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Presented By: University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

Feel Good Fridays at UMMA

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Feel Good Friday is a gathering of art and humans.    Join us on the second Friday of each month at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Looking for a reason to feel good? Let art, music, and culture lift you up. Reconnect and recharge each month at Feel Good Friday.    Free and open to the public. No advance registration required.   March is Feel Good Voices: An evening of spoken word, poetry, music, and drumming to celebrate creative expressions of the African diaspora and the legacy of Michigan artist, educator, and activist Jon Onye Lockard. Visit , UMMA’s newly reinstalled galleries of African art, and meet the powerful work of Jon Onye Lockard alongside Mary Sibande, Jacob Lawrence, Qes Adamu Tesfaw, and more. In partnership and celebration of the African American Cultural and Historical Museum exhibition and the 50th anniversary of the U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, this Feel Good Friday is about coming together during challenging times to lift our voices and honor the people who shape us as individuals and as a community. 

Featuring spoken word artists Debby Covington, Elizabeth James, Will Jones, Myron H. Michael, B. Ward, and Jacob Ward; with Tariq Gardner on drum.

About Jon Onye Lockard: Born in Detroit, Lockard was a powerful and awe-inspiring artist, muralist, master painter, educator, historian and storyteller. His works may be found in many collections nationally and internationally and some of his murals and portraits are at Wayne State University, University of Michigan, Central State University and the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. He was a professor emeritus from Washtenaw Community College where he taught life drawing and portraiture for over 40 years. He was also a lecturer and founding faculty member of the Department of African American & African Studies at the U-M.

Created in collaboration with the African American Culture and History Museum, the Jon Onye Lockard Foundation, and the U-M Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

SAVE THE DATE: future Feel Good Fridays on April 8, and the second Friday of every month.

Health & Safety Requirements

HEALTH SCREENING The ResponsiBLUE health screening will be required for all visitors and involves answering a few, quick questions about your health and recent COVID-19 exposure risk. Your check-in host will walk you through the process, it will take less than one minute.  You can pre-complete the health screening up to 24-hours in advance of your visit:

VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE TEST REQUIRED All guests and staff ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test taken within 72 hours of the event.  If you haven't already done so, take a photo of your vaccine card and save it to your phone.

MASKS REQUIRED Masks are currently required for anyone entering the Museum regardless of vaccination status in accordance with University of Michigan policies. Thank you for helping us keep UMMA open and visitors safe.  UMMA has disposable masks available should you need one.

If you are not feeling well on the day of the event, please stay home.  

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, and the African Studies Center.

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