From celebrations showcasing the influence of Black culture in the arts to exhibitions challenging conventional views of justice, the following are some of the top events to honor and commemorate Black History Month in Arizona.
Twin Flames: The George Floyd Uprising from Minneapolis to Phoenix
A groundbreaking exhibition, “Twin Flames: The George Floyd Uprising from Minneapolis to Phoenix,” is a collaboration between ASU’s Center for Work and Democracy and the George Floyd Global Memorial. On display at ASU Art Museum from Feb. 3 to July 28, this community-driven showcase challenges conventional notions of memorials, delving into the role of art and community in fostering understanding and empathy. Unlike traditional monuments, “Twin Flames” highlights the poignant expressions of mourning and protest found at George Floyd Square, collected by community caretakers and cataloged by the George Floyd Global Memorial team. Join in exploring the diverse cultural expressions beyond museum walls, reminding that public spaces like George Floyd Square can guide individuals in mobilizing for justice and envisioning a more equitable world. Admission is free. For more information, visit asuartmuseum.org.
Step into the 21-plus affair that is Trap Karaoke, where guests will uncover the profound impact of spoken word and poetry on the evolution of modern-day hip-hop. Dive into the interconnected world of expressive art forms that have shaped today’s vibrant hip-hop landscape while singing and rapping along to your favorite songs. Trap Karaoke will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 8 p.m. to midnight at Onyx Art Gallery. Food trucks will also be on site. Admission is free. For more information, visit atasteofmelanin.org.
“Centered.” at Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden invites you to a special Black History Month celebration on Thursday, Feb. 15, during “Centered.”, a storytelling experience taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. This remarkable event will join the gardens with Ebone “Muse” Johnson as she showcases the immense influence of African Americans in the arts. “Centered.” will feature captivating performances, storytelling, dance routines, poetry and more as guests of all ages honor the Black community’s profound impact on the artistic landscape. This event is $25.95 per person. For more information, visit dbg.org.
Movie at the Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum
Join Phoenix Art Museum for a unique all-ages film event featuring snacks, music, the movie Black Panther and a panel discussion on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m. Guests are invited to listen as the Taste of Melanin panel provides an exclusive inside look into the experiences of Black filmmakers and writers in today’s world. This panelist includes Zach Andrews, a former NBA player from the Los Angeles Lakers turned actor/stuntman, and Christian Fuller, a specialist from Universal Studios (amongst others). Admission is free. For more information, visit atasteofmelanin.org.
This is Melanin
Spread across two floors of ASU Football Stadium at Mountain America Stadium, This is Melanin is a celebration in honor of Black History Month in Arizona, taking place on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 4 p.m. This is Melanin will feature lively games, a vibrant market with 25-plus vendors, complimentary haircuts, enlightening workshops and thought-provoking panel discussions. Empower the community in areas like finance and home-buying at this all-ages event, sponsored by the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI). Admission is free. For more information, visit atasteofmelanin.org.
Taste of Melanin Restaurant Week
From Friday, Feb. 8, to Friday, Feb. 16, indulge in Taste of Melanin Restaurant Week taking place across Valley restaurants. Over 15 Black-owned restaurants will showcase their culinary prowess with special dishes, menus, craft sips and more. Join the excitement with a scavenger hunt for fun prizes at each destination and more to help uncover the cultural tapestry of our local restaurant scene. Location info is coming soon. For more information, visit atasteofmelanin.org.
Uncle Nearest HBCU Old Fashioned Challenge at Ocean Prime
In recognition of Black History Month in Arizona, Ocean Prime is participating in the Uncle Nearest HBCU Old Fashioned Challenge throughout the month of February. This remarkable effort raises funds for historically underfunded Black colleges and universities. During this time, Ocean Prime will make Old Fashioned cocktails with Uncle Nearest 1884 blend and donate $1 from each one sold to this important cause. For more information, visit ocean-prime.com.