Martin Luther King Jr. sits at a desk with other people.

Charles "Teenie" Harris, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with Loran Mann, Charles Harris, Matthew Moore, and Tom McGarrity at press conference, University of Pittsburgh, 1966, Heinz Family Fund, 2001.35.3168, © Carnegie Museum of Art

Art + Empathy: CMOA Celebrates MLK

Carnegie Museum of Art

Free Event


January 21, 2019, marks the 90th birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose message of equal rights for all is as important today as it was during his lifetime. Carnegie Museum of Art celebrates his legacy through artworks and activities that inspire discussion and reflection. All are invited to enjoy the following family friendly activities, free with admission.

  • Collaborative Dream Mural in the Studio
    11 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Stop by the Studio to contribute to a collaborative mural. Draw or write your dreams for the positive changes you hope to see in the world. The whole family can participate! Come back at 4 p.m. to see the completed mural.
  • Self-Portraits in the Galleries
    11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Look at examples of portraits found in the galleries, then create your very own self-portrait to take home. As you draw, reflect on the things that are difficult to depict in a portrait, such as your hopes, dreams, and feelings—many of which are shared by other people, even if they look different from you on the outside.
  • Back-to-Back Drawing in the Galleries
    11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    Join us in the Scaife Galleries for this fun drawing game that emphasizes collaboration and communication. Try sketching an artwork that you can't see, while a friend or family member describes it to you.
  • Art Chat: Tavares Strachan, The Encyclopaedia of Invisibility
    11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
    Meet in Scaife Lobby
    Carnegie International artist Tavares Strachan illuminates the museum's exterior with the names of some of history's less visible figures. Through dialogue with an expert docent, celebrate these individuals and their contributions to humanity.