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Tom Miller Day: Can a Coal Scuttle Fly Reading
Declared in 1995 by Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Tom Miller Day was intended to be a celebration honoring the life and talent of Baltimore’s most iconic artist Thomas Patton Miller (1945-2000). Until this year the day was lost in the archives, but Miller’s spirit remains throughout Baltimore.

Tom Miller coined the phrase “Afro-Deco” while studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He was influenced by Baltimore life, 1930s Art Deco, and African American memorabilia. Miller was one of the first African American artists to have a solo exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art. On June 23, 2000, Tom Miller passed away from AIDS-related complications, at the age of 54.

Celebrate Tom Miller all week! Learn about his life, art, and mural locations. The highlight of the week will be a reading of Can a Coal Scuttle Fly? on Tom Miller Day, with former mayor and current University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke. Internationally acclaimed Baltimore poet Akilah Divine will recite two commissioned pieces honoring Tom Miller’s legacy.

In partnership, the Maryland Center for History and Culture is offering free admission to its museum
where some of Tom Miller’s work is displayed.

Use promo code: TomMillerDay. Valid until Feb 2022.

Tickets available on the musuem's website. Please purchase tickets in advance to minimize large crowds.

Feb 18, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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