Storytime at Adventure

Parker Looks Up

An extraordinary moment

With Jessica & Parker Curry
Hosted by Dannielle Hutchinson
July 12, 2020

When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen—one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl’s imagination. When a nearby museum-goer snapped a photo of a mesmerized Parker, it became an internet sensation. Inspired by this visit, Parker, and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of a young girl and her family, whose trip to a museum becomes an extraordinary moment, in a moving picture book.

Parker Looks Up follows Parker, along with her baby sister and her mother, and her best friend Gia and Gia’s mother, as they walk the halls of a museum, seeing paintings of everyone and everything from George Washington Carver to Frida Kahlo, exotic flowers to graceful ballerinas. Then, Parker walks by Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama
. . . and almost passes it. But she stops . . . and looks up! 

Parker saw the possibility and promise, the hopes and dreams of herself in this powerful painting of Michelle Obama. An everyday moment became an extraordinary one…that continues to resonate its power, inspiration, and indelible impact. Because, as Jessica Curry said, “anything is possible regardless of race, class, or gender.”

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Meet the Authors

Jessica & Parker Curry

Jessica Curry is a New York Times bestselling author, writer, work-at-home full-time mother to Parker, Ava, and Cash. Her blog, Happy Mama Happy Babies, is a motherhood and lifestyle blog that chronicles their adventures. She and her family live in Washington, DC.

Parker Curry is five-years old and a full-time kindergarten student. She is precocious and talkative with a love for ballet and books. She lives with her mother, father, and younger sister and brother in Washington, DC.

Meet the Host

Dannielle Hutchinson

Dannielle is the Associate Education Director at ATMTC Academy. Prior to coming to Adventure Theatre, she was a high school English and Drama teacher as well as a teaching artist for several theatre companies.

In addition to teaching, Dannielle is a local DMV actor and company member of Nu Sass theatre company. She has previously performed with Theatre Alliance, Adventure Theatre, and Pinky Swear Productions. She was most recently seen as the Cranky Penguin from The Cranky Penguin (Jingle in July 2020, Adventure Theatre).

Her favorite part of working at Adventure Theatre is working with the students in the Academy to assist them in their theatrical journey! She looks forward to inspiring the next generation of theatre artists and patrons.

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