Black History Month Celebration at the Adrienne Arsht Center

The Miami performing arts center will honor Black History Month with a lineup of in-person performances and online events beginning February 12

Heritage Festival 2020. Photo by Amanda Smith Photography

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) will honor Black History Month with a lineup of in-person performances and online events throughout February. The virtual lineup includes the second-annual Heritage Festival on Saturday, February 20, at 3 p.m. and the final installment of “The Heritage Project Online Salon Series: The Business of Show,” along with in-person performances by New Orleans-based jazz phenom Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Florida-based R&B and soul artist Keba & The Usual Suspects.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Image courtesy of band management

The free virtual Heritage Festival will feature a multidisciplinary celebration of performance and culture in Miami while supporting Pan-African art in the community via YouTube and Facebook Live. The online production will feature performances by visual performance artist, scholar, and award-winning documentarian Omilani Alarcon and community ambassador, performance artist, and cultural curator Deborah Magdalena. RSVP here.

The six-part Heritage Project Online Salon Series will conclude with an exploration of the economic impact and cultural significance of Black trailblazers in the arts on Wednesday, February 24, at 5:30 p.m. The panel, led by arts administrators and performers, will look at artists as business professionals and discuss how Black culture has become a commodity. Reserve a link to the Zoom webinar or Facebook Live session here.

Keba & The Usual Suspects. Image courtesy band management

The Arsht Center will round out the month’s programming with live performances, including an evening of New Orleans jazz with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Friday, February 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Thomson Plaza for the Arts. Tickets cost $25. For more information, click here. Keba & The Usual Suspects will take the stage on Friday, February 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m., also in the plaza. Tickets cost $15. For more information, click here.

In-person events at the Arsht Center will be socially distanced and conducted in accordance with CDC and local health guidelines. Guests can expect touchless digital ticketing, wellness screenings, and temperature checks prior to entry, face coverings (over the mouth and nose) required for all attendees, and light bites and beverages for purchase, delivered directly to seats. Seating for in-person performances is purchased by the table with limited capacity of up to four guests.

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