Juneteenth Black Heritage Concert and Art Show set for June 19
Event showcases local talent, benefits Black Heritage Preservation Program
Indiana Landmarks’ Black Heritage Preservation Program is honoring Juneteenth with a concert and art show featuring local talent on Monday, June 19.
Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Indiana Landmarks will celebrate with an evening of performances at Indiana Landmarks Center featuring contemporary gospel group Men in the Fire, R&B group The Downstroke Band and improv comedians Act A Foo. In addition, the artist group “WE ARE Indy Arts” will showcase works in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media during a special exhibit in the Rapp Family Gallery at Indiana Landmarks Center.
Throughout the evening, event promoter and emcee Thomas J. Griffin and entertainers will share brief facts about Indiana’s Black heritage compiled by Shari Scales, a local writer/researcher. Indiana Landmarks President Marsh Davis and Black Heritage Preservation Program Director Eunice Trotter will open the event with brief remarks.
“This isn’t simply a celebration of a historic day. It’s a celebration of Black history and Black culture,” said Trotter. “The result will be a Juneteenth event that is as enriching as it is entertaining.”
The concert begins at 6 p.m. in Grand Hall, with an opportunity to visit the art gallery after the concert until 9 p.m. Sponsors and VIP ticket purchasers can attend a 4 p.m. reception and meet-the-artists event in the Rapp Family Gallery, where they will enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and an opportunity to purchase art. Sponsors and VIP ticket holders will also receive premium concert seating.
The art exhibit is being curated by Anthony Radford, who will install the exhibit for the June 7 First Friday event, leaving it intact through the Juneteenth holiday. Featured artists are Dana P Smith, Angelita Hampton, Lorenzo Bryant, Jax Robin, Precious Norris, Durango, Landon Taylor, Kenny Mason, Dallas Garrett, Octavius Lettsome, Lundyn-Christelle, and Iliyas Tomasiewicz (Sir Altium).
Ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP tickets. Indiana Landmarks member tickets are $20 and $40.
WHAT: Juneteenth Concert and Art Show
WHEN: June 19
4 p.m.: VIP reception and meet-the-artists event in the Rapp Family Gallery
6 p.m.: Concert in the Grand Hall
WHERE: Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis
COST: $25 for general admission ($20 for Indiana Landmarks members)
$50 for VIP tickets ($40 for Indiana Landmarks members)
To purchase tickets: bit.ly/ILJuneteenthConcert23
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Mindi Woolman, Director of Communications and Marketing, Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534, 317-417-1204 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
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