All ages will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through lectures, performances, workshops and community discussions throughout the state. Activities are free and on Monday, Jan. 18, unless otherwise noted.
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., honors King through art-making, performances and tours. "Freedom: In 3 Acts," by Bated Breath Theatre Company, will take place at 2 p.m. Presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. 860-278-2670; thewadsworth.org.
The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford celebrates Martin Luther King Day with free admission for Hartford residents from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; the last tour is at 4:30 p.m. Next door, at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, admission is free with tours from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there will be hands-on activities for all ages. At noon, the Center joins the King Center and organizations around the world to ring bells for peace: Throughout the day, Stowe Center and the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut will be collecting new bath towels for emergency centers.
At the Connecticut Science Center, every pays kids price, $14.95, Jan. 16 to 18 to celebrate Martin Luther King day.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History: 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice is Sunday, Jan. 17, from noon to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes performances and educational activities. Entertainment by the Kouffin Kanecke Company and others. New Haven Museum hosts the storytelling portion of the Peabody celebration on Monday, Jan. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. Sessions include tales by three professional storytellers: Joy W. Donaldson, Waltrina Kirkland Mullins and Karen Johnson. peabody.yale.edu.
University of Hartford, Lincoln Theater, West Hartford: "Nonviolence: A Reawakening of Our Nation's Consciousness" is the theme of the university's 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance from 11 a.m. to noon, featuring a program of music and reflections honoring the civil rights leader, highlighted by an address by actor, singer, composer, producer and minister Clifton Davis, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Hartford at commencement in May 2015. hartford.edu.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford: Free tours from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. At noon, bells will be rung for nonviolence and peace. Following the bell ringing, there will be a conversation on how King's work relates to today and ways to work toward justice. The Stowe Visitor Center will be open for free hands-on activities for all ages. 860-522-9258, Ext. 317; harrietbeecherstowecenter.org.
Bruce Museum, Greenwich: Martin Luther King Jr. Family Day is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering free admission, family activities inspired by current exhibits and performances by Bright Star Theatre Company. The 11 a.m. performance of George Washington Carver and Friends, designed for families with children aged 3 to 8, presents a fast-paced and inspiring introduction to some of the most influential black Americans of the past 150 years, including Booker T. Washington, Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall. The museum will also host craft activities in the Education Workshop for all ages throughout the day. brucemuseum.org.
Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport: $5 admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. beardsleyzoo.com.
State Capitol, Hartford: The 30th annual National Bell Ringing will be at 11 a.m. Keynote speaker is state Sen. Eric D. Coleman. Sponsored by the CT Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission. 860-541-3408.
West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium: West Hartford's 20th annual King celebration, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., includes keynote speaker Dr. Constance Belton Green, a renowned consultant on diversity and race (and the first African American woman to receive a juris doctor from the University of Connecticut, School of Law) and musical performances by the Conard High School Jazz Combo, Conard's Voices of the World Choir and the King Philip Middle School Singers. Leslie Mayes from NBC Connecticut News will serve as master of ceremonies. westhartfordct.gov.
Simsbury Free Library: A King documentary about the civil rights leader's time in Simsbury shown Thursday, Jan. 14, at 3:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with members of the current MLK Memorial Committee. The 16-minute documentary, completed in 2011, was produced by Simsbury High School students. Refreshments served. Reservations requested. simsburyfreelibrary.org
Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, Chester: Marking King's birthday, on Friday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Michael Roth, Wesleyan University president, will address the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement on university campuses. Roth will speak during the annual Erev Shabbat service honoring King. This service will also include civil rights songs led by the CBSRZ choir, under the direction of Meg Gister. Refreshments follow. Afro-Semitic Experience performs Sunday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. $25 adults; free for children under 16. 860-526-8920, cbsrz.org.
Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, West Hartford: West Hartford community leaders will discuss civil rights, race and the urban-suburban relationship from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Speakers include Mayor Scott Slifka; the Rev. Damaris Whittaker, United Church of Christ; and Charmaine Craig, environmental activist. Opening remarks by Superintendent Thomas Moore; and Andrea Kasper, head of School of Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford. Reservations required: 860-561-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Britain Museum of American Art is celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a free Community Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Create an inspirational badge in Art Studio C while watching King's historic speech "I Have a Dream." Also, join New Britain author Akintunde Sogunro at 1:30 p.m. for a reading of his recently-published book Mama Stitches. Lastly, learn about African-American artists in the Museum's collection and how their artistic practice helped, and continues to help, shape American history during an in-depth guided tour. nbmaa.org