Celebrating Black Florida

Hued Songs

Celebrating Black Florida

Saturday, February 22 / Noon-5 pm / FREE

Now in its third year, this Community Day celebrates the art and cultural histories of black Floridians, as well as the Museum’s collection of works by artists of African descent. The day’s activities include special tours, family workshops, talks, performances, and a teen art studio led by the Museum’s Teen Advisory Squad (TASQ). 

Schedule of Events

  • Family Friendly Express Tour

    Enjoy a 30-minute family friendly express tour followed by a hands-on art activity for all ages and abilities.

  • Concert: The Mister Trombone Trio

    Kick off the day with a live jazz performance from some of the best musicians in West Palm Beach. 

    Located in the Great Hall.

  • Pop-up exhibition: A Look Back at the Sunset Lounge

    Hosted by the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency.

    Donned the “Cotton Club of the South”, the historic Sunset Lounge located in the Historic Northwest District, saw the likes of Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington circa the 1940s and 50s. More than just a space for entertainment, the Sunset Lounge became the backdrop for social events, community awareness, activism and neighborhood building. Take a historic look at one of the most popular jazz clubs through archival images and music of the era.

    Located in Maurer Lobby

  • Open Studio: Design a Kente Keychain!

    Lean about the origins of Kente Cloth by weaving meaningful fabrics into a Keychain.

    Located in Hearst Education Center

  • Norton Cinema: Hierophany

    Living on the margins of American society, a Florida boy encounters the sacred. Hierophany premiered at the LA FILM FESTIVAL and went on to play at over a dozen festivals across the country. Directed by Kevin Contento.

    Kevin Contento majored in cinema studies with a minor in philosophy, religion, and popular culture at the University of Central Florida. He earned his MFA in Screenwriting and Directing from the graduate film program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His thesis film, Hierophany premiered at the LA FILM FESTIVAL and went on to play at over a dozen festivals across the country.

    Located in the Stiller Auditorium 

  • Spotlight Talk

    The Teen Advisory Squad offers two 15-minute back-to-back talks on works in the collection by Black artists. Discover works by David Hammons and Kara Walker.

    Located in various galleries

  • Sunshine Junkanoo Band

    Dance along and join a Junkanoo parade in the Goergen Garden! This rich Bahamian tradition combines live drums, bells, and whistles, rhythmic dances and vibrant, colorful costumes.

    Located in the Goergen Garden

  • Live Art in the Garden

    A native Floridian and graduate of the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Anthony Burks, Sr. works in various forms of media, including pen & ink, pastels, watercolor and color pencil. His work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and events throughout Florida for the last 25 years.

    Located in the Goergen Garden

  • Teen Talk: Influencers as Activists

    An intimate conversation debating the power of social media influencers serving as activists in American social issues. This is an open format for teens to express themselves freely but welcomes all ages.

    Located in the Hearst Education Center 

  • Spoken Word with Lyric Lab

    The critically acclaimed Lyric Lab brings 3 poets to the Norton Stage to perform their latest poems, verses, and stories with live musical accompaniment. Presented in partnership with the Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department.

  • Highlights Tour

  • A Conversation with Highwayman Artist R.L. Lewis

    Artist R.L. Lewis creates one of signature paintings while discussing his art, life, and the story of the Florida Highwaymen. Lewis is one of the most creative and versatile figures of a Florida Landscape Artist tradition that has become known as THE HIGHWAYMEN and was an Art Teacher in the Brevard County School System for 32 years.

    Located in Korman 

  • Norton Cinema: The Send-Off

    Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night with the hope of transcending their rural town of Pahokee and the industrial landscape that surrounds them. Directed by Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas.

    Ivete Lucas is a director, producer, and editor based in Austin, Texas. Patrick Bresnan is a visual artist and filmmaker who holds a master’s degree in Sustainability from the University of Texas at Austin. Their films have won over 20 film and festival awards and their first feature-length film PAHOKEE premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Located in the Stiller Auditorium 

  • Architecture Sculpture Tour

  • Spotlight Talks - Various Galleries

    The Teen Advisory Squad offers two 15-minute back-to-back talks on works in the collection by Black artists. Discover works by Jacob Lawrence and Wangechi Mutu.

  • Hued Songs

    Hued Songs is a multidisciplinary performance that illuminates the works of black composers and works inspired by black history, culture, or text. Helmed by classical vocalist Kunya Rowley, this immersive experience highlights musical and theatrical bodies of work by African American artists and explores black history through vibrant dance, song, and spoken word.


This program was made possible by the generosity of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.