Dallas Arboretum To Host Black Heritage Celebration

The Dallas Arboretum hosts its second annual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC) Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. The events will spotlight talents, art, and businesses from the local Black community.

Photo Courtesy: The Dallas Arboretum

New this year is an art exhibit coordinated by The South Dallas Cultural Center (SDCC) that will feature an exhibit of work from local African American galleries in the historic DeGolyer House.

This year’s artists are represented by local galleries including Emmanual Gillespie of Pencil on Paper Gallery, Barbara and James Mason of Msanii HOUS Fine Art, Nitashia Johnson of the South Dallas Cultural Center, and Sharidyn Barnes, Jennifer Monet Cowley, and Kumiko Johnson of Daisha Board Gallery.

Kumiko T. Johnson art. COURTESY: Daisha Board Gallery

“We seized the opportunity to partner with the Dallas Arboretum on its Black Heritage Celebration. This is an excellent opportunity for us to see so many talented local artists,” South Dallas Cultural Center general manager John Spriggins said.

Art Titled: Brown Eyed Susan. Courtesy of Barbara Marson

The “Art of Fashion” show will showcase the works of local black designers including Donna Rose, Aundrea Love, and Pink Lucy, among others. Guests will also be entertained by lively performances from the award-winning Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Bishop Arts Theater Center as well as by musical selections from Don Diego Band and Clover the Violinist.

Additionally, both days will feature cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, a vendor exhibit with more than 40 Black-owned businesses, and the opportunity to explore the Dallas Arboretum’s many gardens and exhibits.

Tickets to attend the event are included in the admission to the garden and must be pre-purchased online on the arboretum’s website or by calling 214-515-6615. For more information and to view the complete list of weekend activities, entertainment, and vendors, please click here.  

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