Cheekwood will soon debut its inaugural African American Cultural Family Celebration, featuring a weekend of activities highlighting contributions to the visual and performing arts.

The festivities will take place Saturday, Aug. 14, and Sunday, Aug. 15, with live musical performances by Brassville, Jason Eskridge, Lauren McClinton and Bryant Taylorr.

“I have enjoyed working with fellow community leaders on Cheekwood’s inaugural event celebrating Black history and culture,” Brenda Corbin, co-chair of the African American Cultural Family Celebration Advisory Committee, said in a news release. “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.”

In the museum, visitors will learn about the renowned Nashville artist and first Black artist to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, William Edmondson, with special tours and panel discussions on the exhibition “The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments and Stonework.”

“I am thrilled that Cheekwood is making an intentional effort to engage and welcome Nashville’s Black community,” Rita Mitchell, co-chair of the event’s advisory committee, said in the release. “It is our hope that the African American Cultural Family Celebration will become a legacy event and introduce a more diverse audience to Cheekwood while sharing pieces of the African American experience with all who visit.”

The day will also feature art activities, local food trucks and bar stations.

Complimentary tickets are being distributed through community partners for those without means.

For more information on the African American Cultural Family Celebration, visit cheekwood.org.

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