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Downtown Santa Monica celebrates Black History Month

Downtown Santa Monica aims to amplify Black voices and highlight the history, diversity, achievements, and creativity of our local Black community.

 

The theme for the City of Santa Monica's celebration of Black History Month 2022 is Black Health and Wellness. Issues pertaining to this theme range from the high maternal mortality rate among Black mothers to the generational wealth gap to barriers to mental health to housing. 

 

 

Black History Month Calendar of Events

 

Below is a calendar of Black History Month events produced by the City of Santa Monica. If you are hosting an event, or know of others not listed here, please let us know by emailing [email protected] and we will do our best to add them here.

 

Tuesday, February 1 at 12 p.m.: Black History-Themed Bingo with Comedienne Kristal Adams (Virtual)

Laugh your way through an hour-long Black History Month-themed bingo emceed by Comedienne Kristal Adams. Learn about Black history while trying your luck at winning coveted prizes. Click here to RSVP.

 


Tuesday, February 1 – Wednesday, February 16: Black History Month Exhibits at Santa Monica City Hall

The City is partnering with the Quinn Research Center to display exhibits at Santa Monica City Hall featuring Black historical figures in Santa Monica who worked in health and wellness. Additionally, the City is working the Library, City staff, local schools and the Building Bridges Art Exchange to collect student art to display. The public is welcome to browse the exhibits during the City's regular business hours.

 


Thursday, February 3 at 10:30 a.m.: Black Health and Wellness (Virtual)

Join us for the Black History Month opening ceremony featuring local health professionals, including Phillip Brown, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Family Medicine, and Nakeya T. Fields, mental health entrepreneur, author, and speaker, who will discuss the importance of mental and physical health. The event will also feature tap performances by the Syncopated Ladies, the singing of the Black National Anthem by Castella, a hula hoop competition, and a healthy cooking demonstration. Click here to RSVP.

 


Wednesday, February 9 at 12 p.m.: Somatic Soul Integration (Virtual)

Experience an embodiment practice that explores the living moving parts of our body through the art of breath work, mindful movement, and dance. Somatic Soul Integration supports the collective on the journey to self-actualization by healing mind, body, spirit and soul. Using a playful body-oriented focus, you will learn about the habits we hold around safety and connection and how they shape our present moment experiences. This 90-minute stress-relieving workshop is designed to make you feel safe in your body and connected to the source of wellness. The workshop will be led by Misty Powell, a psychologist, Wholistic Reiki Healer and certified yoga instructor. Click here to RSVP.

 


Saturday, February 12 at 10 a.m.: Somatic Soul Integration (Virtual)

Experience an embodiment practice that explores the living moving parts of our body through the art of breath work, mindful movement, and dance. Somatic Soul Integration supports the collective on the journey to self-actualization by healing mind, body, spirit and soul. Using a playful body-oriented focus, you will learn about the habits we hold around safety and connection and how they shape our present moment experiences. This 90-minute stress-relieving workshop is designed to make you feel safe in your body and connected to the source of wellness. The workshop will be led by Misty Powell, a psychologist, Wholistic Reiki Healer and certified yoga instructor. Click here to RSVP.

 


Tuesday, February 15 at 12 p.m.: TikTok Dance Class with Choreographer and Dancer Jamal Josef (Virtual)

Join us for a class on the latest and most popular TikTok dance moves with celebrity choreographer and dancer Jamal Josef. Click here to RSVP.

 


Thursday, February 17 from 12-2 p.m.: Paint and Sip  

Join us for a therapeutic Black History-themed painting session while sipping on a non-alcoholic beverage at Virginia Avenue Park. The class will be led by artist Nicole K. Click here to RSVP. 

 


Thursday, February 17 - Wednesday, February 23: Black History Month Exhibits at Bergamot 

The City, Building Bridges Art Exchange and the Quinn Research Center are partnering to display exhibits at the Building Bridges Art Exchange at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2. Additionally, the other galleries at Bergamot will feature online or on-site exhibits throughout the month. The City is also working the Library, City staff, local schools and the Building Bridges Art Exchange to collect student art to display.

 


Saturday, February 19 at 2 p.m.: Reception and Black History-Themed Art Walk at Bergamot

The City and Building Bridges Art Exchange are partnering to host a reception at the Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2, to highlight the exhibits. The reception will include refreshments followed by a self-guided tour of galleries displaying Black History-themed exhibits. Click here to RSVP.

 


Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m.: Celebrating Black Excellence Community Awards (Virtual)

The City will hold a virtual awards ceremony honoring Black professionals in Santa Monica for outstanding leadership and service. The event will also showcase South African dance performances featuring celebrity choreographers and dancers Lindiwe Rose and Jamal Josef. Click here to RSVP.

 


The City's Black History Month Committee is accepting nominations for professionals who will be honored. Nominees must live or work in Santa Monica. The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2022. Click here to submit nominations.

 


Saturday, February 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Black History Greens Festival 

Join Virginia Avenue Park, the Parent Connection Group, and the Library in a celebration of Black History Month with the annual Greens Festival at Virginia Avenue Park. This year's theme is Celebrating Black California History. Additional details will be posted to this page as the event draws near.

 


Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m.: Paint and Sip

Join us for a therapeutic Black History-themed painting session while sipping on a non-alcoholic beverage at Virginia Avenue Park. The class will be led by educator La Shaunn Spivey-Angeletti. Please note that space is limited. Click here to RSVP

 

These events are sponsored by Health Net, LLC. 

 

 

In addition to participating in the City of Santa Monica's Black History Month event programming, we encourage you to browse Santa Monica's Black-owned businesses page to discover local entrepreneurs to support and visit the City's equity page featuring information about the Black Agenda for Santa Monica and the newly formed Santa Monica Black Lives Association, a nonprofit organization formed by Black community leaders.

 

 


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