New Britain Herald – New Britain Museum of American Art hosting the 21st Annual June 19 Celebration


NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art will hold its 21st annual June 18 celebration on Saturday, June 18.

“This is an important and momentous day in American history, which is why we, as an American public institution, find it so important to bring this celebration to our community,” said Stephanie Strucaly, Partnerships Coordinator. community and awareness.

June 19 is observed annually on June 19 to commemorate when Gordon Granger, the Union General in Galveston, Texas, read federal orders on this day in 1965 that all slaves in Texas were free .

“I don’t think we’ve ever celebrated it on the exact day and it really depends on the planning,” Strucaly said. “Just as in the past, we have consulted with our Community Advisory Group, made up of several members from the Great New Britain area. We asked them what they thought of the day, what would be the best turnout and what else they knew was happening in the city and other towns in the area so we could choose the best date for those in New Britain. They felt like Saturday was the best day just to be aware of people attending church services on Sunday and since we are making it a one day event, we thought Saturday was the best day.

With free admission from 11 a.m. until the event ends at 4 p.m., guests can enjoy live entertainment provided by a number of Connecticut talent, food and vendors.

“This year I’m hosting again,” said Adrian Elliott. “Last year I co-hosted with Miss Paulette Fox and I honestly accept the challenge of trying to fill Miss Fox’s big heels and keep trying to build the community.”

This year, instead of time-blocking poetry, song and dance, “we’re trying to infuse some of the acts,” Elliott said. “And this year we were able to involve our high school in that we have the drum line and their jazz band. So we wanted to make it a little more kid-friendly event.

The opening ceremony from 11am will include the singing of the black national anthem by Jenee Shree, the raising of the June 19 flag and music by the New Britain High School Drumline.

“I bring Jenee back to the stage a bit with this performance; she was a little removed from the music,” Elliott said. “So she’s super happy to be back right now and will also sing Rise Up, one of my favorite songs.”

Guests can enjoy a performance by Belle & The Sons at 11:30 a.m., followed by poetry by New Britain native Grace “PoeticSouldier” Figueroa and Aaron St Louis.

Michael “The Chief” Peterson and Goddess will perform at 1 p.m.

“He has a lot of poems centered around children and fatherhood and with everything going on I thought this was the perfect opportunity to talk about holding our children back again and we have a responsibility to make sure that ‘They’re safe,’ Elliott said of Peterson. “So he’s going to do old poems, new poems, but most importantly, more heartwarming poems.”

The New Britain High School Jazz Band will perform at 2pm and FriendZWorldMusic will end the day in style, literally, with a dance and drum show.

“We also have nonprofits coming up and I’m very excited. Crave Food Truck is like the biggest truck around,” Elliott said. “I’m also thrilled to have Seaside Creamery on board, there’s a lot of community in how this business operates.”

A few of the vendors include Dripavellis, 2Gurlz LLC, LaMoo Designs, Jodi Cup of Health, INI Sips, and other items like clothing, accessories, and tea.

“We have a special exhibit opening called 30 Americans featuring some of the most acclaimed black and African American artists of the past decades and it coincides with the June 19 celebration,” Strucaly said. “There is also going to be a vaccination clinic hosted by the Ministry of Health; anyone who needs the vaccine or the booster can come and do it. »

NBANB began celebrating June 19 in 2001 and, except for a short hiatus, has marked the holiday every year since. Strucaly said organizing this year’s event was not as difficult as last year’s.

“We were so deep in the pandemic last year compared to this year, I think there’s more hope and we’re coming out of the pandemic a little bit more,” she said. “Last year we were a little unsure about attendance and everything, but it ended up being a great success, we saw over 500 people and families and got a lot of great feedback.”

AANBB is located at 56 Lexington St.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday June 7th, 2022 12:18 PM. Updated: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 12:20 p.m.

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