Events

Sunday, February 05, 2023 at 02:00 PM
Durand-Hedden House, 523 Ridgewood Rd., Maplewood

Exploring African American Genealogy

Exploring African American Genealogy

Sponsored by the Durand-Hedden House & Garden and the SOMA Community Coalition on Race

Presentation: African American Genealogy: The Joy of Discovery

With Barbara Velazquez

Join Barbara Velazquez as she shares her journey of ancestral discovery. Researching African American roots can be challenging, but it can also be immensely rewarding.  It's also an effortless way to develop critical thinking, patience, persistence, and problem-solving skills.  Mine is a joyful though sometimes frustrating adventure of exploration. She'll share the hacks she has learned, how she opened new doors through DNA connections, contacting and meeting new family members, a gift from lady luck, and a surprise distant relative. 

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Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 02:00 PM
DeHart Center, 120 Burnet Ave., Maplewood

In Search of Our Ancestors: How to Conduct Effective African American Genealogical Research

Workshop

In Search of Our Ancestors: How to Conduct Effective African American Genealogical Research

With Genealogist Janice Gilyard

African American Genealogy research may be challenging but it is not impossible to locate your ancestors in historical record sets. During this workshop, you will learn the genealogy and DNA skills necessary to research, document, share, and preserve your family history. Janice will also provide successful case studies and share how she traced her family back to the 1700s using a variety of records and online resources. Your ancestors are waiting to be found in historical records by you!

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Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 03:00 PM

Deconstructing Racism Workshop Series


Monday, March 06, 2023 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 USD

Integrated Art Circle 1: PAINTED STONE PATH

CIRCLE 1 PAINTED STONE PATH ARTIST: Roberta Melzl

Four Mondays 6:00 PM – 8:00PM March 6 – March 27

Build connections as the group formulates a shared vision in creating a designed path using painted stones as the material. The painted stone path will be located in the Maplewood/South Orange community, easily accessible to public viewing. This will be a fun, creative workshop where no experience is necessary. 

NOTE: Circle sessions are FREE, with a refundable $15 registration fee required. Registration fees will be refunded pending class participation. Please contact Audrey Rowe at [email protected], if this presents a hardship.

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Monday, April 03, 2023 at 06:00 PM

Integrated Art Circle 2 OPERA ENRICHMENT

CIRCLE 2 OPERA Enrichment ARTIST: Lori Brown Mirabal Four Mondays 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM April 3– April 24

This multifaceted course begins with an intriguing recounting of the history and essentials of opera through the unique lens of racial diversity. Together, participants will view, listen to and discuss operas written and performed by diverse composers and artists. This knowledge will be used to create and present personal Life-Poems set to music. No singing is required at all.

NOTE: Circle sessions are FREE, with a refundable $15 registration fee required. Registration fees will be refunded pending class participation. Please contact Audrey Rowe at [email protected], if this presents a hardship.
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Saturday, May 06, 2023 at 10:00 AM · $15.00 USD

Integrated Art Circle 3 THEATRICAL IMPROVISATION

CIRCLE 3 THEATRICAL IMPROVISATION ARTIST: Clark Jackson Four Saturdays 10:00 AM – 12 Noon May 6 – May 27

Are you ready to try Improv? Through this experience, you will work with an award-winning actor and educator to play theatre games, learn acting basics, make new friends, build group trust and work on scenes for performance.

NOTE: Circle sessions are FREE, with a refundable $15 registration fee required. Registration fees will be refunded pending class participation. Please contact Audrey Rowe at [email protected], if this presents a hardship
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Tuesday, June 06, 2023 at 06:30 PM · $15.00 USD

Integrated Art Circle 4 MOSAIC PROJECT

CIRCLE 4 MOSAIC PROJECT ARTIST: Sandra Charlap Four Tuesdays 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM June 6 – June 27

DESCRIPTION: Our circle will translate our vision of DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) into a fantastic array of color and sparkle using glass tile to create a mosaic that will be displayed in our community permanently. You will learn how to use a wide range of materials, adhesives, and grouts for installation.

NOTE: Circle sessions are FREE, with a refundable $15 registration fee required. Registration fees will be refunded pending class participation. Please contact Audrey Rowe at [email protected], if this presents a hardship
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Saturday, July 01, 2023 at 05:00 PM

Integrated Art Circle 5 LEARN TO JUGGLE

CIRCLE 5 LEARN TO JUGGLE ARTIST: Sandra Leith Four Thursdays 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM July 1 – July 6

Here’s your chance to release that inner child and learn the most basic circus trick of all-- juggling. We will focus on juggling patterns, and also touch on the history of juggling and how it happens in different countries. Our class will end with a group showcase, demonstrating team and individual juggling skills.

NOTE: Circle sessions are FREE, with a refundable $15 registration fee required. Registration fees will be refunded pending class participation. Please contact Audrey Rowe at [email protected], if this presents a hardship
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Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 06:00 PM · $15.00 USD

Integrated Art Circle 6 Public Mural

CIRCLE 6 PUBLIC MURAL ARTIST: Roberta Melzl Four Mondays 6:00 PM – 8:00PM Sept. 16 – Sept. 27

Build connections as the group formulates a shared vision and decides which materials work best for the mural that will be create, and then publicly displayed in the SOMA/MapSo community. No experience is necessary –only enthusiasm, collaboration, and a willingness to learn.

NOTE: Circle sessions are FREE, with a refundable $15 registration fee required. Registration fees will be refunded pending class participation. Please contact Audrey Rowe at [email protected], if this presents a hardship
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Saturday, October 07, 2023 at 11:00 AM · $15.00 USD

Integrated Art Circle 7 JOURNEY TO PERCUSSION/SHEKERE

CIRCLE 7 JOURNEY TO PERCUSSION/SHEKERE ARTIST: Ahmondylla Best Four Saturdays 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Oct. 7 – Oct. 28

Learning to play the this beaded gourd instrument known as a shekere can take you on a journey of percussion ranging from exhilaration to meditation. Participants will explore traditional rhythms, tone, tempo, improvisation and composition as a group and in solo performance.

NOTE: Circle sessions are FREE, with a refundable $15 registration fee required. Registration fees will be refunded pending class participation. Please contact Audrey Rowe at [email protected], if this presents a hardship
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