5 Art Events Happening This Weekend for Juneteenth

by | Jun 18, 2021 | Creative Destinations

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It has been celebrated annually since the last remaining slaves were freed by federal troops on June 19, 1965 in Galveston, Texas. If you would like to join the festivities in honor of this special day, here are a few events happening across Metro Detroit that you can attend.

1. Jubilee Freedom Weekend

For Juneteenth, the Charles H. Wright Museum is hosting a 3-day event that begins June 17 with a virtual screening of Juneteenth: Lift Every Voice. On June 18, you can head over Campus Martius for a free screening of the movie Concrete Cowboy. Topping things off will be the Juneteenth Jubilee Stroll which will take place down the Livernois Avenue of Fashion.

Charles H. Wright Museum Jubilee Day Celebration

(Graphic: Charles H. Wright Museum)

2. Family Matters (The Black Artist Dinner)

Local artist Tony Rave will host the season finale to his body of work, Family Matters, by honoring artists with a special six course meal that will be vegan, gluten, and nut free. The event will take place on Juneteenth at Anthology Coffee from 6-9pm. Visit Tony Rave’s instagram account here to learn more about the event or purchase tickets.

(Photo: Tony Rave)

3. “BAM: My Art is My Voice” Exhibition

On Saturday, Romulus-based artist Darin Darby will showcase his artwork along with 60+ mixed medium pieces from local artists including Laura Gibson, Judy Bowman, and Onzie D. Norman.  “BAM: My Art is My Voice” will open on Saturday at Collected Detroit, with an opening reception taking place from 6-9 p.m. “BAM” stands for Black Arts Movement and Black Art Matters. To attend, you can RSVP here.


(Graphic: Darin Darby)

4. Black Art Tour (w/ Boaz Bikes)

Join Tanya Stephens, a multi-disciplinary designer, artist, and founder of Detroit Curated, as she partners with Boaz Bikes for a special Black Art Tour for Juneteenth. Guests will meet at the Charles H. Wright Museum and ride through the city to view public works by various artists including Charles McGee, Hubert Massey, Sydney James, Phil Simpson, Sabrina Nelson, and more! Boaz Bikes is also providing free 30 minute rides when you download the app. To register or learn more about this event click here.

(Photo: Eventbrite/Detroit Curated/Tanya Stephens)

5. Juneteenth on the Blacktop

The Detroit Association of Black Organizations will be hosting a free celebration that includes children’s activities, spades tournaments, a Black queens paint party, and making a freedom bracelet with real beads from Ghana. For a complete listing, check out the event page here.

(Photo: Detroit Association of Black Organizations)

What festivities will you attend tomorrow? Share your Jubilee Day plans in the comments!


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