Maddy By Debbie Britt 2002
The lack of funding as well as being unable to locate a space that
could accommodate the more than 600 dolls of color, from the
private collection of Debra Britt was the catalyst for Doll E
The idea for this cultural event that would promote culture
diversity, nurture self esteem and teach self acceptance was
formulated, devised, developed and initiated while researching
funding options at the local library. If displaying the collection in its
entirety was impossible then small exhibits at various locations could
be an option. The library display case could be a possibility, although
there were two display cases in the lobby I soon found out that the
other belonged to the Council of Aging. I contacted each program
coordinator and requested permission to exhibit dolls from my
collection. I pondered about what month would allow me sufficient
time to organize the display.
February could work ,it was six months away, the library hadn't
planned the space that far in advance and the added bonus the creme
de la creme it was" Black History Month "in the U.S .
With these two sites secured I began to visualize the exhibit.
Inspired by Debbie Garrett's book "The DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO
BLACK DOLL COLLECTING " in hand I decided to showcase the
dolls by categories one display case of vintage through present and
the other for Barbie. How would I include my OOAK's ,Artist, soft
sculptured., holiday or character dolls ? I decided to call the
libraries in the surrounding towns, I received such a positive
response my imagination took control. Wouldn't it be grand if I could
call upon all of my dolly friends to participate and libraries across
the nation would have exhibits during the same time. .
Voila!! Doll E Daze A cultural event commemorating Black History
month that would dazzle the public with an exhibit of Black Dolls.
Doll E Daze
To be assured that the public would be aware of the various
exhibits,, flyer's will be posted as to the location of participating
libraries and category of dolls being exhibited. A database has now
been created for other doll collectors who have answered the call to
I wish to thank each of you that have visualized my dream and will
participate in making it a reality.