Below we have listed numerous celebrations all across the United States that are embracing our freedom, celebrating our ancestors during the week of Juneteenth 2022.
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ARTECHOUSE’s newest experience will allow you to walk alongside African kings and queens as you explore timeless questions of identity, power and belonging. Inspired by aṣẹ, a Yoruba concept that relates to our power to produce change, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies celebrates the Black experience through the perspectives of artist Vince Fraser and poet Ursula Rucker. The exhibit makes for an ideal activity during Juneteenth weekend.
The week-long celebration will offer dynamic performances by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Ballethnic Dance Company and Collage Dance Collective, along with other Black-identifying ballet dancers from across the United States. Don’t miss your chance to witness the incredible work of these pillar companies. Note that Program A will feature a new work by legendary jazz musician Donald Byrd commissioned by the Kennedy Center.
A 4,300-square-foot exhibition exploring the Reconstruction era through an African American lens. It features more than 175 objects, 300 images, and 14 media programs. The exhibition explores the deep divisions and clashing visions about how to rebuild the nation after slavery. It connects that era to today’s efforts to make good on the promises of the Constitution.
The National Museum of the American Indian presents this virtual exhibit that marks the museum’s first to feature Black-Indigenous women artists. Through photography, digital art, basketry, painting, artist interviews and supplemental essays, the exhibition will explore issues of race, gender, multiracial identity and multigenerational connection. #online
Enjoy music while you dine and drink, shop amongst the black owned businesses and enjoy presentations and performances throughout the day. Celebrating both Juneteenth and Fathers Day.
The National Gallery of Art invites you on a voyage through time in this new exhibit that aims to shed light on the complex histories of the African Diaspora. Take an in-depth look at the cultural formations and historical experiences of Black and African people since the 17th century.
The exhibit will offer more than 130 pieces of art, including photos, sculptures, paintings and other media by artists from the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
Commemorate the Juneteenth holiday with a performance by an all-star, all-Black orchestra at Wolf Trap. Part B-Boy, part Beethoven, Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic Orchestra will mix together the energy and passion of hip-hop with the sweeping sounds of a live orchestra across two nights of performances just outside of the District proper.
Located along a two-block area of 16th Street NW in Downtown DC, this famous mural features the words “Black Lives Matter” in 50-foot-tall letters, in yellow and all caps, as well as the flag of the District. The area is open to visitors at any time of the day, allowing for reflection on the words emblazoned on the street. Many visitors take photographs of the large yellow letters that stretch down one of the nation's most iconic streets.
Shakespeare Theatre Company stages the tale of a Black actor who finds himself playing Othello on London’s grandest stage. Set in 1833, Ira Aldridge takes to London’s Theatre Royal as one of the Bard’s most famous characters as a bill promoting the abolition of slavery sends shockwaves through Parliament. Experience Aldridge’s triumph in the face of social injustice and racism.
From June 18-20, the National Archives will display the original Emancipation Proclamation and its companion document, General Order No. 3, which granted freedom to the last enslaved people in Galveston, Tx. three years after the Proclamation was issued. Note that Because of its fragility, the Emancipation Proclamation can only see 36 hours of sunlight per year, so this display is rare. The Archives will have extended hours for viewing, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the three-day stretch.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which recently reopened to the public, is a state-of-the-art building that addresses several aspects of the African American experience, covering the arts, slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, athletics and much more. For more information regarding hours, timed entry and safety protocols, visit the museum's website. The museum also features an outstanding virtual resource on the Juneteenth holiday complete with exclusive programming, videos, a social media toolkit, testimonials and much, much more.
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