Black History Month


Black History Month

Feb 2 – 24, 2018
Opening Reception: Feb 2 @ 6 – 10 pm
8 pm:  
Music performance: Jibreel Johnson
8: 30 pm:  Music performance: CJ Rene of Creative Collective Hiigherminds

Feb 9, 2018: 
6:00 pm: Music performance: Willis C Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale”Named for its founder and director, and with a culturally diverse membership that represents varied careers and a wide range of musical experience, the Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale has performed for more than 30 years throughout the State of Michigan. The Chorale is committed to the preservation and performance exposure of old Negro spirituals, as well as traditional contemporary choral compositions written and/or arranged by African-American musicians. The Chorale has appeared annually in concerts in the greater Ann Arbor area, as well as throughout the state of Michigan, and in South Africa.”
7  pm: Dance performance: Gail Martin
Gail has taught dance at Washtenaw Community College for 35 years and is a cherished member of the community. Join us for a dynamic performance!

Feb 16, 2018:
6 pm: Youth Dance Workshop: Gina Thompson
As part of the Black History Month program, all youth are welcome to a dance workshop led by Gina Thompson, followed by a performance at 7pm at Riverside Arts Center.
9 pm: Music performance: Athena Johnson & Friends

Feb 23, 2018:  7 pm: Adult Poetry Show

Download a PDF of the complete Black History Month Schedule.

Black History Month Story Time


Black History Month Story Time

Fridays:  Feb 2, 9, 16 and 23 @ 4 – 6 pm

Join us every Friday in February for a reading series focused on sharing the stories of black and brown people with local youth.

All are Welcome! Especially encourage children ages 4 – 12.

Feel free to RSVP and Share with us on our Story Time Facebook Event Page.

Rasheed Atwater


African American History

Rasheed Atwater will be joining us for a three part series on African American history as part of the Black History Month.

February 2 @ 7 pm: African Societies in Afrocentric Foundation
February 16 @ 7 pm: Haiti Post-Revolution & Ambiguity of African-American Freedom
February 23 @ 6 pm: The Urgency of Now, Prospects of Future

You can RSVP with us on our Facebook Event Page

Grove Studios


Grove Studios Live: Celebrating Black Culture

February 24 @ 7 – 11 pm

Keep up with event on the Facebook Event Page


Evening lineup:

Athena Johnson: keynote speaker & performance educator
Steve Somers & Friends: Feature Duane Wells – swing, Latin jazz, blues and ballads
The DayNites: neo-soul blues fusion
Dani Darling: singer/songwriter
Royalé Michael: spoken word & hip hop artist
Breathe Easy Music Group: A ProVar Media Company- hip hop showcase
Gary Horton: live artist
Derick Jerome: photographer

Open to all ages, 12 & under free, under 18 requires parent or guardian
$8 Admission, $6 w/Student ID

FLY Creativity Lab

FLY Creativity Lab (FLY) at Riverside Arts Center provides art experience for youth and families in Ypsilanti.

Ypsilanti Youth Theater

YYT became the Youth Theater Company in Residence in the RAC Off Center in February 2016.  YYT offers a safe space and a structure within which young people (ages 8-18) can create and participate in quality performance pieces and explore a variety of drama and theater techniques. Through drama, young people can learn to work cooperatively — with each child bringing his or her own uniqueness to the group.  Learn more about this program on the YYT Website.


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