FREE: The Pink Palace’s “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community”

The Pink Palace Museum is hosted a free community opening 

The upcoming Pink Palace Museum Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community Memphis bicentennial exhibit is all about connecting Memphis communities. What better way to connect with communities than to kick off the exhibit with a free Community Opening Day.

The Community Opening Day is Sunday, March 3 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission to the Making Memphis exhibit is free. The event will feature performances throughout the day highlighting Stax Music Academy, Danza Azteca Memphis an ingenious Mexican dance group, Opera Memphis, Ekpe Abioto  African drumming and Playback Memphis performing an interactive one-hour theater performance about “Identity and Heritage” in Memphis, one of the exhibit themes.

There will be tables hosted by 15 local organizations providing information about their mission, services and activities.

About the bicentennial exhibit

The Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community bicentennial exhibit interprets events of the past 200 years that have shaped Memphis’ past, present, and form the basis for our future. The Making Memphis exhibit illustrates how the threads of Memphis history form a larger story or web of history. The exhibit runs March 2 through October 2019.  The five major exhibit threads are Heritage and Identity, Commerce and Entrepreneurialism, Migration and Settlement, Art and Entertainment and Geography and the Environment.

Each theme is represented by one of five freestanding color-coded structures (pods) that represent its theme as one thread of history. A color-coated cable (corresponding with the pod’s color) will run to the other pods, physically and symbolically connecting them. The intertwined cables create a dramatic web along the ceiling.

“Visitors can actually walk through time to understand the chronology of major events by following the threads as they intersect with each other and see how different unique events influenced each other,” said Nur Abdalla, coordinating curator at the Pink Palace Museum.

These intersections will be physically represented at points along the ceiling cables.