This is a community announcement from the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit Community Announcements, send them to Matt Butler at mbutler@ithacavoice.com.

Event information: 

When: Sunday, April 3, from 2-4pm

Where: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, 1 Congress St., Trumansburg, NY

What: The public is invited to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of nonviolence through hands-on education, art, writing activities, and discussion for people of all ages. Featuring open mic readings of Martin Luther King Jr’s speeches. 

Who: The public is invited to attend. Free event. Kids welcome. 

The intention of the event is to bring people together to celebrate Dr. King’s life (Jan. 15, 1929- April 4, 1968.) Participants will be invited to join in activities presented in collaboration with many area nonprofit organizations:

  • AntiRacists in Enfield will facilitate a guided space for participants to reflect on the influence of racism and white privilege in contemporary society.
  • Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts will be hosting an interactive art activity for children & teens.  
  • Postcards and Coffee will share materials and tools for connecting with public officials, and opportunities to help fight voter suppression in communities of color. 
  • Tompkins County Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (JEDI) will present their video of youth sharing their vision of what a more equitable Tompkins County looks and feels like to them. JEDI will provide the opportunity for young people to share additional thoughts on equity via written statements, drawings, video, and audio recordings. 
  • On Earth Peace will introduce participants to the six principles of nonviolence based on Dr. King’s writing and speeches and share upcoming opportunities for Kingian nonviolence training workshops.  
  • Ulysses Philomathic Library will offer a selection of relevant books for all ages for browsing and borrowing. 
  • Trumansburg Middle School Social Justice Club students will engage young participants in coloring activities related to Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • Trumansburg Area Churches (Ecumenical Council) will show related artwork and provide refreshments. 
  • Ulysses Historical Society will present historical data and writings related to black residents/families of the town of Ulysses as part of an ongoing project.

Participants will be invited to share segments of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches via an open mic throughout the two hour event. 

About the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Planning Committee: 

This event is facilitated by a group of community volunteers who saw our annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as an important opportunity to continue discussions surrounding racism and nonviolent principles of organizing in a setting that is friendly and welcoming to adults, teens, and families with young children. The committee opted to postpone the event, (originally scheduled to take place in January) due to Covid concerns, and has now rescheduled for April 3, just shy of the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, April 4.