African American Cultural Family Celebration

August 14, 2021 – August 15, 2021

African American Cultural Family Celebration

Cheekwood is excited to debut its inaugural African American Cultural Family Celebration, featuring a weekend of activities, highlighting both the visual and performing arts.

During this weekend-long event you’ll have the opportunity to learn about Nashville’s esteemed William Edmondson, with special lectures and curator-led tours, enjoy music from local Black musicians, and sample tasty fare from local food trucks. We will also be hosting an array of unique wellness programs that encompass the mind, body and spirit.

See Below for Event Schedule, Edgehill Shuttle Schedule, and Advisory Committee.

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Schedule

Saturday, August 14

Main Stage – Arboretum Lawn

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Lauren McClinton

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | Jason Eskridge

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM | Bryant Taylorr

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | The Shindellas

Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden Stage

10:00 AM | Barbara Higgins-Bond reads Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away and discusses her illustration process

11:00 AM | Storytime

12:00 PM | Spoken Word with Southern Word

1:30 PM | Spoken Word with Southern Word

Bradford Robertson Color Garden

3:00 PM | African drumming with Sankofa Drum & Dance

Massey Auditorium

10:30 AM | Panel Discussion: William Edmondson’s Nashville
Moderated by Marin Sullivan, Featuring Prof. Learotha Williams (Tennessee State University), Maria Magdalena Campos Pons (Vanderbilt University), and Jamaal Sheats (Fisk University)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Conversation with the Curator
Join Marin Sullivan, chief curator of The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stonework, for an opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about the pieces on display.

Historic Mansion & Museum Recreation Room

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | View an excerpt from Chipping Away: The Life and Legacy of Sculptor William Edmondson, a documentary covering his life and work.

Frist Learning Center Great Hall

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Spoken Art with Rita and Brittany Mitchell
Affirmation Stations in Great Hall, video in Hill Room

Spoken Art is a one-of-a-kind memoir of art and poetry created by dynamic mother-daughter duo, Rita P. Mitchell and Brittany A. Mitchell. Through this book, Rita and Britt share the connectivity between life and art with 3 Spoken Art poems, 30 affirmations, and 20 years of art. Spoken Art is meant to be both inspirational and aspirational so you can spark your creative spirit!

As you walk through the Spoken Art exhibit, you will experience Rita and Britt’s art, poetry, affirmations, and vision boarding. Spoken Art is about declaring your truth and your heart’s desire. This unique exhibit will inspire you to seek out the words, phrases, images, and art that affirm who you are as a person.

Frist Learning Center Bradford Room

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Portrait Photography with DaShawn Lewis and Kim Manson *Advance registration required

Frist Learning Center Crumbo Studios

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Block Printing with Ashley Seay
*Advance registration required

Beer Garden

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Participate in a community mural project and create your own Model Magic Garden Creature inspired by William Edmondson.

Food Trucks – Lot B

That’s My Dawg, The Tasty Wheel

Bar Stations

Perfectly Cordial signature cocktails and mocktails

Sunday, August 15

In the Galleries

9:30 AM | Sound Bath Meditation with Jo-Jo Jackson
*Advance registration required

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Close Looking of Selected Pieces of The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stonework
Join Cheekwood docents as they lead visitors through close looking exercises of several William Edmondson sculptures. Close looking encourages visitors to slow down and engage carefully with objects in a meaningful manner.

Historic Mansion & Museum Recreation Room

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | View an excerpt from Chipping Away: The Life and Legacy of Sculptor William Edmondson, a documentary covering his life and work.

Main Stage – Arboretum Lawn

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Larysa Jaye

12:15 PM – 1:00 PM | Mike Hicks

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM | Mr. Talk Box

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM | Brassville

Bradford Robertson Color Garden

2:25 PM | African drumming with Sankofa Drum & Dance

Frist Learning Center Great Hall

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Spoken Art with Rita and Brittany Mitchell
Affirmation Stations in Great Hall, video in Hill Room

Spoken Art is a one-of-a-kind memoir of art and poetry created by dynamic mother-daughter duo, Rita P. Mitchell and Brittany A. Mitchell. Through this book, Rita and Britt share the connectivity between life and art with 3 Spoken Art poems, 30 affirmations, and 20 years of art. Spoken Art is meant to be both inspirational and aspirational so you can spark your creative spirit!

As you walk through the Spoken Art exhibit, you will experience Rita and Britt’s art, poetry, affirmations, and vision boarding. Spoken Art is about declaring your truth and your heart’s desire. This unique exhibit will inspire you to seek out the words, phrases, images, and art that affirm who you are as a person.

Beer Garden

12:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Join Creative Girls Rock to make a celebratory flower headband and learn more about their mission or make your own Model Magic Garden Creature inspired by the work of William Edmondson.

Food Trucks – Lot B

That’s My Dawg, The Tasty Wheel, The Radical Rabbit, Rolled 4Ever, Cupcake Collection

Bar Stations

Perfectly Cordial signature cocktails and mocktails

Edgehill Shuttle

For this event, Cheekwood will be offering complimentary shuttle transportation provided by Gray Line Tennessee from Edgehill Community Memorial Garden on Saturday, August 14.

Shuttle pick-up location  |  Edgehill Community Memorial Garden, 1409 12th Avenue South

Shuttle Schedule  |  Shuttle will pick-up beginning at 9:30 AM. Last pick-up will be at 1:30 PM from Edgehill Community Memorial Garden to Cheekwood. Last shuttle will depart Cheekwood at 4 PM to return to the Edgehill Community Memorial Garden.

*More information on additional pick-up and drop-off times coming soon.

Advisory Committee

The African American Cultural Family Celebration advisory committee includes prominent community members and Black leaders including Brenda Corbin (Co-Chair), Rita Mitchell (Co-Chair), Harry Allen (Studio Bank), Grace Awh (Community Volunteer), Michael Gray (Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum), Barbara Higgins-Bond (Award-Winning Illustrator)Lagra Newman (Purpose Prep Academy), Monique Odom (Nashville Metro Parks), Ronald Roberts (Finn Partners, DVL Seigenthaler), D. Billye Sanders, Attorney-at-Law (Marian Dockery & Associates), Mark Schlicher (Sun Porch Media), Jamaal Sheats (Fisk University), Tamar Smithers (National Museum of African American Music), Michelle Steele (Lipscomb University), David Swett III (Swett’s Restaurant), Lolita Toney (Dismas House) and Carolyn Waller, Realtor (Zeitlin’s Sotheby’s).


Interested in volunteering? Fill out our volunteer application at the link below!

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