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The museum, although temporarily closed, is still holding virtual events for MLK Day.

Our art and history museums may be closed, but that doesn’t stop them from honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr on Monday.

Both institutions have released plans for virtual events despite their closures. the Saint Louis Art Museum will feature a presentation inspired by photos by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Moneta Sleet Jr. The photos “embody the concept of joy as an act of resistance,” according to SLAM’s website. Black performing artists will also be present at the celebration, responding to the photographs with word, dance or music. The artists are Alicia Revé, Freeman Word and Robert Crenshaw.

SLAM’s virtual event opens Monday and will be available for viewing throughout 2022. Registration is not required.

Missouri History Museum events begin this weekend and feature both in-person and virtual elements. A Touchless Book and Craft Kit will take place on the park’s south sidewalk on January 15 and 16 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., with each kit containing peace sign art and supplies to create your own brand- community affirmation page. The STL Collective is partnering with the History Museum on Sundays from 4-5 p.m. for a virtual yoga class as well.

On Monday, two separate virtual workshops on youth activism are available for children aged six to twelve and twelve to eighteen. Black children’s literature authors from St. Louis will also join the activities, presenting a storytelling performance of two books by local authors. Find more information about

The St. Louis International Institute is also hosting a donation drive at 3401 Arsenal Street in honor of MLK Day, where they will collect laptops, quilts, light bulbs, lamps and headphones. Find more information about their Facebook.

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