In February, we celebrate Black History Month to honor the momentous achievements African Americans have made throughout history. Celebrate with us by attending an exciting array of events for all ages.
Events for Adults
The Emergence and Evolvement of Blues Music in American Culture (In person & Zoom)
Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m.
Musician and oral historian Fruteland Jackson explores blues music in America from its West African roots to its spread from the Mississippi Delta up to northern cities like Chicago and becoming the roots for another genre of music: rock and roll. Registration opens Thursday, January 12.
African American Heroes and Sheroes (Zoom)
Thursday, February 9, 7 p.m.
As a backdrop to her own family’s dreams and goals, Linda Gorham reveals the stories of African American men and women who broke color barriers and had noteworthy accomplishments—often despite difficult circumstances. Gorham incorporates story, music, photographs, personal narrative, quotes and interesting facts to commemorate their achievements. Register now.
The History of Stevie Wonder (Zoom)
Monday, February 20, 7 p.m.
Using performance and interview clips, we’ll trace the arc of Stevie’s amazing career to gain a deeper understanding of one of America’s national treasures. Register now.
Events for Teens
Art for Teens: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Tuesday, February 7, 6 p.m.
Create an art piece inspired by famous artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Registration opens Tuesday, January 17.
Jazz in Hip-Hop: A Bridge Through Time
Wednesday, February 15, 4:30 p.m.
Learn the history of sampling in hip-hop music, and then create your own music composition using a sample from a classic jazz song. Registration opens Friday, January 25.
Events for Children
Paint Like Basquiat
Friday, February 10, 10:30 a.m.
Follow in the footsteps of “Radiant Child” Jean-Michel Basquiat, and create a big, bold painting! Please dress for a mess. Registration opens Friday, January 20.
Green Means Go with Garrett Morgan
Tuesday, February 21, 4:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the creator of the first traffic signal with books and fun activities. You will also make your own traffic light to bring home! Registration opens Tuesday, January 31.
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes Craft Kit
Wednesday, February 22
Pick up this kit to explore the work of Dr. Patricia Bath, the trail-blazing cofounder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness, and make your own pair of paper glasses! Registration opens Wednesday, February 1.