Park. The museum will host a family art program at the festival designed to illustrate Robinson’s legacy of activism and action for civil rights.
“Life is not a spectator sport.” – Jackie Robinson
The Jackie Robinson celebration continues at Kidspace on Sunday, February 18, and Monday, February 19. We invite families to pay tribute to his legacy through art and to come together to celebrate the power of community to create a better world.
In collaboration with Transformative Arts, Kidspace will host L.A.-based artist April Banks to create a large-scale community artwork representing our commitment to continue Robinson’s activism for freedom and civil rights and inspired by the work of acclaimed artist Glenn Ligon. In his piece, Hands (1997), Ligon references 1995’s Million Man March at which hundreds of thousands of Black men came together as a visual, vocal representation of the Black family. Ligon’s work says more than “we are here,” it calls for action and accountability. Honoring Robinson’s legacy and Ligon’s work, the community art piece will invite participants to place their handprints on canvas as a symbol of their shared commitment to freedom and civil rights.
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April Banks is an artist working across visual art, social engagement, and exhibition design. Her practice sits intentionally between image, space, and experience. Her recent work time travels through historical archives and memories, questioning what we think we know of the past and how it informs our cultural positioning systems and future identities.
Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Daytona Beach, New Hampshire, Maryland, New York, Switzerland, Colombia, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Senegal and Ethiopia. Her work is in the collection of the Getty Museum and other private collections.
April graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University in Virginia in 1996. She obtained a Master of Science in Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1999.
April currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.