Black History Month Events!

By mark-slade February 2, 2012

Check out these great events Celebrating Black History Month in Maplewood and possibly win an iPAD2!

he Partnership invites the community and visitors to Black History Month events at participating Springfield Avenue district businesses. Starting off the month are the following events. It would be wise to call ahead to confirm the details of the activities.

Sunday, thru February 26, – “The Art of Tesfaye Tessema”
1978 Arts Center, 1978 Maplewood Avenue
Gallery Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A contemporary Ethiopian artist blending the sounds and visions of his African roots with his African American branches. Tesfaye Tessema has received accolades, achieved recognition, and earned respect for his work on a national and international level for decades.
For more information call 973-763-2536 or visit

February 1st to February 28th – Exhibit “From Whence We Came”
Astah’s Fine Art Gallery, 1897 Springfield Avenue
One man show by artist Terrence Bell. All new originals and prints representing the visions of Africa and the sounds of Jazz.
For more information call 973-761-5012 or visit

Saturday, February 4, 11, 18, 25 – “African American Artists Series”
Express Yourself Studios, 1877 Springfield Avenue
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Every Saturday during the month of February enjoy a special Black History Month lesson in art exploring a different African-American Master Artists (Alma Woodsey Thomas, Romare Bearden, Varnette P. Honeywood, David C. Driskell). This program is offered as part of Express Yourself’s Studio Saturday offering and is open to children ages 5-12.
For additional information or to RSVP for any event please contact Express Yourself Studios 973-763-5256 online, or via email .

Monday, February 6, 13, 20, 27 – “Messy Mondays”
Jazzberries Center for Music & Art, 1677 Springfield Avenue
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Got mess? We do. Come & let your child join a fun-filled, playful exploration into all things messy. Drop in, make a mess & leave the clean-up to us. Be sure to dress for the mess! To celebrate Black History Month, during February we will be exploring activities inspired by black artists, musicians and celebrities. In addition, we will incorporate projects that promote tolerance. Rates $12/visit per child; $100/for 10-visit pass.
973-762-6575 .

Tuesday, February 8th – “A Celebration of Africa”
Jazzberries Center for Music & Art, 1677 Springfield Ave.
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
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. For ages 4 – 7 years. $15.00 per child
973-762-6575 .

Thursday, February 9th – “Music in Black History”
Hilton Branch Library, 1688 Springfield Avenue
Time: 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Join us on a musical journey from a time when the “First Lady Of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald graced the stage, to when the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin ruled the airways. In addition to Ella and Aretha, this showcase pays tribute to Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Martha and The Vandellas, Mary Wells and Gladys Knight. Through the music, the magic and the message, there is something for everyone! 973 762-1688

Mark Slade
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