Parker Arts free day to celebrate Black History Month

Black American West Museum re-enactors will portray historical figures who helped with westward expansion

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Posted 2/11/20

Parker Arts will have its second family free day Feb. 23 at the PACE Center. The new addition to the season was introduced to celebrate national heritage months and the contributions made by specific …

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Parker Arts free day to celebrate Black History Month

Black American West Museum re-enactors will portray historical figures who helped with westward expansion

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Parker Arts will have its second family free day Feb. 23 at the PACE Center. The new addition to the season was introduced to celebrate national heritage months and the contributions made by specific cultural groups to American history, society and culture.

February's event highlights Black History Month and includes an afternoon full of both entertainment and education for the entire family.

Live entertainment from 2-4 p.m. will be provided by the Denver School of the Arts Youth Jazz Ensemble and multi-Grammy nominated trombonist Stafford Hunter and his quartet.

Re-enactors from the Black American West Museum will portray historical figures and recount how their characters helped with the westward expansion of the United States. Kids' crafts will be led by Downtown Aurora Visual Arts, and special guest comedian Sam Adams will interject his style of humor throughout the day.

The PACE Center's art gallery is tying into the theme as well, with its exhibit “When Will They See Us?” The show explores identity through the work of contemporary black women artists and features pieces from Tya Anthony, Rochelle Johnson, Autumn Thomas, Ella Maria Ray and Brigitte Thomas. Several of the artists will be on-hand for the opening reception during the family free day festivities.

Food will be available for purchase from one of Parker's favorite food trucks, Big Jim's Barbeque. Then, the movie “Akeelah and the Bee” will show at 4 p.m. in the PACE Center's event room.

Family free days are no-cost, non-ticketed events made possible by donations from our family circle members. No reservations are necessary but call the Parker Arts box office at 303-805-6800 with questions.

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