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In celebration of Black History/Black Futures month, P.S. ARTS is highlighting educational events happening all month long in Los Angeles. As we educate ourselves and each other about the cultural impacts of Black artists in America, we remember that playful creativity has always been central to changing local communities.

  • Thursday, February 1 – 29 – Observations in Black: A Pictorial Celebration of Black History Month. The 8th edition of Observations in Black is an annual event in recognition of Black History Month. Immerse yourself in a captivating exhibit of black and white photography that showcases the unique culture, greatness, and resilience that exemplifies the African American community. Learn more and rsvp here.
  • Friday, February 2, 9, 16, 23 – Celebrate Black History Month with Black History Mini Docs! In celebration of Black History Month, visit the Academy Museum to explore quick and entertaining videos built to educate viewers about the contributions of Black people in American history, created by legendary producer-director Neema Barnette and filmmaker Reed R. McCants. For more information and to plan your visit, click here.
  • Tuesday, February 6 – Dia de Iemanjá Drumming and Dance at A & P. Drum and dance with an all-female ensemble bringing dance, music, and song to honor Dia de Iemanjá (Day of Yemanjá), a popular celebration observed each February throughout Brasil—, and especially in Salvador, Bahia. In this one-hour experiential workshop, participants will learn a popular dance, song, and rhythm rooted in the Afro-Brazilian tradition of Candomblé. Learn more here.
  • Friday, February 17 – Choirs at Colburn Celebrate Black History Month. Adrian Dunn, Colburn’s Director of Choral Programs, leads a joyous musical celebration of Black History Month featuring acappella spirituals and original compositions for chorus. The program will be performed by the Adrian Dunn Singers, an all-Black professional ensemble founded by Dunn and dedicated to transforming classical music and the music industry at large. Learn more and get your free ticket here.
  • Sunday, February 18 – 8th Annual Los Angeles Black History Month Festival. The event will feature African marketplace, concession vendors, performing artists, a surprise headliner, and discussions on topics including health, mental health and issues related to the African American community. For info and tickets, visit the eventbrite page here.
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