Juneteenth Community Day

Bring family and friends to the Juneteenth Community Day and commemorate the day the announcement of the abolition of slavery was made in Texas in 1865.

This intergenerational event celebrates freedom and spotlights the African American experience with live musical performances, dance, gallery talks on art by African American artists, storytelling, and art-making activities.

The programming for this event was organized by the Norton Museum of Art in conjunction with the Juneteenth Advisory Group including Julian Crewe, Samantha Cyprian, Adrienne Chadwick, Maria DeJesus, Kianga Jinaki, and Cleeve Maloon.

This is a FREE event.

Parking in the Norton Museum Visitor lot will be free during the day. There are a limited number of spots so please, carpool or use public transportation if you are able to. Free overflow parking will be permitted for the day at Palm Beach Atlantic University in the Intermural Lot, Q lot and ACA Lot ONLY.

Schedule of Events

  • Music / Ebony Gospel Choir

    The Ebony Chorale represents singers, most of whom are not professional musicians by vocation, who dedicate their time to striving for excellence in the performance of choral music. Each week they give of themselves to be the best vocal musicians possible. Vacations and schedules are arranged to meet the demands of rehearsals and performances. They sing for the joy and the love of music. 

    Founded and directed by Dr. Orville T. Lawton. 

    Great Hall

  • Spoken Word

    Join Terese “Chunky” Hill, Zionna Walker, Jorey, Cross, and Brandon Areizaga for poetry.

    Terese “Chunky” Hill is acknowledged as one of the prolific voices of our time. This Nationally known spoken word artist has the ability to hold and comfort her audience by delivering heart felt passion through words, provoking the listener to feel inspired and uplifted. Using the gift of speech to draw a vivid picture of culture and diversity that is touchable reality. Terese is a public servant. Severing as a Law enforcement officer for over ten years she has combined poetry and the law into a prophetic mixture. She has captured the ability to voice personal life experience, societal blues, sexuality, and world issues into a soulful gospel of good news, by using the universal language of poetry.

    Stiller Auditorium

    11:30-12pm & 2:15-2:45pm
  • StoryTime

    Perfect for the little ones!  Enjoy stories about Juneteenth.

    Stiller Auditorium

    12:15-12:35pm & 2-2:20pm
  • Dance

    Enjoy dance performances with Soul Stage Dance Ensemble as well as pieces choreographed by Brenan Gonzalez, Branndi Lewis, and Jorden Amari.

    Soul Stage Dance Ensemble is the performance group for Soul Movement.  Soul Movement was founded by Samantha Cyprian to provide dance instruction for Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap to dances in Palm Beach County, but specifically those from underserved and underrepresented communities.

    Great Hall

  • Hip Hop Dance Class

    Learn Hip Hop with Larry Albright

    Great Hall

  • Games

    Join the Palm Beach County African Diaspora Historical & Cultural Society for a fun Juneteenth game.

    Stiller Auditorium

    12:45-1:30pm & 3-3:45pm
  • Music / Bianca Rosarrio

    South Florida’s very own Bianca Rosarrio is an International Contemporary Jazz Singer with a captivating voice that can melodically narrate her audience through a journey of her musical visions, commanding the attention of any room with sultry expressions, and powerful climatic crescendos. She infuses her style with the ease of jazz, the honesty of blues, the nostalgia of the standards, and the dynamics of soul with influences of Sade.

    Great Hall

  • Music / Larry Johnson’s Essence of Motown

    Larry Johnson’s Essence of Motown brings together the excitement of good vocals, choreography, and genre versatility.  Performing Pop, Rock, Country, Oldies, R&B, and of course, the Motown Sound.

    Great Hall

  • Spotlight Tours

    Each tour is 15 minutes.

    Meet in the Great Hall

    11:45, 12:45 & 2:45

  • Open Studio / Gillian Kennedy Wright

    Join Gillian Kennedy Wright to create and decorate a "Courage Crown" to wear in moments that require courage to do the seemingly impossible.

    Classroom #2

  • Open Studio / Deon Jefferson

    Join Guest Teaching Artist Deon Jefferson to create a "Heart on your Sleeve" bracelet for Juneteenth so you can be proud of who you are, and also carry a small piece of the ancestors on your wrist.

    Classroom #2


  • Artisan Market

    Support local artists and businesses by shopping at our Marketplace.

    Korman Room

    All Day