Black History Month

Celebrating the contributions of African Americans to arts + culture

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. For museums of all kinds, Black History Month is an important time to pay tribute to the vital contributions, triumphs and creativity of African Americans.

Throughout February, Piedmont Arts is celebrating Black History Month with exhibits, events and educational programs:

 

Exhibits

I Am...

January 23 – February 27, 2021

Jason Franklin's work narrates the human condition from an American perspective. He brings to life everyday situations and feelings, like love, family, faith, dreams, and friendship, in extraordinary ways. Much of his work documents unique facets of American life and celebrates the indomitable spirit.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

January 23 – February 27, 2021

The story of women's suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to women, and especially women of color, whose fight required even more persistence.

 

Education

Discovery Board

January 23 – February 27, 2021

Located outside the Discovery Room, the Discovery Board provides activities for children to learn, explore and play while visiting the museum. From facts about artists and historic figures, to coloring sheets, to take-home crafts, visitors can find educational activities that relate to the museum's exhibits. Black History Month activities, include:

  • Artist Spotlight: Highlighting the contributions of African American artists to arts and culture
  • Lesson ideas and activities about historic contributions of African Americans
  • Coloring sheets
  • Display of books by African American authors on loan from community members

Virtual African American Read-In + Family Day

Saturday, February 20, 2021 • 11 am • Facebook Live

Led by Education Coordinator Sarah Short, this online-only event will highlight contributions by African American artists to American music. Short will read the children's book, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, and guide participants through a musical craft using everyday items you can find around the house. Community members will also read excerpts from books, stories and poems by their favorite African American authors.

Black History Month Zoom Lessons

Through the month of March, Piedmont Arts will offer Zoom lessons on black history to all public school teachers. Teachers interested in presenting a Zoom lesson to their class should contact Education Coordinator Sarah Short at sshort@piedmontarts.org.

 

Events

Canceled – Riddick Dance

February 18, 2021 • 6:30 pm

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the performance by Riddick Dance, scheduled for Thursday, February 18, has been canceled.

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