In Pursuit of Freedom Now!

Join Weeksville Heritage Center this summer for a 50th anniversary opening of two blockbuster exhibitions; ‘In Pursuit of Freedom Now!’ a pop up public history exhibit amplifying the roots and wings of activism. ‘Forward Ever! Sacred Ground & Sovereign Space’ a contemporary art exhibit, exploring our creative resilience that seeks to reclaim sovereign spaces where we can be brilliant, Black and free.

 
 
  Bobby Rogers

Bobby Rogers

May 25th

IN PURSUIT OF FREEDOM NOW! OPENING

 

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Weeksville Heritage Center, with the opening of “Forward Ever! Sacred Ground & Sovereign Space,” a show of contemporary art highlighting the creative resilience and meaning-making that's part and parcel of intentional black community.

Enjoy a night of free art, music, food and community.                                                              

May 30th

WEEKSVILLE AMBASSADORS: YOUNG BLACK PROFESSIONAL NIGHT

Join the Weeksville Ambassadors, WHC's young philanthropy group, as we celebrate the opening of In Pursuit of Freedom Now! 

Come network, share, learn, and listen with the community over great music and cocktails.  This special evening will also include  a screening of "New Panther: A Call for Action" and an immersive experience with IPOF Now! artist Elan Cadiz.

 


JUNE 9TH

ARTS.BLACK @ WEEKSVILLE

Jessica Lynne of Arts.Black returns for a lively discussion with 'Forward Ever' artist and experience designer William Ellis about Black creativity and activating spaces with Black culture. 


June 14 - 23

UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK WEEK

 

JUNE 14TH

Independent Curators International Curatorial Talk 

Meet us over light refreshments as we livesteam Monica Montgomery, curator of "In Pursuit of Freedom Now!", in conversation with Lavett Ballard and Quimetta Perle, artists featured in "Forward Ever! Sacred Ground & Sovereign Space".

 

JUNE 19TH

Juneteenth Celebration

The Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 declared all enslaved Africans free, but it wasn't until June 19, 1865 that word got to Texas. Since that date, Juneteenth has been an annual celebration of emancipation across the country. We will be opening Unapologetically Black week with "#ForTheCulture: Reclaiming Black Spaces".

Make your voice heard as we ponder how do we assert ourselves moving through this world, reclaim black holidays, and Black digital, physical and mental spaces.

 

JUNE 20TH 

Black Men Dream

Calling all brothas for the screening of “Black Men Dream,” by Shikeith Cathey. A much needed night for Black men to engage and heal by sharing stories and discussing the nuances of sexuality, emotions, trauma and being Black and male in a society where they're often seen as target. The moderator for this evening's community conversation is Antonio Johnson of "You Next".

 

 

JUNE 22ND

Summer Friday Day Party 

 

Come relax and take a much-needed early departure from the work day to visit In Pursuit of Freedom NOW!, Forward Ever, and take in our beautiful meadow over cocktails all powered by the ladies of Slum Village.

JUNE 23RD

#FortheCulture: #BLACKLIVESMATTER Legacies of Visual Unrest

Join us for a lively panel discussion circling how photographers have been documenting activist movements across the county in the time of #BlackLivesMatter as we close the gallery component of the exhibition, "Forward Ever! Sacred Ground and Sovereign Space"

Museum of Impact's ongoing series, #ForTheCulture addresses race, creativity, and legacy.



JULY 14TH 

WEEKSVILLE HOMECOMING

Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back former students and members and celebrating an organization's existence. Definition.

Come home to Black excellence, empowerment and emancipation at Weeksville Heritage Center!  Summer 2018 we are celebrating our golden anniversary, by celebrating you- the friends, neighbors and fans of Weeksville who aided in our growth and had our back over the past 50 years.  In the tradition of the illustrious HBCUs, we are hosting a homecoming and everyone is invited. Are you a local, graduate, student or lover of Black culture?  Have you worked, played, learned or made art at Weeksville? We want to reconnect and party with you.

Bring friends and family and get ready for fun times!