February 10th, 2017
African-American culture and the accomplishments of African-Americans have played significant roles in the shaping of Philadelphia. This February, there are tons of events going on near your Edgewater apartment to help people learn and appreciate black history. Read on to find out how you can celebrate!
The African American Museum, located at 701 Arch Street which is about two and a half miles from your Edgewater apartment, was the first museum funded and built by a municipality to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Home to a diverse collection of folk art, photographs, costumes, memorabilia and fine art, the museum will also be opening two new photography exhibits for Black History Month.
The Free Library System of Philadelphia, with libraries located throughout the city, is the 13th-largest public library system in the United States. For Black History Month, many of the local public libraries will be rolling out special programs, including a cooking workshop featuring ingredients that are deep-rooted in African heritage, a dance workshop and a folk art exhibition.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located at 300 S Broad Street which is about a mile and a half from your Edgewater apartment, brings world-class Broadway, music, and arts to Philadelphia. During Black History Month, tons of events are going on at the venue, including two dance shows by troupes known for their celebration of traditional African-American dance. A free event fills later fill the stage on Wednesday, February 15 as the recurring Sittin’ In jam session hits the theater, where guests can groove to Big Band tunes and hear from music experts as they speak about the history of the jam session in African-American culture.
The African American Museum
701 Arch Street
Free Library System of Philadelphia
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S Broad Street