Black History Month Family Events

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Romare Bearden: "Mother and Child"

There are some wonderful ways to celebrate Black History Month with your family in February. Maplewood Memorial Library has events and activities throughout the month to celebrate. There will be a LEGO event honoring the NYC architect J. Max Bond, designer of the Schomburg Center, movies, quilt crafts, trivia nights, concerts and more. Check the calendar to see all the details.

Here are some other ways to celebrate Black History Month with your family:

Tapping the Source
Who:
All ages.
What: NJTAP Ensemble returns to Westminster to kick off Bloomfield College’s Black History month celebration. The entire family will enjoy an evening of tap dancing that shines the spotlight on today’s young tap artists emerging from the shadows of yesterday’s tap legends. Consider the source. You will be delighted!
Where: Westminster Arts Center, Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
When: Friday, February 3 at at 8 pm.
Cost: $35 general admission, $15 seniors (65+) and children (12 and under) Tickets must be purchased at the box office (cash or check only)

Studio Saturdays Black History Month: Alma Woodsey Thomas
Who:
Age 5-12.
What: Come participate in a guided art project. Through February, enjoy a special Black History Month lesson in art exploring a different African-American Master Artists.
Where: Express Yourself Studios, 1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Saturday, February 4. Drop-in for a 1-hour session of art and fun any time between 11 am and 3 pm.
Cost: $15 per child. Call 973.763.5256 for more information.

Messy Mondays at Jazzberries
Who:
Toddlers to 5 years-old accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
What: Drop-in and create some masterpieces and let the Jazzberries staff clean-up afterwards. Two rooms are set up: an art room with various fun projects and the music room has toys. February will focus on Black History Month themes.
Where: Jazzberries Center for Music & Art, 1677 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. 973.762.6575.
When: Monday, February 6 from 10 am – 1 pm.
Cost: $12.

A Celebration of Africa
Who:
Kids ages 4 – 7.
What: Featuring African folktales, songs, dances, arts & crafts and foods. We’ll learn songs and games of African children and create African masks and traditional “Adinkra” cloths. A South African folktale will be explored through instruments and multi-cultural elements.
Where: Jazzberries Center for Music & Art, 1677 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. 973.762.6575.
When: Wednesday, February 8 from 4 pm – 5:30  pm
Cost: $15.

Studio Saturdays Black History Month: Romare Bearden
Who:
Age 5-12.
What: Come participate in a guided art project. Through February, enjoy a special Black History Month lesson in art exploring a different African-American Master Artists.
Where: Express Yourself Studios, 1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Saturday, February 11. Drop-in for a 1-hour session of art and fun any time between 11 am and 3 pm.
Cost: $15 per child. Call 973.763.5256 for more information.

Living the Legacy: Black History Collage
Who:
Ages 6 and up.
What:
Celebrate Black History Month at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Transform words and images into art! Join us in celebrating American ingenuity through a creative collage project! Bring Black History to life as you use your imagination to patchwork memorable photographs and expressions in your own “art masterpiece” to take home.
Where: Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
When: Saturday, February 18 at 2:30 pm
Cost: Admission is $7.50 per person.

North Star Songs: Heroes and Symbols of the Underground Railroad
Who:
Ages 7  – 12.
What: Listen to Jeanette Winter’s Follow the Drinking Gourd and other books about the Underground Railroad, learn the symbols and meanings hidden in music and folk art used by the secret heroes who fought to escape slavery. Enjoy Blues and Gospel freedom songs, including the Underground Railroad song “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” performed on acoustic guitar.
Where:
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
When: Tuesday, February 21 at 4 pm.
Cost: Free. Registration required 973-744-0500 ext.2262.

Black History Month Celebration
Who:
All ages.
What: Celebrate Black History Month with a dance and drum performance by the Dance Theater & Education Center of Irvington NJ and Rudy Walker’s Pamoja Drummers. This year’s special guest speaker is Brenda Blackmon, co-anchor of WWOR-TV My-9 News.
Where:
Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ.
When: Saturday, February 25 at 2 pm.
Cost: Free. Registration required 973-744-0500 ext.2262.

(Photo of Bearden painting from Facebook)

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