Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a moment to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities. Juneteenth serves as a reference point from which to measure and appreciate the progress and contributions made by African Americans to our society.  The Juneteenth Celebration, now in its ninth year, grows larger every year. During the celebration, there are several opportunities to experience art and art performance though exhibitions, artisans, family art activities, music, dance and more. To learn more about the history of Juneteenth, click here.

This year, join us for a virtual celebration on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20, 2020.  All performances will be available on this page, as well as our Facebook page on the days of the event.

To learn more about our Virtual Juneteenth, click here.

Juneteenth Schedule (The same programming will be available both June 19 & 20th):

Juneteenth Greeting from Academy Art Museum on Vimeo.

11am – Storytime with Omeaka Jackson of Cambridge, President, CEO, and founder of Harvesting Hope Youth and Family Wellness, Inc.

12pm – Docent Reflections: Karen Bailor discusses renowned African-American artist and sculptor Martin Puryear’s Black Cart (2008)

1pm – Music by Kentavius Jones

2pm – Children’s Craft with Constance Del Nero, Museum Director of Children’s Education & Community Programs. Make a Liberian Wisdom lizard. Supplies needed: White paper, pencil, eraser, brown marker and black and gold Sharpies.

3:30pm – Music by Alison Crockett

4:30pm – Docent Reflections: Docent Barbara Obrecht discusses the late beloved Baltimore African-American artist Tom Miller.

6pm – Recording of Zoom Virtual Studio with Baltimore-based African-American artist Antonio McAfee, the Museum’s current Artist-in-Residence for 2020 and subject of the upcoming exhibition Antonio McAfee: Legacy


Previous Juneteenth Events:
Juneteenth 2019
Juneteenth 2018