We’re celebrating Black History Month with a list of events, arts, and city life to explore, this month and beyond! What’s top of our list? Booking a free tour of the ‘Field Order 15: And Other Broken Promises’ gallery exhibition brought to you by Carver Museum ATX, right here at the Long Center. Check out what our community partners are up to and add some items to your calendar in this Mid-Week Intermission.
So much to explore, so much to celebrate.
FIELD ORDER 15: And Other Broken Promises
When: Now – March 31, 2023
Curated by Carver Museum ATX
Gallery 701 @ Long Center
On display through the end of March, this exhibit engages artists of African descent around the concept of repair through film-based vignettes and sculptural works that explore repair, identity, and contradiction.
Book a tour for free with our Producer, Andrea, available Monday-Friday.
EXPLORE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Beginning at the George Washington Carver Complex, home of Austin’s only African-American museum, the Carver Geneology Center and the Carver Library, discover present-day landmarks and past sites of the Six Square District. This is a great way to experience the Chitlin’ Circuit, Victory Grill, Downs Field, and more.
Black History Bike Ride
With rides happening all the time, guide Talib Abdullahi hosts themed tours through all parts of Austin. Check out @blackhistorybikeride on Instagram for the latest.
EXPLORE THROUGH SOUND
Black Joy & Resistance Music Series
When: Feb. 11 // Feb. 18 // Feb. 26
Catch a fave group or hear someone new at Austin Public Library’s Black History Month music series highlighting amazing Austin talent. At multiple branches around town, check out Rochelle & the Sidewinders on February 11th, Money Chicha on February 18th, and Honey Made on February 26th.
American Music: Black Composers Concert
When: Feb. 18
Curated by musician Dr. Nicole L. Taylor and composer Nikki Birdsong, explore the works of Florence Price, Maragaret Bonds, and more through the power of song.
Black Austin Matters Podcast
When: Any time
Hosted by Richard J. Reddick and Lisa B. Thompson, this podcast from KUT / KUTX Studios highlights the Black community and Black culture in Central Texas. Catch a new episode the first Wednesday of every month, and subscribe so you don’t miss a single perspective.
EXPLORE THROUGH FILM
Yes, this is a Black Love Day screening AND singalong of “Waiting to Exhale,” a 1995 classic! “That’s My Face” is a community film series that features works that explore the diversity of Black experiences through everything from full-length narrative films to animated works.
Been Here: Queer, Black & Proud
When: Feb. 16
aGLIFF Queer Black Voices is celebrating with an evening of queer Black voices in film, community engagement, short films, and more. Includes a special screening of “All Boys Aren’t Blue,” a post-screening discussion with director Nathan Hale Williams, and a performance by Austin Drag performer Amber Nicole Davenport.
EXPLORE THROUGH EACH OTHER
Black History Month Celebration at Central
When: Feb. 18
Riders Against the Storm, a Black Panther movie watch party, and author and artist talks headline this free day of celebration at Austin Public Library Central.
Black Future Market
When: Feb 19
Republic Square is the place to be on Saturday, February 19th, where you can catch a massive Black vendor market featuring Black-owned businesses ranging from food to art and everything in between.
Black History Month Kids’ Day at Carver Museum ATX
When: Feb. 25
For children and their families, this cultural event celebrates the contributions of African American trailblazers with crafts, music, and educational activities centered around the Museum’s 2023 theme of “Black Resistance.”
Black History Bowl
When: Feb. 25
This family-friendly event hosted by Austin Justice Coalition is a day of game shows, prizes, music, and food. Feeling lucky? Check out their study guides and see if you could cut it in the trivia department — Black youth grades 3-12 can still register to showcase their Black history knowledge.
At the Long Center, we’ve always got a new partnership or something cool we know you’ll want to check out! Find and follow us @longcenter on your social media platform of choice, and we’ll see you real soon.