Spend a summer afternoon indoors with your family and friends and explore CAMH’s current exhibitions, Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks and Mariah Garnett: Dreamed This Gateway, through hands-on activities, workshops with our community partners, and more!
Scavenger Hunt for Shapes and Patterns
Explore the vivid portraits in the exhibition, Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, through a scavenger hunt for shapes and patterns.
Practice a short meditation within CAMH’s current exhibitions, Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks and Mariah Garnett: Dreamed This Gateway.
Mindful Observation of Sounds
Explore the operatic videos and experimental vocals heard throughout the exhibition, Mariah Garnett: Dreamed This Gateway, with a series of mindfulness exercises.
Listen to a playlist of songs curated by Amoako Boafo, which inspire and energize his creative process. Please note some songs may contain explicit content.
Explore the exhibition, Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, then create a still-life drawing from live plants in the gallery space.
Pipe Cleaner Portraits
Create a three-dimensional portrait with pipe cleaners inspired by the work in the exhibition, Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks.
Visit the Museum and a solve jigsaw puzzle of Umber Brown Belt (2020) by Amoako Boafo.
Blackout and Collage Poetry
Inspired by the exhibition, Mariah Garnett: Dreamed This Gateway, create a poem using printed text from children’s books and magazines.
Additional Activities and Workshops
Workshop | Collage Poetry with Jaison Oliver
Inspired by the works in Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, create your own poetry by repurposing text from The Souls of Black Folk (1903) by W.E.B Du Bois selected by educator and facilitator Jaison Oliver.
Performance | Poetry Busking with T Lavois Thiebaud
Join multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker T Lavois Thiebaud as they busk poems on a vintage typewriter.
Community Partner | Houston Public Library
Houston Public Library will be onsite to sign up guests for library cards, and to share about their many free programs, services, and resources available to the community!
About Jaison Oliver
Jaison Oliver is an educator and an organizer with the BLMHTX/ImagiNoir Collective, building collaborative spaces in order to imagine and create more equitable communities where Black people can thrive. He works with local and national organizations to fill multicultural and gender gaps in contemporary art history through Wikipedia edit-a-thons. Jaison blogs at MyHoustonEvents.com and facilitates the Houston Afrofuturism Book Club, which gathers monthly to discuss speculative fiction by and about Black people.
About T Lavois Thiebaud
T Lavois Thiebaud is an exploratory, multidisciplinary artist whose work evolves from the poetic word. “Tender and intimate and strange” (Glasstire, Best of 2018), their work aims to connect and catalyze audiences to seek a more inclusive understanding of humanity. You can find them most weekends busking poems on a vintage typewriter “For Sale, Barter, or Trade.”
About Houston Public Library
Houston Public Library (HPL) is a dynamic organization that serves one of the largest service areas—both population and area—in the country. 2.3 million residents in the City of Houston are the primary beneficiaries of a comprehensive customer-focused service delivery strategy.
HPL’s system comprises 44 public service units including 31 neighborhood libraries, four regional libraries, three special collection Libraries and four express libraries, the HPL Mobile Express and a satellite library located at the Children’s Museum of Houston. HPL’s flagship facility, Central Library, located in downtown Houston, anchors this constellation of service points.