In recognition of Black History Month, we've invited the Curator of Education from the Dennos Museum Center to tell us a little about "Embrace the Dream" -- a project inspired by the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King. When asked to contribute a story for this blog, I was honored to be given the opportunity to discuss Embrace the Dream. As an arts and culture programmer, it is one of my goals to bring a diverse range of visual and performing arts to the area. Through various events and art forms, the project meets this goal in creative and thought provoking ways. There are many organizations in this region that work hard to instill a sense of the larger global experience. These efforts have made a strong impact on me in my first two years of living in Traverse City. To see the community grow and celebrate this diversity is inspiring and it is evident in the programming of Embrace the Dream. This collaboration is amazing! Not only does it provide a series of cultural events for the public but it also creates significant opportunities for education and dialog. In its third year, Embrace the Dream is a project by several area organizations, founded upon the values of Dr. Martin Luther King. Featuring mostly free programs including films, musical performances, exhibitions, panel discussions, and other arts activities, Embrace the Dream runs until mid-April. For more information and a calendar of events, visit I am proud to be a part of this amazing project that would not be possible without the support of attendees and all of the sponsoring partners! Many thanks to: The Dennos Museum Center; Northwestern Michigan College Student Life; Habitat for Humanity – Grand Traverse Region; Building Bridges With Music; Great Lakes Children’s Museum; State Theatre; Traverse Area District Library; and the Traverse City Human Rights Commission. Jason Dake is Curator of Education at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. Prior to his work at the Dennos, Jason worked in the education department at the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI. He is involved in visual and performing arts in the area, and plays at open mic nights in his spare time.