Honoring Black History Month in Lexington

Celebrate Black History Month through art activities, educational opportunities, discussions, and more.

The outside of the Lyric Theatre at night.

The Lyric Theatre sits on the corner of East Third Street + Elm Tree Lane. | Photo courtesy of VisitLEX

Every February, the country marks the history, struggles, achievements, and contributions of generations of Black Americans. From attending talent showcases to exhibits highlighting the achievements of African Americans, here are a few ways to honor Black History Month in Lexington. Bonus: all of these events are free.

Learn

Underground Railroad | Saturday, Feb. 17 + Monday, Feb. 19 | Times vary | Lexington Public Library, multiple branches | Learn more about the abolitionists that created the Underground Railroad thanks to recreations by the Cincinnati Museum Center.

Black History Month Color Me Project | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 4-6 p.m. | Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper St. | Express yourself with a family-friendly art activity.

“Knowledge of the Neighborhood” East End Matters | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | William Wells Brown Community Center, 548 E. Sixth St. | See a special performance from the center’s youth choir + Simmons College chorale, followed by a presentation honoring community members.

The exterior of Artworks at the Carver School featuring a half-circle walkway with instruments and big trees

The Artworks at the Carver School is here for your next lesson. | Photo by LEXtoday

Participate

Black History Month Printmaking | Friday, Feb. 16 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Artworks at Carver School, 522 Patterson St. | This workshop will teach you how to make your own unique Black history-themed screen print.

Black History Celebration | Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Kenwick Community Center, 313 Owsley Ave. | Connect with your fellow community members through games, music, and art that showcases the progressive work of Black Americans.

Sister Circle Forum | Thursday, Feb. 22 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Gatton Student Center, 160 Avenue of Champions | This one-day conference focuses on amplifying the stories of Black women, with the theme of “Embrace, Embody, Evolve.”

Honoring Black Excellence | Saturday, Feb. 24 | 6-8 p.m. | Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, 300 E. Third St. | Students at Fayette County Public Schools are invited to showcase their aspirations and talents, with an art exhibit displaying their work.

The exterior of the Living Arts & Science Center in Lexington

The doorway to a new skill and hobby awaits. | Photo by LEXtoday

Kids

Discovery Saturday: Black History | Saturday, Feb. 17 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Living Arts & Sciences Center, 362 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. | Kids can learn more about Black history with a planetarium show + art activities with local artists Yolantha Harrison-Pace and Kim Dixon.

Navigating Teen Life Dialogue: Importance of Black History | Thursday, Feb. 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Castlewood Community Center, 210 Castlewood Dr. | Teens are invited to discuss whatever may be relevant to them, from pop culture to college + careers.

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