2019 Black History Month Events Sponsored by City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts

By Editorial Team on February 4, 2019

Throughout February, the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts will host a series of free programming as part of Black History Month.

AfroDite
Through February 10
10 am – 6 pm
Site 2 Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St.
Aphroditite (Hathor) is an ancient Kemetic goddess associated with love, fertility, beauty, pleasure, and procreation. She was stolen by the Greeks from ancient Kemet, then forced to believe her beauty was a curse. Believing in this curse, her bloodline used their beauty to hypnotize, entrance, and spellbind those who wished to harm their well-being. Taking inspiration from this mythos, this exhibition is influenced by the culture of black beauty, gentrification, and how they two interact with regard to community pride, unity, and confidence.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4590, Virginia Relay 711.

Exercise through Dance
Monday, February 4 and Monday, February 25
5 – 8 pm
Oswald Durant Arts Center: 1605 Cameron St.
The Mobile Art Lab hosts Charonne Butler of DANCEVENTS for a lively night celebrating the art of movement and unity by dancing. Join the community and get fit together in dance styles including hip-hop, jazz lyrical, modern, and much more.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact tia.bural@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5517, Virginia Relay 711.

Free Movie Series
Every Wednesday in February
6 – 9 pm
Locations Vary
The Mobile Art Lab presents a series of free movie nights starting at 6 pm every Wednesday in February. Gourmet is popcorn generously provided by sponsor Popped Republic.

  • February 6: Coming to America (Rated R)
    Auditorium at Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center: 1108 Jefferson Street
  • February 13: School Daze (Rated R)
    Alexandria Black History Museum: 902 Wythe Street
  • February 20: Crooklyn (Rated PG-13)
    Auditorium at Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center: 1108 Jefferson Street
  • February 27: The Last Dragon (Rated PG-13)
    Auditorium at Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center: 1108 Jefferson Street

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact tia.bural@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5517, Virginia Relay 711.

The Late Shift: Love & Ritual
Friday, February 8
7 – 10 pm
Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St.
Every Second Friday, Torpedo Factory Art Center stays open late for a night of gallery receptions, music, performances, and interactive fun. In February, the Art Center spreads love through art, music, and healing arts. Mobile Art Lab joins with reiki healer Cierra Ross. Target Gallery hosts a reception and gallery talk for its newest exhibition, RitualismsThe Omi Collective artist cooperative co-curates the night with a series of ceremonies and healing rituals.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact daniel.guzman@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4586, Virginia Relay 711.

Hands-on ‘Zine Making with Jamila Zahra Felton
February 11
7 – 8:30 pm
Harambee Books and Artworks: 1132 Prince St.
The Mobile Art Lab partners with Harambee Books and Artworks for a participatory workshop with papercraft artist Jamila Zahra Felton. She demonstrates how to experiment with color, texture, patterns, and text to make a mini ‘zine.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact tia.bural@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5517, Virginia Relay 711.

Torpedo Talk: Black Women Artists Matter
Saturday, February 16
1 – 3 pm
ALX Community: 106 N. Lee St.
In the February installation of Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Torpedo Talk series, Artist Jamilla Okubo moderates a panel discussion about black women artists and the role these narratives play in the greater metropolitan area. Networking to follow. Space is limited, advanced registration is required to guarantee entry. Due to high demand for this program, it will be hosted at a larger venue, ALX Community, located one block away at 106 N Lee St. Registration link is available via torpedofactory.org/events.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact daniel.guzman@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4586, Virginia Relay 711.

Double Dutch fun with DC Retro Jumpers
Saturday, February 16
Noon – 4 pm
Oswald Durant Arts Center: 1605 Cameron St.
Double Dutch is a vigorous style of jumping rope that uses two ropes turning simultaneously. D.C. Retro Jumpers seeks to bring this long beloved childhood pastime back to communities and neighborhoods across the region. Join them for a lively afternoon sure to keep children, teens, adults, and seniors on their toes. Beginning and veteran jumpers alike will feel welcome.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact tia.bural@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5517, Virginia Relay 711.

Black History Screen Printing
Saturday, February 23
11 am – 2 pm
Alexandria Black History Museum: 902 Wythe Street
The Mobile Art Lab partners with Alexandria’s Black History Museum, to offer free tote and t-shirt screen printing*; with special designs from artist Sardar Aziz and others. *While supplies last.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact tia.bural@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5517, Virginia Relay 711.

Community Painting with Luther Wright
Thursday, February 28
5 – 8:30 pm
Oswald Durant Arts Center: 1605 Cameron St.
The Mobile Art Lab hosts a live painting workshop with Luther Wright, award-winning multi-media artist and founder of LW Arts and Design. Open to all ages and skill levels.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact tia.bural@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.5517, Virginia Relay 711.