TMA 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Posted: Friday, May 9, 2008 by: Sara Stacy | Category: Events

Toledo, Ohio—On Saturday, June 21, the Toledo Museum of Art and its Committee for
Cultural Diversity present the fourth annual Juneteenth Celebration. This free festival features
music, dance, film, art demonstrations, food, and hands-on art activities. A highlight of this
year’s event is a talk and booksigning by author and actress, Victoria Rowell. Ms. Rowell will
speak about how the arts influenced her childhood in the foster care system. Following her
presentation, she will sign copies of her book, The Women Who Raised Me. A limited number of
free booksigning tickets will be available after June 3 by calling 419-254-5771, ext. 7494.

TMA’s Juneteenth Celebration recently received an Institutional Excellence Award from
the Ohio Museums Association—the association’s highest honor. In 2006, Juneteenth was
named winner of a Northwest Ohio Black Media Association Impact Newsmaker Award for
making a positive, newsworthy difference in the local African American community.

What is Juneteenth?

President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863,
freeing all enslaved people in the Confederate States. However, it was two years later, on June
19, 1865, when more than 250,000 enslaved African Americans in Texas heard the news that
they could call themselves free. The celebrations that followed the reading of the Proclamation in
Texas began a tradition that has lasted more than 130 years and is celebrated today in cities
across America.

What is TMA's Committee for Cultural Diversity?
The Museum’s Committee for Cultural Diversity (CCD) initiated TMA’s first
Juneteenth Celebration in 2005 and continues to provide guidance and assistance in the
planning and production of the festival. As an ad hoc committee of the Museum's Board of
Directors, the CCD strives to encourage greater awareness and understanding of Toledo’s
culturally diverse community and to ensure the reflection of this cultural and ethnic heritage in
the Museum’s offerings. Those interested in volunteering to help with Juneteenth activities
should contact the volunteer office at 419-254-5771, extension 7390.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Rhythm of the Day
Local singers, dancers, and musicians will get you moving to the beat, tapping your toes and
singing out loud.
Kaye Cook Praise Dancers
11:30 A.M. – NOON, Monroe Street Stage
Funga Alafia! I Welcome You! Join in as the Kaye Cook Praise Dancers begin the day
with the Funga or Welcome Dance that also celebrates the harvest.

Like Water Drum and Dance
12:45–1:30 P.M., Monroe Street Stage

JJ Express (percussion)
2:15–2:30 P.M., Monroe Street Terrace

Da Phunk Brothers (hip hop)
3:45–4:15 P.M., Monroe Street Stage

Ramona Collins (jazz)
5–6 P.M., Monroe Street Stage

Funk Nation (funk and R & B)
6:15–7 P.M., Monroe Street Stage

Demos, Performances, & Events

Oral Histories: 100 Grandmothers
11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.
3 – 4:30 P.M.
5:30 – 7 P.M. | Gilmartin Room
In an effort to build an oral history collection, Toledo’s African American Legacy Project
(AALP) interviews local grandmothers about the challenges they overcame while raising
their families. Lend your voice to the story! All interested grandmothers over the age of
40 should visit the AALP table in the Quality of Life tent to reserve an interview time.
Interviews may be pre-scheduled by calling Jone Catchings at 419-720-4369.

Performance: Holy Blues with Reverend Robert & Sister Bernice Jones
NOON – 12:45 P.M. | Glass Pavilion Stage
Rev. Robert and Sis. Bernice Jones combine music and narrative to present what they call
“Holy Blues,” celebrating blues, spirituals, and gospel music, along with generations of

Demonstration: Hair Solutions
12:15–12:45 P.M. & 3:15–3:45 P.M. | Classic Court
Stylist Nicolle Brown discusses the “roots” of hair art and demonstrates her technique.
Stop by the Art in Africa Gallery to see an early representation of this art form on a
recently acquired African mask made by the Mende people.

Talk: A Quest for Freedom
1–1:45 P.M. | Little Theater
Professor Abdul Alkalimat (Gerald McWhorter), former Director of Africana Studies and
Professor of Sociology at the University of Toledo, speaks of his extraordinary ancestor
Free Frank McWhorter who was the first free African American before the Civil War to
overcome the challenges of establishing a town—New Philadelphia, Illinois. He was
able to purchase not only his own freedom, but also the freedom of 15 family members.

Performance: The Poet LaFe
1:30–2:15 P.M. | Glass Pavilion Stage
Ophelia J. Thompson – also known as The Poet LaFe – shares poems about overcoming
adversity, including her original works and those by well-known African American poets.

Guided Tour: African and African American Art
1:30–2:15 P.M. | Meet in Libbey Court
Join a TMA Docent for an enlightening gallery tour of highlights by African and African
American artists.

Quilting Demonstration
1:30–2:30 P.M. | Gilmartin Room
Join Euneda Liddell as she discusses the design manifestation and construction of the
Legacy Quilt, sponsored by the African American Legacy Project.

Celebration Ceremony
2:30–3 P.M. | Monroe Street Stage
The Museum welcomes everyone with the story of Juneteenth, told by Anthony Lucas,
and a sing-along with Jane and Phil Anosike. Robert Smith of Toledo’s African
American Legacy Project, as well as local officials, will share remarks and a spiritual

Ohio 5th Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troop Demonstration
3–3:15 P.M. | Monroe Street Terrace
The troops of the reactivated Company C bring history to life through Civil War military
drill reenactments.

Storytelling: Story of the Baobab Tree and Other Tales
3:15–3:45 & 4:30–5 P.M. | Glass Pavilion Stage
Anthony Lucas shares the engaging tales from Africa and African American folklore,
including the story of the Baobab tree, or Tree of Life. Later, make sure to help our Quilt

Tree of Life “grow” by adding felt leaves, flowers, and more.
Presentation: Victoria Rowell
4–4:45 P.M. | GlasSalon
Acclaimed television actress Victoria Rowell shares her experiences growing up in the
foster care system and the importance of the arts and her mentors in helping her
overcome obstacles. Ms. Rowell has since founded the Rowell Foster Children Positive
Plan, which provides scholarships in the arts and education to foster youth.

Booksigning: The Women Who Raised Me by Victoria Rowell
5 P.M. | Cloister
In her deeply touching memoir, actress Victoria Rowell chronicles her remarkable life
events, from the foster care system to celebrity. Rowell credits her success in life to her
immersion in the arts, as well as an unlikely series of women who stepped forward to
love her and nurture her talent. Free booksigning tickets will be available after June 3 by
calling 419-254-5771, ext. 7494.

African-Inspired Glass Beads: Drop-in Sessions
NOON, 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 P.M. | Glass Pavilion
Use a small torch to “flamework” glass beads with African-inspired color schemes.
Session tickets are $10 for members, $13 for nonmembers, and are available at the Glass
Pavilion Visitor Services desk on a first-come, first-served basis on June 21. Adults and
accompanied children aged 14 years and older are welcome.

Glassblowing Demonstrations
1, 2, 3, & 4 P.M. | Glass Pavilion
Local artists illuminate their techniques for working molten glass into dazzling works of
art. Supported by Libbey Inc.

Throughout the Day
Film: Through Toledo’s Eyes
Runs continuously 11:30 A.M.–7 P.M. | Herrick Lobby
Based on interviews taped at the Mott Branch Library in 2006, this film gives first-person
accounts of 1967 Civil Rights activities in Toledo. This series of short narratives was
produced by WGTE Public Media.

Film: Cornerstones: “The African Americans”
Runs continuously 2–7 P.M. | Little Theater
Produced by WGTE Public Media, this film celebrates the lives and the legacy of
Toledo’s African American community. Discover how these individuals energized the
Glass City by serving as community leaders, artists, educators, and musicians who helped
put Toledo on the map.

Gallery Explorations
11:30 A.M.–7 P.M. | TMA Galleries
Embark on a self-guided gallery hunt for TMA collection favorites and new acquisitions
by African or African American artists. Stop by any Museum entrance for a pamphlet.
Supported by Paramount Advantage.

Quality of Life
11:30 A.M.–7 P.M. | Monroe Street Terrace
Maintain and improve your health and well-being with information from local quality-oflife
organizations. This year, we welcome Toledo’s African American Legacy Project,
which introduces the 100 Grandmothers oral history project.

Ohio 5th Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troop
11:30 A.M.–5 P.M. | Glass Pavilion Grounds
The troops of the reactivated Company C share how African Americans met the
challenges of surviving during the Civil War.

Exhibition: Continuing the Tradition: Celebrating Juneteenth
11:30 A.M.–7 P.M. | Community Gallery
Explore works of art by African American artists in the Toledo community.

A Place to Call Home: Martin Luther King & the Struggle for Fair Housing
11:30 A.M.–7 P.M. | Little Theater Gallery
This exhibition of color photographs by Bernie Kleina honors the 40th anniversaries of
both the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Fair Housing Movement,
which he strongly supported.

Delectable Dishes
NOON–7 P.M. | Monroe Street, Glass Pavilion Coffee Bar, Museum Café
From barbeque to sandwiches to frozen treats, have a big meal or snack all day on mouthwatering
goodies from local vendors and the Museum.

Family Activity Stations
11:30 A.M.–6:30 P.M.
For kids and kids-at-heart, these hands-on activities are located both indoors and outdoors of the
Museum campus. Be sure to visit each one for maximum fun!

Interactive Map | Libbey Court
On this world map, find the place where you live, your family lives, or your ancestors
lived, and make your mark.

Face Painting | Glass Pavilion Grounds
Put your best face forward with unique decorations such as a freedom bell, friendship
symbol, U.S. flag, kente cloth, and a variety of animals.

Quilt Tree | Glass Pavilion Grounds
Known as the “Tree of Life,” the Baobab tree manages to survive in a harsh climate.
Using felt, decorate a leaf, fruit, flower, or animal, and place it on our “tree.” Watch as
the tree comes to life with the variety of creative additions!
Loom Weaving | Libbey Court
Use a cardboard loom and brightly colored yarn to follow the designs used in African
tribal clothing.

Hairbraiding | Glass Pavilion Grounds
Create your own colorful sample hairbraids, such as those found in Africa.

Mancala | Glass Pavilion Grounds
Mancala may well be the oldest board game in the world, and it’s played by hundreds of
African tribes. Make your own Mancala game using egg cartons and handmade paper
beads and then learn how to play!

African Masks | Classic Court
Using TMA’s African masks for inspiration, make a mask using beads, raffia, and other

Shekere (Shaker) | Main Terrace
Make and shake your own rhythm instrument like those found in many shapes and sizes
across Africa.

African Drums | Main Terrace
Create and decorate a drum, similar to those used in African tribal dances celebrating
festivals, ceremonies, and special events. Play it along with your shekere!

Thumb Pianos | Main Terrace
Used for hundreds of years by the Shona people of Zimbabwe, the thumb piano is played
by plucking metal keys with your thumbs. Make your own version using a candy tin,
hairpins, and more.
Juneteenth is supported, in part, by Urban Radio Broadcasting

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