Northglenn Arts presents
A Collaboration Between The Colorado Black Arts Festival & the Source Theater Company
This first installment of a three part series, covers the period from the 1600’s to the early 1900’s, taking the audience on a musical journey from slavery to prohibition. Along the way, the audience will be exposed to slave music, field hollers, work songs, lullabies, spirituals, songs of the Underground Railroad, ragtime and the blues.
The history of black music is diverse and engaging, and provides a compelling soundtrack to U.S. history in general. Since the contributions of African American music to American music are so vast, this project is presented in three installments over the years – telling the audience to be sure to come back next year to enjoy the next installment.
This is a program for all age levels.
February 7 at 7:30 PM
$15 adults | $13 youth, seniors & military | $11 groups
About The Colorado Black Arts Festival: The Denver Black Arts Festival (DBAF) had its humble beginnings in 1986 when a small contingent of artist and art lovers felt the lack of opportunities for African American visual and performing artists in the Denver Metro area was detrimental to the survival of the artists who were compelled to do art. They felt this lack of opportunity for the artist denied the African American community the education, ideas, movement, words, voices, beauty, colors, dimensions and contradictions of creativity that the arts engender, and that contribute to pride and self-esteem.
The first festival took place in August 1987. It rained the full two days of the festival when a small audience of determinedly fixed believers refused to go home. The next year the Festival was moved to July not to be vulnerable to Colorado’s August monsoons. In 1988, the second annual festival drew an audience of well over 30,000. By 1990 attendance reached 60,000. In 2009, the DBAF changed its name to Colorado Celebration of African American Arts and Culture, dba Colorado Black Arts Festival, an appropriate name in light of the state-wide reach of the event. In 2019, the Colorado Black Arts Festival will celebrate 33 years of operation. The Colorado Black Arts Festival has attracted patrons and artists from around the world. The Festival has received many awards for its outstanding Festival presentation including the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.