Black History Month 2023: Art, History & Culture at the Arlington Public Library
By Arlington Public Library
Posted on February 02, 2023, February 02, 2023

Join the Arlington Public Library this February in honoring Black culture and contributions, past, present, and future.

Join the Arlington Public Library this February in honoring Black culture and contributions, past, present, and future.

The Arlington Public Library will commemorate Black History Month with a series of programs that celebrate Black history, culture, and art.

Learn more about Black History Month in our Library on Topic article.

Book Talk with Author and Illustrator Jerry Craft

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Join the Arlington Public Library for a special author visit with best-selling children's author and illustrator, Jerry Craft. The event will include a presentation from the author, a brief drawing session showcasing how his characters came to life, Q&A, and a book signing. This event is free and open to the public, and the first 50 kids will receive a free copy of New Kid for the author to sign.

Old School VS New School Music Battle

Friday, Feb. 10, 2023, Noon - 1:30 p.m., Virtual

Take a lunch break and join us for this exciting battle where old school Hip Hop & RnB go head-to-head with new school remixes of the classics. Who will take the crown? Only you can decide!

"Beginning African American Genealogy Research" presented by Sabra Johnson — Arlington Genealogical Society

(In-Person & Virtual)

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Downtown Library

Explore your family history guided by African American genealogist, Sabra Johnson! No matter what ethnic background you have, you are sure to learn new and interesting research techniques from her examples.

Afrofuturism: Aesthetic, Culture, Movement

Thursday, Feb.16, 2023, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Virtual - Registration Required

Join us for an engaging roundtable discussion on Afrofuturism in literature, media, and beyond. Afrofuturism: a wide-ranging social, political, and artistic movement that explores the culture and experiences of the African diaspora through the lens of science-fiction, history, and fantasy.

Panelists will include Ytasha Womack, critically acclaimed filmmaker and Dr. Kathy Brown, professor of art education at the University of North Texas.

Cricut: Black History Month T-shirts

Friday, Feb. 17, 2023, 3 – 5 p.m., Downtown Library

Create a beautiful heat press design using Cricut Design Space software and heat transfer vinyl. Bring a solid color t-shirt and we will provide the vinyl. This class is limited to the first 7 in attendance and is appropriate for ages 13+.

A Black History Month Panel Discussion on STEM Careers with Black Professionals & Students

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, 7 – 8 p.m., Downtown Library

Join us for a robust and honest conversation with Black STEM professionals and students from the National Society of Black Engineers Dallas/Fort Worth Professionals and UTA's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Members of the panel will discuss their educational journeys, describe current challenges, and celebrate successes. All to encourage the next generation to follow in their footsteps

BHM Reception: An Evening of Jazz & Art

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Downtown Library – Registration Required

Enjoy an intimate evening of jazz celebrating the music of icons Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. Peruse a stunning artist gallery by local Black artists and partake in tasty refreshments during this night of class and elegance. Cocktail attire requested.

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