100th Birthday – Museums

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From kids’ parties to art exhibits, museums found myriad ways to commemorate Keats


Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, October 15, 2016

Ezra Jack Keats’s 100th Birthday Celebration aimed to spark imaginations with Keats stories and snowy day crafts, party hats, goggles and more.

The Jewish Museum, NYC, July 14, 2016

“Ezra Jack Keats: A Centennial Celebration” was an educator’s workshop in two parts: a talk about Ezra’s work, influences and legacy by historian and author Leonard Marcus, followed by an art workshop on color and collage.

The Zimmer Children’s Museum, Los Angeles, July 17, 2016

The Zimmer joined our centennial celebration for Ezra by throwing a lively party in his honor. Organized by Associate Director Belinda Vong, “Happy 100th Ezra Jack Keats!” filled a Sunday afternoon with an array of sensory and art activities, and of course, Keats’s timeless stories.

Brooklyn Museum, New York, June 18, 2016

The Brooklyn Museum runs a wonderful program of studio classes for children, teen and adults, the Gallery/Studio Program, to which the EJK Foundation contributes an annual scholarship. When the museum hosted an opening party of its exhibition of student works, the afternoon was dedicated to Ezra, whose Brooklyn childhood and commitment to arts education fit right in.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, March 13, 2016

It was an EJK double-header at The Contemporary Jewish Museum on March 13, when San Francisco’s EJK Bookmaking Competition winners celebrated Keats’s 100th birthday. The event, titled “Celebrating Authors Big and Small”—a special family program that included birthday cakes, books, music and even puppies from the SPCA—was followed by a private awards ceremony for the young bookmakers and their families. The San Francisco Public Library, the museum’s Bookmaking partner, co-presented the event.