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This Light of Ours Exhibition Opening Gallery Talk: Leslie Kelen

January 14 @ 1:30 pm

| Free

To mark the opening of the exhibition This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement Leslie Kelen, Director of the Center for Documentary Expression and Art in Salt Lake City, Utah, will give a free lecture.  Mr. Kelen will speak about the Southern Freedom Movement and the creation of this important exhibition of historic photographs.  The lecture comes as part of the week-long celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jan. 14-21.  Mr Kelen will speak at 1:30 PM. A book signing follows.

Concurrent Event
Second Sunday Funday: I Have a Dream

Bring the family!  In Suite 200, crafts will be offered as part of Irving Arts Center’s Second Sunday Funday program.  During this month’s Funday, draw inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr’s message of peace, love and equality.  Attendees can take part in a guided craft program that’s fun for the whole family.  Drop in from 1-4 PM and let your family’s creative vision shine.

MLK Celebration 2018
A full Listing of the 2018 MLK Celebration events are available here.  Don’t miss Freedom Riders, a theatrical performance and very special presentation honoring two of the original Freedom Riders on January 21!

Leslie G Kelen Biography
Leslie G. Kelen was born in Budapest, Hungary, and emigrated to the United States with his parents, grandmother, and younger sister. A child of Holocaust survivors, Kelen received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Lehman College in the Bronx and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. He started working on documentary-style projects in the late 1970s. In 1983, he co-founded with Sandra Fuller the Utah Oral History Institute, which later became the Center for Documentary Expression and Art (CDEA). As CDEA’s executive director, Kelen charts the organization’s artistic and financial direction. CDEA is a recognized regional and nationalproducer of documentary projects and photography exhibits. Since 2000, CDEA also has developed artists/scholars-in-residence programs that are designed for public schools, use place-based learning activities, and combine arts-learning with learning in other disciplines. Over the past thirty years, Kelen has written book and theater reviews and published two chapbooks of poetry. He also is author of six non-fiction books, including, The Other Utahns: A Photographic Portfolio (1988); Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah (1996, 2001); Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art (1996), now in its fourth printing; Faces and Voices of Refugee Youth (2002); and This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement (2011.) In July 2003, together with his wife Dr. Joyce A. Kelen, he received the National Education Association’s Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award.


Gallery Hours:
Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.



January 14
1:30 pm
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