Chattanooga Festival of
Black Arts & Ideas
2020 Schedule of Events
The Chattanooga Festival of Black Arts & Ideas
3rd Annual Juneteenth
Independence Day Commemoration
Friday, June 19th at 7:00 PM on the
Walnut Street Bridge. Open to the public!
As part of the commemoration we are seeking 155 Black volunteers to be RBG Pan-Africanism flag bearers. Each flag represents one year of the 155 years since our emancipation from slavery. Volunteers are being asked to stand in a designated area across the Walnut Street Bridge on both sides; wear a face covering and to socially distance for approximately one (1) hour. You may participate alone, as a family, or as group of four (4). We are asking that you confirm your participation by signing up under the RESERVE A SPOT button. You may also confirm your desire to participate by in-boxing us your name, phone number and email address or if you have any questions or concerns.
In addition to the flags presentation, there will be an open mic for artists to perform relevant songs/music, poems and spoken word pieces (5 minute max). You will be able to sign-up at the mic in the center of the bridge.
The Black Arts Festival strongly believes in the transformative Power Of The Arts. We believe that art delights, instructs, and consoles by educating our emotions. Art awakens, enlarges, refines, and restores our humanity. James Baldwin once said, "All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up."
2019 Schedule of Events
Thursday June 13th
12:00 PM & 6:00 PM
Film Screenings & Discussion
Oscar Micheaux Black Film Festival
At 12:00 noon a screening "Superfly"
Bring your lunch!!
Beginning at 6:00 pm we will pay tribute to director Spike Lee with a screening of his very first film, "Do the Right Thing" and
We will also feature an ENCORE screening of local filmmaker Jamaal Hicks' gripping documentary "32".
The Palace Theater
Ground floor of The Tomorrow Building
818 Georgia Ave #118
Festival & Discussion
As a result of a newly formed partnership with the Chattanooga Theatre Centre(CTC), CFBA&I can now present fully realized plays in addition to one or more staged readings of plays written by local Black playwrights.
This year, we will present plays by
Brandalyn Shropshire & Renita Johnson.
The Attic - based on a book by Renita Johnson, adapted by Brandalyn Shropshire, explores the tragedies & triumphs of the life of Renita Johnson's. This production reveals sexually abuse, death, pregnancy,
to coping and healing.
Love Letters - written and directed by Brandalyn Shropshire, explores the different forms of love including agape,
family, and self love.
There will also be an excerpted staged reading of "Gem of the Ocean" by August Wilson. Followed by a lecture by Pedro E. Alvarado, August Wilson scholar.
Chatta Theatre Centre (CTC) -
400 River Street - In Coolidge Park
FREE & Ticketed
Scratching Your Roots:
A Black Genealogy Workshop
Researching African American ancestors can be challenging and often requires some creative searching methods. The process of locating African American ancestors can be time consuming but the effort can be extremely rewarding. Come learn how!
This event will be hosted by
Form State Representative
Chattanooga Public Library
1001 Broad Street
Saturday, June 15
Festival & Concert
"Legacy Music Festival"
In Celebration of
Black Music Appreciation Month
This will be professionally staged in the newly renovated Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga.
The festival will feature some of
Chattanooga's best musicians.
12:00 noon Sankofa African Drumming & Dance Co.
1:00 Ogya World Music Band
2:00 LaFredrick Thrilkill & Friends
3:00 Classical String Quartet
4:00 Neshawn Bynum Callaway as Bessie Smith
5:00 C-Grimey - Rap / Hip Hop
6:00 Michael Stewart Band - R&B
7:00 Darryl (aka LiL D) - Headliner
Artists exhibition and sale
along with crafts, food, local Black owned business, entrepreneur and more.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets
and stay all day!
Shades of Poetry Writers'
Workshop and Open Mic
This event is free and open to the public of all ages. This is for all writing levels.
The workshop will be followed by an open mic event for those who attended the workshop and other attendees.
1:30 PM Registration
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Writing Workshop
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Open Mic
Poetry Meets Paint
This event is free and open to the public of all ages. This event features local visual artists who are also poets as they share original poetry inspired by their own artistic creation. There will be an interactive component to this event that will allow for dialog between the artist and the audience.
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Shades of Poetry Showcase
Saturday, June 15th 9:00 PM
This is an adult-only performance.
Chattanooga Theatre Centre
400 River Street
Black Dads Matter
Father's Day Brunch
Adult Brunch Tickets $20
Children under 12 Tickets $10
We will also presenting the
"Extraordinary Black Dad Award"
This is a SALUTE to all Black fathers who have done everything in their power to be good role models to their children despite all the stereotypes and statistics to prove otherwise. We have created a culture that hates and despises you. It depicts you as deadbeat, it throws you to the fire through media and movies, and rarely shows you as having any worth in our communities. Worst of all, our community believes it to be fact. Let this be a testament on your behalf, YOU ARE GREAT. But you also understand that you can be better and there are things we can do as the Black community to help our fathers become better dads. If you have not started, let this event be the beginning of that process for you!
Gospel Music Festival
Curated and Hosted by Trent Williams
With Special Guests:
Swayyvo, Byron Harvey,
Shawn Bigby, Larry Hurston,
The Mt. Caanan & Olivet Baptist Mass Choirs,
Pre-purchase your brunch tickets
The Hunter Museum of American Art
10 Bluff View Street
FREE Concert starting at 2:00 pm.
Monday June 17
5:30 PM Meet the artists reception & panel
"Places & Faces of
The Elizabeth Catlett Visual Arts Exhibition June 3rd - 29th
Shelley & Cecilia King
are this year's featured visual artists.
Explore Chattanooga's Black community through the lenses of these extraordinary photographers & photo-journalists. Their work will be on exhibition at the Bessie Smith African American Museum
June 3rd - 29th.
There will be a artist Meet & Greet on
Monday, June 17th at 5:30
followed by a panel discussion with other visual artists, supporters and arts organizations.
The Bessie Smith African-American Museum
200 E. M.L. King Jr. Blvd.
Juba Dance Festival
Featuring dancers in recital from the
D. Williams Dance Academy, as well as other local dancers showcasing various dance forms.
Chattanooga Theatre Centre (CTC)
400 River Street in Coolidge Park
Ceremony & Concert
Commemoration Ceremony & Concert
There will be a reading of the
Emancipation Proclamation by
VP of Inclusion & Diversity at Unum.
With a musical performance by
Young Gifted & Black, under the direction of Garrell Woods
Miller Park in the Heart of Downtown Chattanooga