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 free exhibits, events and educational programs:



Our Living Past

January 22 – March 12, 2022

Photographer Timothy Duffy immortalizes Southern musical heroes and the world in which they live. The founder of Music Maker Foundation — a non-profit that preserves the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it — Duffy traveled the South to capture this compelling collection of black-and-white tintype portraits of Southern musicians. Many of Duffy's subjects are the great, great grandchildren of enslaved people. The blues, gospel and jazz they created under these dire circumstances have profoundly shaped every contemporary form of popular music around the globe. Faced with this history, Duffy's images challenge the viewer to consider issues of racial equity as well as America's cultural heritage. More...



African American Read-In + Family Day

Saturday, February 19, 2022 • 11 am – 2 pm

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

Take part in the museum’s annual celebration of African American artists, performers and writers. The event will feature a drumming workshop, story time, crafts, a performance by Kuumba Dance Ensemble, Inc. 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. More...



Discovery Board

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

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, a play by Virginia Repertory Theatre will be available to stream February 21 – 28. For log in information, please email

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