"kwanzaa will be engaged as an ancient and living cultural tradition which reflects the best of African thought and practice in its reaffirmation of the dignity of the human person in community and culture, the well-being of family and community, the integrity of the environment and our kinship with it, and the rich resource and meaning of a people’s culture." - Dr. Maulana Karenga

As we move into the holiday season, we cannot help but think about the ways in which kwanzaa's seven principles align with the history of weeksville. umoja (unity), kujichagulia (self-determination), ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose), kuumba (creativity), and imani (faith) are all the pillars on which we stand. this holiday season, we encourage you all to reflect on these principles in your own lives as we usher in a new year.

renegade performance group takes us from haiti to outer space

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We are thrilled to announce that Renegeade Performance Group will be presenting their film UNTAMED SPACE on December 6th for Weeksville Wednesdays!

In Untamed Space, Renegade Performance Group artistic director and choreographer André M. Zachery calls upon his familial lineage in the Southern United States and Haiti and his upbringing on the southside of Chicago to construct an interdisciplinary performance about “marooning” in the 21st Century.  This is Zachery’s latest foray under his AFROFUTURISM series, an ongoing artistic investigation exploring and reinterpreting Black signifiers and culture through technology with a contemporary perspective.

Look closely and you may see a pretty cool cameo from a familiar friend!

DECEMBER 6, 2017



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Join us on December 9th for our third annual Shops at Weeksville! This year, we've partnered with the Young Brown Collective to bring you a shopping experience like no other. In the spirit of Ujamaa, we will be featuring some of our favorite Black-owned businesses from noon to 6pm. Jazz has been an integral part of the Weeksville community throughout is existence and we are thrilled to announce a special holiday performance by the Jeff King Band. Tickets are $10. 

As always, the Weeksville Family Fun Zone will open at 2pm with family friendly activies. Tours of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses will run on the hour beginning at 3pm. 

DECEMBER 9, 2017

12 - 6pm



Weeksville Heritage Center has collaborated with Live Here, Learn Here for a three-part community conversation, led by the Human Root, to discuss raising a modern child at the intersections of race, class, immigration, religion in a gentrifying city. 

Come spend an evening getting to know your neighbors and talking about family, home, schools, and community for our third session. Together, we'll watch "Laundry City," a play by Epic NEXT Theater Ensemble, and ponder this question --How will we work together to fight for equity in our schools? Bring a friend, a dish to share, and bring the kids. Fun, high-quality childcare from Trail Blazers for children over the age of three will be provided.

DECEMBER 13, 2017