Louise Nevelson Day Celebrations Slated To Honor World Famous Artist, Sculpture In Jackson

JACKSON, MI - Marking the birthday of famous sculptor and artist Louise Nevelson, Jackson officials declared Sept. 23 to be Louise Nevelson Day earlier this month.

The Nevelson Day Celebration Ceremony is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the site of the Summer Night Tree sculpture - the corner of Michigan Avenue and Francis Street - with guest speaker John Bracey, executive director of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Refreshments will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to visit a historical display of Nevelson’s works and take a sculpture walk at the Ella Sharp Museum during the day’s festivities.

The late, Russian-born artist Nevelson created the sculpture “Summer Night Tree” and presented it to the city of Jackson in 1978.

Throughout the week of Sept. 21, children are invited to the Toy House, Jackson School of the Arts and Ella Sharp Museum for free hands-on Summer Night Tree activities. For those who are social media savvy, take a selfie with the sculpture and post it to #summernighttreeselfie to help the city celebrate.

JPAC has distributed “Louise Nevelson Day Classroom Activity Packets” to teachers in Jackson Public Schools to introduce students to the artist and her work this month. To request a packet, call 517-788-4035 or email toakley@cityofjackson.org. Additional festivities are planned for Sept. 23. For more details, email Janet Meyer at janetmeyer2005@gmail.com.

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