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Celebrate Black History Month In Kalamazoo

Posted on February 2nd, 2016

Black Arts & Cultural Center of Kalamazoo



Photo credit to Black Arts & Cultural Center of Kalamazoo


Art Hop- Black Cowboy: A Long Hard Ride into History

This month the BACC will exhibit Black Cowboy: A Long Hard Ride into History, which explores the history and contributions of the African American cowboy in the Old West from the early migrations of slaves from the South through the settling and taming of the West. The Black Cowboy exhibit is also available for organizations to showcase.

February 5th


The Awakening

A week of empowerment and celebration in honor of Black History Month.

February  21st – 26th



The Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts 

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has a great lineup of guests and programs for Black History Month. Among the offerings are filmmakers, artists, performers, and curators.


PERFORMANCE: Common Threads

Poetry & music join in a call and response about art and race with Dr. Michelle S. Johnson, aka dj Disobedience; Denise Miller, artist, poet, community activist, and professor; Abbie Maikoski, vocalist and community activist; and Jim Croteau, poet and professor.

February 4th



Photo Credit to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts


VIDEOS: Art in the 21st Century
El Anatsui & Yinka Shonibare MBE

Internationally acclaimed artists whose work arises out of the rich, complex cultures of West Africa, and challenges us to look at our world in new ways. These videos show Ghanaian artist El Anatsui and Nigerian-born artist Yinka Shonibare MBE at work in the studio and discussing their art. Anatsui transforms simple materials into complex assemblages, while Shonibare explores cultural identity and colonialism against the context of globalization. FREE.

February 9


FILMS: Another Day and RESET

Kalamazoo native Domonic Smith will join us to screen two of his films. Another Day depicts a hapless customer service operator working through the fiction and fantasy of life in mankind’s final moments. RESET follows 14-year old Jaywon, who is grieving the death of his father and dealing with bullying at school when he discovers a mysterious device that could change his life. Included with admission.

February 11th


Establishing a Second Space: Richard Hunt and Michigan

Tami Miller, Director of Art and Education at the Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan, will discuss the work of this world-renowned sculptor based in both Chicago and Benton Harbor. FREE.

February 16th


Get the Picture Gallery Talk
Keith Morrison’s Altar

This Jamaican-born artist has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Smithsonian. Included with admission.

February 18th


Royal Gold: Art, Power, and Politics

Dr. Nii Quarcoopome, Curator of African Art at both the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will discuss the royal art of the Asante Kingdom, one of ten states in present-day Ghana, and discuss the significant role gold has planed in Asante history, culture, and economy. The evening will include a reception, and a special presentation of brass and bronze goldweights from the KIA collection. Included with admission.

February 25th



Western Michigan University Multicultural Affairs



Photo Credit to The Division of Multicultural Affairs of Western Michigan University


Black History Month Film Series

The Division of Multicultural Affairs and Office of Diversity and Inclusion will sponsor a film series during the first week of February 2016.

February 2-4


“Tested” Film Screening and Discussion

The gap in opportunities for different races in the U.S. remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation’s top public schools. In New York City, where Blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of the city’s school-aged population, they represent less than 5% at the city’s most elite public high schools. Meanwhile, Asian Americans make up as much as 73%. Filmmaker Curtis Chin’s new documentary, “Tested,” follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. “Tested” includes the voices of such education experts as Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch as it explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model minority myth. Co-sponsored by Lambda Theta Alpha and Asian Pacific Student Association.

February 9th


Black Love Week

There will be a main event speaker on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

Third week in February



For more information on a specific event, please click on the name of the organization hosting the event.