Juneteenth Celebration and Opening of the Fourth Annual Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms Juried Art Show

Sat., June 17, 2017 • 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce

Join us on Saturday, June 17, for the opening of the Fourth Annual Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms Juried Art Show. The National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) and the African American Visual Artists Guild (AAVAG) of Dayton, Ohio, will host the fourth year of the art show, which will run through Saturday, January 13, 2018. 

The Black Heritage Through Visual Rhythms Juried Art Show celebrates mixed media highlighting the diversity, beauty and power of African American visual artists from across Ohio and the nation. The judges for this year’s show are artists Dr. Peggy Blood, Professor Kevin Harris and Brenda Joysmith.

In addition to the exhibit opening, NAAMCC will celebrate Juneteenth. Also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, it commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and the emancipation of African American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

The schedule for the June 17, 2017, opening includes:

  • 10:30–11:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast reception with the artists and judges
  • 11:30 a.m.–Noon Opening Celebration and Artist Awards Ceremony
  • 12:30–2 p.m. Beads, Beads and More Beads!!! Design and create unique, colorful beads using paper. Experiment with shape and size to create a strand of cool jewelry. Facilitated by Columbus art educator Lynn Grimes.
  • 2–4 p.m.  Live musical performance from S.T.A.R.S. Worldwide, a musical art youth program based in Columbus and Cincinnati.

    Riddle’s Ribs and Bar-B-Que of Springfield, Ohio, will set up on the museum grounds 11 a.m.–4 p.m. for lunch.
    All program activities are free with paid museum admission: $6/adult, $5/senior, $3/ages 6–17, Free/Ohio History Connection & NAAMCC members. Questions? Call 800.752.2603 or visit ohiohistory.org/naamcc

    Supporting the Arts

    For the last four years, the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center has partnered with the African American Visual Artist Guild to present a national juried art show. The exhibit has included a remarkable variety of art, including paintings, quilts, sculptures, lithographic prints and many other forms of art. In addition to featuring contemporary art by African-American artists, this show includes cash prizes funded by the two partnering institutions.

Author: Timesmedia

Horace Dozier Sr. Senior Editor/ Photographer at Timesmediaus Publisher of "The Dayton Times"

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