1. Governor's Mansion Black History Month Tours - February 4 and 14
Governor's Mansion - 504 15th Ave SE, Olympia
In partnership with members of the Thurston County Black community, the Governor’s Mansion Foundation (GMF) is recognizing the 2024 Black History Month theme “African Americans and the Arts.” During the one-hour tour, local Black artists, whose works are on display in the mansion’s gallery, will be showcased along with short performances of poetry and music. Make reservations online via the mansion tour request form. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Each tour is open to 25 guests and spots fill up fast.
2. Olympia Black History Month Celebration - February 15, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at SPSCC
2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia
This free event put on by The Hawk Foundation for Research and Education in African Culture, in partnership with the City of Olympia and Olympia School District celebrates Black history and heritage with presenters, music and food.
3. Art Reception Honoring African Americans and the Arts - February 26, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Washington State Executive Mansion - 504 15th Ave SW, Olympia 98501
In recognition of the 2024 Theme of Black History Month, “African Americans and the Arts," the Governor’s Mansion Foundation is inviting you to an evening reception on February 26, 2024 honoring Black Washington artists Barbara Earl Thomas, and Hiawatha D, also Jacob Lawrence whose works are featured in the Mansion. Guests will also enjoy the music of Carl Ratcliffe on the piano. Join us for this “Celebration of Excellence" at the Governor's Mansion in Olympia, Washington.
Appetizers and Washington wines will be served, the WOW Gallery will be selling Hiawatha D's work and other gifts. Dressy attire.
4. Inspiration and Celebration of Artists of Color - February 1 - 29
Hands On Children’s Museum
414 Jefferson Street NE Olympia
Every day in February, kids can head to the Art Studio at the Hands On Children’s Museum to celebrate and be inspired by Artists of Color for Black History Month in Olympia. One activity is Shaping History, where kids can participate in clay sculpting and drawing inspiration. Another activity, Shared Stories Bookmaking, teaches kids how books are made and then they can write their own!
5. Self-Guided Olympia Area Black Pioneers Walking Tour
A great activity for the whole family that you can do whenever it is convenient for you is the Olympia Historical Society & Bigelow House Museum’s Olympia Area Black Pioneers walking tour. It’s self-guided, so all you have to do is download the free walking tour map and follow along. The brochure includes 11 sites of interest with maps, Blacks in Thurston County early census data, and information about important People of Color in Olympia’s history.
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