Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Announces Schedule of Free Juneteenth Weekend Events

Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Announces Schedule of Free Juneteenth Weekend Events
June 3, 2021

The Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department is excited to announce a weekend of free arts and cultural events celebrating the Juneteenth holiday!

"We're so happy to be able to use the power of the cultural arts to bring people together in-person for this important celebration," said Emily Labows, Director of the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department. "We look forward to providing our community with a variety of cultural experiences to connect with their friends, family and neighbors, all while learning about important histories."

Read more below about the full schedule of Juneteenth-related Cultural Affairs events, which will run from June 17-20:

June 17

Thoroughgood House Expanded Tour Hours; Special Juneteenth-related Tour
Starting June 17, the Thoroughgood House will be open for free tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

During the evening tours on June 17, guests will experience a new focus tour called "The Enslaved Perspective." The program will highlight the history of the enslaved individuals who lived and worked on the Thoroughgood House property in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Virginia Beach Public Art Walk: "Portraits from a Place of Grace"
In celebration of Juneteenth weekend, Cultural Affairs will host a FREE Public Art Walk at the future home of the Virginia African American Cultural Center (VAACC) to view the public art installation "Portraits from a Place of Grace." Richard Hollant's brilliant work highlights residents from Virginia Beach's 14 historically African American neighborhoods. Cultural Affairs will also be joined by representatives from VAACC during the tour. Event begins at 4 p.m. on June 17. Please email ngoodale@vbgov.com to RSVP for this event.

June 19

#VBArts on Tour Pop Up Performance in the ViBe Creative District
Starting at 9 a.m. on June 19, the Virginia African American Cultural Center, Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association/St. Juliens Creek Revival and Teens With a Purpose will combine for a joint pop up musical and poetry performance at the ViBe Creative District stage during the ViBe Creative District Old Beach Farmer's Market. The performances will run throughout the morning.

VBGIGS Presents "Hidden History: The Banjo"
"Hidden History: The Banjo" will premiere on Juneteenth as a salute to freedom through expression and creativity. The 60-minute performance includes an array of music, dance, and spoken word poetry from talented local artists including: Rita Cohen from Tidewater African Cultural Alliance, Corey and LaQuita Staten from Atumpan Edutainment, Bill Armstrong from Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association, Kanya Edmonds and Author Kween Yakini. The event was directed by Brittney S. Harris and produced by the Zeiders American Dream Theater. Following the performance, WHRO's Lisa Godley will lead a community discussion about African and African American Culture, the importance of reconnecting music to cultural origins, and more.

The performance will begin at 2:30 p.m. on June 19 at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Miller Studio Theatre (201 Market St., Virginia Beach, VA 23462). Advanced registration is not required, and limited seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Learn more at vbgigs.com. In accordance with current health and safety guidance, guests who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to wear a mask or face covering while in the Sandler Center. Those who have not been fully vaccinated yet will be required to wear a mask or face covering.

June 20

To close out the weekend, the Virginia Beach History Museums and Princess Anne Country Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni & Friends Association will host a free musical performance to celebrate African American Music Month!

This year's African American Music Month Celebration will be held June 20 at the Renaissance Academy grounds (5100 Cleveland Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462), and features a Hampton Roads' favorite, TFC Band, with their signature musical blend of Classic Soul, Motown, Funk and more! The show also features vocalist and former Hampton Roads news reporter Becky Livas, as well as a Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador from Teens With a Purpose! Performances will run from 3:30pm-5pm.

The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum will be open starting at 3pm on June 20th, and will remain open during and after the show, allowing audiences to learn about the first high school in Virginia Beach for African Americans. Be among the first to visit the museum since COVID-19 restrictions have lifted!

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ABOUT THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT:
The Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The Department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the City's Public Art Program, oversees Virginia Beach History Museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serves as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations.

ABOUT THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH HISTORY MUSEUMS:
The City of Virginia Beach History Museums include the Thoroughgood House, the Francis Land House, the Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are part of the City's Cultural Affairs Department. As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. Visit www.museumsvb.org for more information, and follow @VBHistoryMuseums on Facebook and Instagram, and @VBHistMuseums on Twitter, to stay up to date on all the events and news from Virginia Beach History Museums.

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