Join the Academy Center of the Arts as we honor Juneteenth, the holiday marking the end of slavery in the United States, on June 19, 2020, in collaboration with the Juneteenth Coalition, The Listening, inc., and area artists of color.
To kick off the Juneteenth celebrations, the Academy and BWX Technologies, Inc. will host a live-streamed event from the Historic Academy Theatre stage at 12:30PM EST. Taking a step beyond our traditional Academy at Home series, this event will blend multiple layers of artistry, beginning with words from Mayor Treney Tweedy followed by performances by Kuumba Dance Ensemble and our featured poet/comedian/spoken word artist, Roscoe Burnems.
While our nation’s history certainly is filled with tragedy, our collective resilience has carried us through. Now more than ever, we understand how important it is to address the past from an honest approach.
Join us for the next Academy at Home live-stream event in collaboration with The Listening and The Juneteenth Coalition featuring Juneteenth 2020: An Exercise in Resilience on June 19th at 12:30 PM EST. Watch this live-streamed event LIVE on our Facebook page by clicking the link below!
To continue the Juneteenth celebrations, the Academy Center of the Arts will open our Harrington Gallery Building to the public for viewings of our June gallery show, entitled “Black Artists Matter” from 5PM – 8PM EST.
“Black Artists Matter” will feature a group exhibition of local Black artists in the Ann White Academy Gallery, with art from the Lynchburg Black Lives Matter protests in the Up Front Gallery. This show is open to the public and will follow all health & safety measures for reopening, as outlined in our Venue Reopening Health & Safety Guidelines.
To attend and view this exhibition, guests must reserve a free ‘ticket’ to gain entry. Up to 20 guests will be admitted into the building every 30 minutes for viewing and will be asked to adhere to social distancing measures as well as a health screening prior to entry.
Ticket reservations will begin online on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 9:00AM. Tickets may be reserved here.
For more information about upcoming Juneteenth celebrations, contact (434) 846-8499.