Second Annual Get Inspired! Fundraiser

Friday, April 27, 2012

“Through drawing, design and creative thinking and writing I strive to create work that sticks in the mind like an unforgettable melody.” Allan Drummond, Illustrator

The Ypsilanti District Library invites the community to Get Inspired! and join in supporting arts and cultural programming at the Ypsilanti Library by attending its second annual Get Inspired! fundraiser on Friday,  April 27 from 7-9 pm at YDL-Whittaker Road, 5577 Whittaker Road.

This year’s Get Inspired! event features acclaimed illustrator Allan Drummond whose works are the cornerstone of The Wartime Escape: Margret and H.A. Rey’s Journey from France,  currently on exhibition at YDL. He created these original drawings as part of a book published in 2005 called The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey written by Louise Borden. More than three generations of Americans have grown up reading the stories of an irrepressible little brown monkey known in this country as Curious George. But few people know about the incredible journey made by his creators, Margret and H.A. Rey, to escape the Nazi invasion of Paris at the start of World War II. Stashing a few precious belongings and manuscripts in their knapsacks and the baskets of their bicycles, the Jewish couple fled Paris in June 1940, starting a five-month odyssey by bike, train, and boat that would eventually bring them to American shores.

This unique evening will combine a view of the The Wartime Escape exhibit and a talk by Drummond telling how he was inspired to illustrate this powerful story.  Tickets are $30 each/$50 pair and may be obtained using a credit card at Brown Paper Tickets. Visit any YDL location to purchase tickets with cash or a check.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  View the event listing or call 734.879.1303 for more information.

Drummond worked as a journalist before studying graphic design at the London College of Printing and Illustration at the Royal College of Art.  As an illustrator, his clients include the Royal Mail, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, The Times and The Observer, as well as major design groups in the UK, USA, Norway and Japan.Allan’s words first found their place alongside his illustrations in The Willow Pattern Story, an American Bookseller Association’s award winner.  His other design credits include the London Underground at Holborn where thousands of travellers pass by the murals and floors he created.

Funds raised at this event will be used to support a wide array of arts and cultural programming at the Ypsilanti District Library. In recent years, YDL has been pleased to offer a multitude of events to inspire future generations to explore the arts and humanities. Traveling exhibits on Asian games, photography, Kente cloth, Snoopy and more have been on display.  Authors like Alexander McCall Smith, Sarah Vowell, and Anchee Min have visited YDL.  National Public Radio personalities Ira Glass and Scott Simon have shared their talents with the Ypsilanti community. Acclaimed songwriters have demonstrated how music inspires them at the Ypsi Song Fest.  YDL is proud to have brought such world-class talent to our residents. Please join us at this event and lend your support to continue such programs. 

The Wartime Escape exhibition includes supplemental archival images from the holdings of the DeGrummond Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Southern Mississippi. The exhibition is organized and curated by Beth Seldin Dotan, Director of the Institute for Holocaust Education in Omaha, Nebraska. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. The Friends of the Ypsilanti District Library’s generous support made the exhibit’s visit to Ypsilanti possible. The exhibit will be open to the public through April 30.

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