Family First Presented by Novant Health: The Making of Crown, Workshops for Young Writers and Painters

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Join the Gantt Center as we celebrate the creators of the award-winning book, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut. Kirkus Review says “This book oozes black cool and timely, much-needed black joy, using the unique and expansive experience of the barbershop to remind young boys that their inner lives have always mattered there.”

Writer Derrick Barnes and Illustrator Gordon C. James will read their new book, discuss the process of creating a picture book and sign copies of Crown before leading writing and portrait painting workshops for students.
The reading is free to all, however an RSVP is required. Students may participate in both the writing and painting workshops for their age group for one price.
¥ 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM: FREE Reading and book signing
¥ 12:00 Noon: Portrait Painting Workshop (ages 5-13)
¥ 12:00 Noon: Writing Workshop (high school+)
¥ 1:00 PM: Portrait Painting Workshop (high school+)
¥ 1:00 PM: Writing Workshop (ages 5-13)
Listed as one of the best picture books in 2017 for 5-12 year-old readers, Kirkus Reviews concludes, saying Crown is “one of the best reads... in years [and] should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop.”
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Start Time
11:00 am
End Time
2:00 pm
Event Category