Pompano Beach celebrates Black History Month with an abundance of events


Pompano Beach Arts will celebrate Black History Month with a stellar lineup of educational and entertaining events. Join us for new art exhibits and events, concerts, film poetry and more, culminating in the Pioneer Ball, which honors local business owners past and present. For details on each event visit, https://www.pompanobeacharts.org/programs/black-history-month-2022

“We are very pleased to recognize this important celebration with exceptional programming,” said Phyllis Korab, Director of Cultural Affairs. “Through arts and culture, we hope to stimulate conversation, expand understanding and improve connections among all members of the community.”

Exhibition openings:

African American Women Changemakers

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Now until March 30

This exhibit features photographs of African American educators, activists, artists, and other women from the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. First installed at the Ali Cultural Arts Center, the exhibit was moved to the lobby and first floor of the Cultural Center to celebrate Black History and Women’s History Months.

Example of profiled women:

Nanny Helen Burroughs

Educator, religious leader and social activist

Born in Orange, Virginia on May 2, 1879

Died in Washington, DC on May 20, 1961

Helped found the Women’s Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention (NBC). As part of a network of strong black club women in the first half of the 20th century, Burroughs was active in the National Association of Colored Women, the National Association of Salaries, and the Association for the study of black life and history. In August 1954, she invited Martin Luther King, Jr., the young son of her friends, Martin Luther King, Sr., and Alberta Williams King, to address the Women’s Auxiliary on “Worldview Makes New.”

Josephine (Amelia) Silone Yates

Science teacher, writer and civil rights activist

Born in Mattituck, New York, November 15, 1859

Died in Kansas City, Missouri, September 3, 1912

After teaching in public schools for a few years, she was hired in 1881 as an “assistant” with an annual salary of $500 on the faculty of Lincoln Institute, a college established for African-American students in Jefferson, Missouri. Her first assignments were to teach chemistry, botany, physiology, and drawing, and in June 1886 she was head of the natural science department, becoming the first African-American woman to head a department. college science. She later returned to Lincoln Institute in 1902 and, in addition to teaching drawing, became the chair of English and history as well as women’s adviser. In 1910 Josephine returned to Kansas City where she taught at Lincoln High School and worked for the Kansas City Board of Education.

Together: An Exhibit Celebrating African American Quilts

Ali Cultural Arts Center

February 18 – May 12

This national juried exhibit commemorates the skill, ingenuity, and ingenuity of early African-American quilters and explores early quilting techniques. All of the chosen artists responded to a national call to submit their quilt in time for Black History Month.

The house is . . . Exposure

An exhibit created by the community’s perspective on what “home” is

Ely White House Museum

Now to April 26

This new exhibition at the Blanche Ely House Museum, Home Is… allows the community to participate in an ongoing installation to explore the nature of the house, what makes a house a home, and what makes Pompano Beach and the Northwest Community home.

Lunch with the Art – Visual Arts

Bailey Center for Contemporary Art

February 2 12:15 p.m. FREE

Kehinde Wiley Paper & Magazine Collage. Wiley is a contemporary African American painter best known for his realistic images of African Americans, from famous people such as President Obama, to strangers he encounters around the world. Wiley holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from Yale University.

Lunch with Art – Poetry

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Theme: Black History Month

February 3 l 12:15 p.m. FREE

Listen and watch different poems designed to stimulate creativity. Each workshop encourages participants to escape from the daily stresses of life while remembering how beauty can be found in even the simplest words.

Lunch with the Art – Visual Arts

Bailey Center for Contemporary Art

February 9 12:15 p.m. FREE

Mix-media costume design for Nick Cave. Cave is famous for creating Soundsuits that combine fashion and sculpting. They were born as metaphorical armor in response to Rodney King’s beatings and evolved into vehicles of empowerment.

Lunch with the Art – The Lecture Series (Virtual)

Ely White House Museum

February 10

Join consultant Derek T. Davis to learn about Pompano Beach’s history that reveals a piece of the past and focuses on the people who made a difference in the community.

A taste of jazz

February 10

7:00 p.m. Wine Tasting l 7:30 p.m. A Taste of Jazz

$20 Adults l $10 Pompano Beach Residents l Students Free

Bailey Center for Contemporary Art

THEME: How Jazz Was Influenced by African-American Musicians

Join Martin Hand and the Gold Coast Jazz Quartet as they explore the origins of jazz music, how it moved across America and became the music it is today.

February 12 l 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. FREE

Pompano Beach Green Market

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

Theme: Black History Month and Valentine’s Day

The Green Market provides the community with the best and freshest fruits and vegetables, juices, baked goods, local honey, seafood and other food items, as well as orchids, plants and health-related products and services . Visitors will also find handmade crafts, art and culinary products. Yoga on the Great Lawn, led by Samantha Marcum, will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Music by DJ Trish. Masks, social distancing and one-way foot traffic required and hand sanitizer stations provided.

Lyrics Lab Cafe

Bailey Center for Contemporary Art

February 16 l 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. $10

Theme: Black History Month

Pompano Stand Up Live returns to honor the historic Apollo Theater with a comedy contest to determine who will rock the stage in the season finale and perform with a nationally acclaimed comedian.

Live and local concert series featuring Deep Fried Funk

Ali Cultural Arts Center

February 18 l 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. $10

Pompano Beach Arts expands South Florida’s musical landscape by providing a stage for the area’s top bands in the Ali’s outdoor space, while sipping craft beers and sampling culinary delights from local food vendors.

Stories from the Porch

Ely White House Museum

February 19 at 11 a.m.

Enjoy stories about black American heroes, carry out a small craft and visit the house. Guests are encouraged to dress up as your favorite black hero, community leader, or character from history. After story time, families are invited onto the porch to share their Pompano Beach stories. Light refreshments are served.

Editing – A series of virtual films

Pompano Beach Cultural Center

February 24 at 7 p.m.

Montage a Virtual Film Series is designed to engage industry professionals, moviegoers and audiences in candid discussions designed to inspire emerging filmmakers. Montage is organized and hosted by Cathleen Dean of black cat media

Pioneer Ball

Ali Cultural Arts

February 26 / 5:30 p.m. | $20 General Admission $15 Seniors

This dinner will celebrate local business owners, past and present. Dinner will include a one-hour cocktail, main course and dessert. The winners program begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a live band and an inspiring dance performance. Limited tickets are available.


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