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Juneteenth

City of Sandy Springs Juneteenth Celebration

May 17, 2024

On Wednesday, June 19, Juneteenth at City Springs will showcase a captivating dance production, a STEAM digital art gallery, educational activities, an array of food vendors, and more. Presented by the City of Sandy Springs, this annual free, family-friendly Juneteenth Celebration will be a tribute to freedom and liberty.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the United States. Communities across the country celebrate Juneteenth in various ways, reflecting the event's rich cultural diversity and historical significance.

The Juneteenth celebration begins at 5 p.m. with outdoor festivities, which add an educational component to the indoor stage production and digital art gallery. Family-friendly activities include Juneteenth trivia, West African drum circle, and more.

Beginning at 5 p.m. in the Byers Theatre Lobby, LIQUID Arts & Productions presents an immersive Art Exhibition and Experience centered on the creativity of high school students from Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. The exhibition will feature interactive digital artworks. Guided by PeQue's artistic vision, these youth-produced canvas pieces will incorporate augmented reality, allowing guests to engage with innovative displays. Additionally, the students will also work on a large mural-sized masterpiece, highlighted as the exhibition’s centerpiece.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Byers Theatre, Namari Dance Center will produce and direct “From Africa to America,” a high-quality stage program that uses dance, spoken word, and song to tell the story of Juneteenth.

Event Schedule

  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Byers Theatre Lobby)
    • LIQUID Arts and Productions Immersive Art Exhibit and Experience
  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (City Green)
    • Dance to live DJ Music
    • Food Trucks
    • Educational Activities
    • Genealogy Research Exhibits
  • 5:30 p.m.
    • Namari Dance Program “From Africa to America” (Byers Theatre)
  • 7:00 p.m.
    • African Dance Workshop by Djoli Kelen (City Green)
  • 7:30 p.m.
    • Facilitated Drum Circle by Djoli Kelen (City Green)

Guest speakers, activities, and more fun will be announced. Check sandyspringsga.gov/Juneteenth for more details. 

Event sponsors include the City of Sandy Springs, Rough Draft Atlanta, City of Dunwoody, Inspire Brands, Classic Cadillac, Sandy Springs Together, and Veritiv.

In-kind support for Juneteenth comes from Namari Dance Center, Namari Productions, Djoli Kelen, Healthy Youth USA, PeQue Art, Liquid Art and Productions, Gus’ Fried Chicken, Chef Rob’s Caribbean Café, Chick-Fil-A Northridge, Georgia Archives, and the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.

 

 

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