Cheekwood is introducing a new celebration to its calendar this year. Next month, the gardens will host the inaugural African American Cultural Family Celebration.
Co-chairs Brenda Corbin and Rita Mitchell have been working incredibly hard, along with an amazing advisory committee that includes many prominent Black community members and leaders, to bring art activities, artists, live music, food trucks, curator-led tours and special lectures celebrating African American culture in a way that Cheekwood has never seen. The weekend celebration is sure to be a perfect beginning of a new tradition.
“I have enjoyed working with fellow community leaders on Cheekwood’s inaugural event celebrating Black history and culture,” says Brenda. “Our committee has created an exciting weekend of events and performances showcasing Nashville’s talented Black artists, musicians and poets. We hope to welcome visitors from all parts of Middle Tennessee to Cheekwood to enjoy the festival.”
As part of the Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion Pledge, Cheekwood is taking steps to expand access to underserved communities and to “pursue new and previously underrepresented ideas, artists, advisors, partners, instructors, innovators, and audiences so that all voices can be heard, respected and supported.” And to make the event accessible to those who do not have the means to visit the gardens, Cheekwood is offering complimentary tickets to make sure everyone is able to enjoy the celebration.
For more information on Cheekwood and to reserve your tickets for the celebration, visit cheekwood.org.