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4th Annual Chattanooga Festival Of Black Arts & Ideas: Juneteenth Independence Day


June 13, 2021


Chattanooga, TN


With a commitment to celebrating the extraordinary contributions of artists of African descent, the annual festival presents a slate of work showcasing the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film and literature at varies locations throughout Chattanooga.

This multi-disciplinary festival aims to spotlight emerging and established Black artists and build greater community awareness of the diversity of Black arts within Chattanooga, Hamilton County and the World.

The festival is also dedicated to providing opportunities for discussions on topics that connect Black arts to other areas in the community.

CFBA&I is a multi-day festival of Performances, Visual Art Exhibitions, Food, Crafts, Vendors and Discussions Panels.

Elizabeth Catlett Visual Arts Exhibition:
Monday, June 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Keeody Gallery, 756 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
On Saturday, June 12th please join us for a meet and greet reception and panel discussion with the CFBA&I’s 2021 featured artist Joseph Forson and other local Black artist. The exhibit will open on May 29th and run through June 26th at Keeody Gallery, 756 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. and Proof Bar, 422 E Martin Luther King Blvd. Chattanooga. Check-out Joseph’s work in the windows of EPB at the corner of MLK and Market.

Oscar Micheaux Black Film​ Festival:
: Every Friday from June 4th – June 25th
9:00 PM – 12 Midnight
: Community Haven, 815 North Hickory Street
In partnership with Community Haven, Micheaux Black film festival will kick-off at 9:00 pm on June 4th and continue on every Friday night through June 25th with various Black films and documentaries. This is a free event and open the public.

Scratching Your Roots:
Saturday, June 19
: Chattanooga State Community College
10:00 AM - 12:00 noon
A Black Genealogy Workshop hosted by former Tennessee State Representative Joanne Favors. 

Juneteenth Independence Day: 
Saturday, June 19
3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
815 North Hickory in East Chattanooga
We always begins this celebration with a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by a notable Black Chattanoogan. This year’s reader will be Chattanooga City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod. Together we all sing the Negro National Athem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing". The Celebration will continue with professionally staged musical performances, tailgating, spoken word, field games, and a DJ dance party. Ole School, New Schools and ALL Schools; frats and sorors. Whose got the best potato salad, BBQ (NO PORK) and banana pudding? Bring your lawn chairs, coolers, grills, tents and stay all day. Arts and Black business vendors will be present. This event is Free and open to the public

Black Dads Matter Father's Day Jazz Brunch Cruise:
Sunday, June 20
Boarding at 1:30 PM with the boat departing at 2:00 pm
Chattanooga Riverboat: 151 Riverfront Pkwy-Pier 2
This year’s event has moved to the river. Join us as we celebrate our Black Dads on Father’s Day. Enjoy a Roast Beef or Chicken dinner as you sway to the soulful jazz sounds of Dexter Bell and friends featuring Jackie Ramsey. We will announce this years “Outstanding Dad of the Year”.

This is a ticketed event: Adults $35 each and children under 13 years old $10 each.

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