Stereotypes to Civil Rights: Black Paper Dolls in America

It is my pleasure to let you know of a new exhibit opening at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures on February 20, 2016. Stereotypes to Civil Rights: Black Paper Dolls in America is the collection of author and photographer Arabella Grayson ( Beginning with Topsy from Uncle Tom’s Cabin, the exhibit examines the evolution of racial perceptions in America through paper dolls. Over 100 objects will be on view through August 21, 2016.

Additionally, Ms. Grayson will visit in April for three programs:

The Two Hundred Year History of Black Paper Dolls
Thursday, April 7
6:00 pm -7:00 pm
This lecture will provide a chronological history of the origins of paper dolls, the introduction of black paper dolls in popular media, and the social changes reflected through paper dolls from the late 18th century to the present.

How Do We Know Who We Are?
Friday, April 8
2:00pm-3:00 pm
Grayson will highlight the ways in which media influences self-image and self-esteem through play. Using current affairs, personal anecdotes, and insights from her rare collection of Black paper dolls, Grayson reveals how individuals are always responding to media images by embracing or rejecting them.

Cutting Through Stereotypes
Saturday, April 9
1:00-4:00 pm
This interactive workshop assists participants in creating their own paper dolls based on historic or current events, or famous personalities.

All of these programs are free to UMKC students, faculty and staff. We hope you will come to visit the exhibit (and the newly renovated museum) and you will find it an engaging resource. Please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone you think might be interested.

Best wishes,
Laura Taylor
/ MUSEUM EDUCATORMAIN 816.235.8000 / DIRECT 816.235.8004

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