250 Thompson's Point Road
Portland, ME 04102
Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival at The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
Saturday, September 23, 2023, 9:30 am – 3 pm
The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine is proud to partner with Indigo Arts Alliance (IAA) for the 4th annual Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival, a celebration of children’s book authors and illustrators of the African Diaspora. On Saturday, September 23rd, CMTM will present an in-person schedule of literary and art activities for the whole family, including a Read Aloud with A Feast for Joseph author OD Bonny, art-making workshops, and theatrical beat-making. The Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival is presented with support from M&T Bank, and I’m Your Neighbor Books. The event is also an official Dollar Day$ event. Admission to the Museum & Theatre will be $1* for every visitor, thanks to generous support from WEX, Inc.
*Dollar Day$ admission applies to all visitors. Dollar Day$ admission pricing also applies to theatre shows when available. Separate reservations are required. Dollar Day$ is part of CMTM’s ongoing work and commitment, through the generosity of funding partners, to eliminate barriers families might face in taking full advantage of the facility. Everyone belongs at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. A child must accompany adult visitors. Visitation is expected to be high. Reservations are recommended.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, September 23
Doors at 9 am. Events begin at 9:30 am.
Read Alouds, Music, and Art-Making Activities
9:30 am – A Feast for Joseph Read Aloud Featuring Author OD Bonny
10 am – Create An Artistic Feast!: Celebrating A Feast for Joseph
10:30 am – Blackbird Beats
11:30 am – When I Get Older Read Aloud
12:30 pm – Blackbird Beats
1 pm – Poem of Courage: When I Get Older Art and Poetry
1:30 pm – Indigo Dreaming Read Aloud
2 pm – Incredible Indigo: Symmetry in Art/ The Greatest Superhero You’ve Never Ever Heard Of, based on the book Stuntboy, in the Meantime
2:30 pm – Blackbird Beats