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2013 Events and Activities


Black History Month is celebrated throughout Columbus with a variety of events and activities for everyone. Check out my list of events that are both fun and educational for the whole family.

1. Columbus Jazz Orchestra's Ragtime, Blues & Beyond: A Short History of Jazz

February 7-10, 2013
Thursday 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday 8-10 p.m. Sunday 3-5 p.m.
Southern Theatre
21 E. Main St., Columbus, 43215

From the website: From the masters to the disciples, join the CJO and CYJO as we celebrate over a century of jazz legends and learning! Showcasing over 100 years of toe-tapping jazz, the CJO performs side by side with the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra in this tribute to the most beloved jazz masters including Scott Joplin, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and more! The incredible talent of accomplished saxophonist Tia Fuller (Beyonce, Nancy Wilson Jazz Orchestra) and legendary drummer Lewis Nash (Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis) will guarantee a swingin' spectacular that cannot be missed!

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2. February Family Films: African American Film Directors

February 2-23, 2013 Saturdays 2 p.m. Adults $5. Children 18 and under $3. Family pack $20. The King Arts Complex 867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, 43203 From the websiteThe February Family Film Series will focus on the work of African American Directors in honor of Black History Month. We will feature a different director each week. The dialogue will be led by community facilitators and/or local Media personalities that are experts in their field either by knowledge or interest. The packages will include refreshments and allow for dialogue after each film.

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3. Songs for the New Millennium

August 24, 2012 - April 21, 2013
Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday until 8:30 p.m.
Adults $10. Seniors and student 6 and older $8. Children 5 and under free. Admission is free every Sunday.
Columbus Museum of Art
480 E. Broad St., Columbus, 43215

From the website:This exhibition, which was created by Aminah Robinson for the bicentennial, is a very personal meditation on the neighborhood in which she grew up. She has created both a literal map of the neighborhood, which records how it has changed, as well as a visual memory map recalling her Uncle Alvin's enchanting stories. As always, Aminah's stories are richly illustrated on paper with paint, fabric, and buttons.

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4. Exhibit: Essential Elijah Pierce

September 13, 2012 - February 16, 2013 Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday until 8:30 p.m. Adults $10. Seniors and student 6 and older $8. Children 5 and under free. Admission is free every Sunday and July-August. Columbus Museum of Art 480 E. Broad St., Columbus, 43215 614-221-4848, 614-221-6801 From the website: The Essential Elijah Pierce, an in-depth look at CMA's Pierce collection, features several new acquisitions that are being shown for the first time. Born in Baldwin, Mississippi, in 1892, Pierce took up carving wood after his father gave him his first pocketknife at age 7. Working as both a barber and a preacher, he ultimately settled in Columbus in 1924, opening his own barbershop in 1951. His shop became a gathering place for the local African American community as well as a gallery for his woodcarvings. In the late 1960s Pierce was discovered by an art world newly interested in the work of folk and self-taught painters and sculptors. He quickly became a something of a celebrity both locally and nationally. Today, Elijah Pierce is best remembered for the carved and painted wood panels he made to illustrate the moral lessons, Bible stories, and parables that were the subjects of his sermons in the 1930s and 40s. The Columbus Museum of Art houses the largest public collection of Pierce woodcarvings in the country.

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5. Exhibit: Innovators & Inventors: The Black Inventors

January 10 - March 2, 2013
Monday-Sunday noon-7 p.m.
The King Arts Complex
867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, 43203

From the website: America is known throughout the world for the creative genius of its people. This exhibition highlights contributions by the genius of African American inventors who contributed to the reshaping of the mechanical world and inventions used everyday. From the ironing board, shoe last, lemon squeezer to the stop light and gas mask, the accomplishment are rarely known that many African Americans impacted the world while overcoming poverty, lack of education and racial prejudice.

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6. Parent Session and African American Read-In

February 2, 2013
Saturday 2-3:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 N. High St., Columbus, 43215

From the website: Content includes choosing books to share with your children and how to effectively share those books, as well as tips for helping children learn how to read on their own. Presenters are Patricia Scharer, Evelyn Arthur, Christina Dorr, and Lisabeth Deskins. The Exhibit Hall will be open after the session.

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7. 2013 Hip-Hop Literacies Conference

February 16, 2013
Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
The King Arts Complex
867 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus, 43203

From the website:Hip Hop Literacies conference will feature scheduled talks, panels, and town hall sessions for local students. Workshops for educators will be lead by renowned scholars, educators, and artists in addition to presentations by undergraduates, graduate students, and local community groups. The conference features a workshop for artists and students, a Hip Hop for Educators Workshop, as well as a community town hall dialogue. This program is presented in partnership with The Ohio State University.

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8. Poitier

February 4 - March 4, 2013
Monday 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Grandview Heights Public Library
1685 W. First Ave., Columbus, 43212
From the website: Versatile, Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier is always a stalwart and reliable presence, not matter what chaos transpires around him. In tribute to this great actor, the Grandview Library screens four of his most vaunted and remarkable performances. Celebrate Black History Month!

9. Black History Month at the Ohio Statehouse

February 1-28, 2013
Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse
Broad and High streets, Columbus, 43215

From the website: The Ohio Statehouse will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a special display, free historical performances each Thursday at noon and special tours of the George Washington Williams Room. Visitors can also enjoy a special soul food menu at the Capitol Cafe each Thursday in February.

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