Black History Month

February is Black History Month — a time to recognize the vital contributions of African Americans to U.S. history and culture.

Black History Month is an important time to pay tribute to the struggles, triumphs and creativity of African Americans and to recognize and celebrate how these contributions helped to build and shape the America we know today.

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



Freeman Vines | Hanging Tree Guitars

January 28 – March 18, 2023 • Piedmont Arts

For decades, artist Freeman Vines has made guitars in his shop in eastern North Carolina using found objects, including wood from a tree where a man was once lynched. In addition to Vines' haunting sculptures, the Hanging Tree Guitars exhibition also includes a number of tintype photographs by Timothy Duffy. 

Admission Free


Rupe Dalton Retrospective

January 28 – March 18, 2023 • Piedmont Arts

Scott "Rupe" Dalton was a nationally recognized artist from Henry County, Virginia. His airbrush paintings depict scenes from the everyday lives of his friends, family and neighbors and speak to the traditions of many Black Southern families.

Admission Free




African American Read-In + Family Day

Saturday, February 25, 2023

10 am – 12 pm • Piedmont Arts

Take part in the museum’s annual celebration of African American artists, performers and writers with story time, crafts and a public read-aloud. Held in conjunction with the National African American Read-In, established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. 

Sponsored by Sovah Health and Carter Bank & Trust

Admission Free 

Riddick Dance

Thursday, March 16, 2023

6:30 pm Reception • 7 pm Performance • Piedmont Arts

Riddick Dance is a contemporary dance company known for its broad dance repertory, expressive movement, athleticism and fusion of dance styles. In performance, Riddick Dance uses diverse platforms of presentation including, visual media, spoken word, live music and visual art.

$20 General Admission




Discovery Room

Visit the Discovery Room at Piedmont Arts to create free crafts and to learn about Black history.

Treasure Chests

Teachers can check out a Treasure Chest related to Black History Month: Underground Railroad, Fight for Freedom, Black History.

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