Knight Detroit Children's Book Fair

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Date Awarded
10/01/12
Amount
$750,000
Grant Period
10/01/12 to 09/30/17
Focus Area
Fostering the Arts
Community
Detroit
Initiative
Knight Arts Challenge

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To use the arts to foster an interest in reading by weaving interactive cultural experiences throughout the museum’s Children’s Book Fair

The museum’s Children’s Book Fair engages kids from throughout the city with featured writers, book giveaways, and a range of performing artists. Families also participate in hands-on arts projects that focus on the relationships between art, language and reading. Knight funding will help the fair build on that success by developing interpretative arts experiences that seek to foster creativity and compel an interest in reading.

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Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore is a professional with over 30 years of museum experience. She has served as a curator, educator, administrator and museum planner. Ms. Moore is the current president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, M.I.), the largest museum of its kind in the nation. Prior to assuming her current post, she served as executive director of the American Jazz Museum and the Gem Theater located in the 18th & Vine Historic District (Kansas City, M.O.).

Ms. Moore served as founding Executive Director of the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, T.N.). In that capacity, Ms. Moore oversaw the construction and opening of the museum located at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to Memphis, Ms. Moore spent several years planning and subsequently opening the National African American Museum and Cultural Center (Wilberforce, OH). As a senior member of the planning team, she was pivotal in developing a strategy and concept for building a nationally donated collection.

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