“Painting historical American subjects pushes me to learn more about who I am, where I come from, and the role my ancestors played in helping form our country.” – Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of Heart and Soul.
Kadir Nelson’s work brings history alive for students today. In the Prologue to Heart and Soulhe notes that young people won’t always have the chance to speak with the people who lived through the Civil Rights Movement, or who played baseball for a league that no longer exists. So he documents the stories from these people, vividly portrays them, so that they will be known and remembered, learned and absorbed by future generations.
"Heart and Soul is not only the story of my family, but an intimate introduction to American history that I hope will remind readers of our extraordinary story and inspire them to learn more about America as I have done – by exploring their unique family stories and their connection to the American story."
Every Saturday morning we offer Arabic and Persian language immersion learning in the Learn and Play Space.
These programs are made possible through a partnership with the Bridges Project, administered by the IU Center for the Study of Global Change.
The Bridges: Children, Languages, World Project strives to expose children to less commonly taught languages and culture through play, games, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and interactive activities. Exploratory programs in Arabic and Persian are led by IU students, some of them native speakers of their respective languages.
No registration is necessary for these programs. Just drop in!