Join us for a fun-filled story time at the Blanche Ely House Museum! Story lovers of all ages can stop by with a parent or guardian to hear a story, participate in a short story-based activity and enjoy a healthy snack. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
Thanks to a grant from FAB! - Funding Arts Broward and Broward County, the Gold Coast Jazz Society is bringing this free jazz community outreach concert to Pompano Beach featuring members of the Gold Coast Jazz Society Band and Music Director Martin Hand. The concert will feature jazz standards and music from the Great American Songbook.
Every second Sunday, Soulful Sundays features South Florida’s top performers and bands in various genres ranging from Soul, R&B, Neo Soul, Blues to Jazz and Funk. Merging local and national artist, organizations and vendors, this program creates an unforgettable monthly musical experience that enriches as well as celebrates the history and culture of the African American community in Pompano Beach.
Food is universally at the heart of community events, ceremonies and traditions. The Ely’s understood the practical importance of developing the culinary skills of their students and made food services a part of the Home Economics curriculum.
They also understood the power of food to evoke pride, build comradery and create a sense of place. As a result they incorporated food into many annual celebrations.
The Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department will kick off Black History Month at the Blanche Ely House Museum with Homegrown: Recipe Exchange and Food Tasting! This community centered project relies on community-engagement to develop a collection of recipes, stories and photographs representative of the memories and traditions that have shaped the communal practice of preparing and sharing food in Pompano’s Northwest Community.
Participants will be encouraged to enjoy a tour of CEREMONY the Blanche Ely House Museum’s exhibition before networking with friends and family on the patio to sample traditional cuisines rooted in the diversity of Pompano’s cultural heritage. Collected recipes and remembrances will become the basis for a community cookbook
Journalist, author, oral historian, media producer and professional singer, Dr. Kitty Oliver, Ph.D. will present An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored Memories, a professionally-performed cabaret performance of inspirational jazz vocals (with musical director/accompanist) and stories that trace the common journey of native-born Americans and immigrants as we adapt to life moving from segregation to integration to multicultural diversity in the international arena. This innovative “Race and Change” program has family-friendly appeal to audiences across races, ethnicities, cultures and generations using music and storytelling to relate history to the present and bringing together people across cultures for an inspirational, entertaining event.
The African headdress can be traced back to the Nubian empire and ancient Egypt where priests and the nobility adorned themselves with intricate head wraps. This art form has experienced a resurgence in popularity in contemporary culture. Join us for two hours of creativity, great conversation, and culture during this interactive workshop! Enjoy step-by-step instruction and live demonstration of head wrap styling techniques and their cultural significance.
This concert is a tribute to the jazz legend Louis Armstrong. Armstrong, also known as Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, was an American trumpeter, composer, vocalist and actor who was among the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s, and different eras in the history of jazz. Troy Anderson got his first taste for music while growing up in a Bahamian family filled with musicians. At the age of 10, he began playing the trumpet and went on to perform in the Florida Sunshine Band and the Gospel Sounds before being introduced to the world of the drum and bugle corps in school.
Lyrics Lab is a unique, no-ego, open-mic night every 3rd Wednesday of the month. Get up and share or just kick back and have a cocktail while enjoying some incredible performance art in one of Pompano Beach’s premier cultural arts spaces! Bring your latest work- poems, verse, songs, lyrics, jokes, stories, and beats to share with renowned hosts and poets, accompanied by our two-piece house band. Interested in performing? Arrive early to get your name on the list!
The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to introduce Live on the Set, an interactive event that brings the art, artist, and audience together in a night filled with dialogue and candid conversation. Live on the Set will debut with actor and comedian, Jimmie “JJ” Walker who will recount his memories of his role as JJ “Kid Dyn-o-mite” Evans on the groundbreaking sitcom, Good Times. Along with The Jeffersons, Good Times was one of first television sitcoms featuring a mostly Black cast to appear on television. Join us in a family friendly environment where we explore the legacy of incredible Black Television for Black History Month. *Children under 12 free
We hope you’re ready for a good laugh! Join us for a night of fun, and good vibes, at another installment of Pompano Stand Up Live, we are celebrating iconic black television with a double Headliner event showcasing Jimmie “JJ” Walker of Good Times and Michael Winslow of the hit movie Police Academy who are sure to keep you in a state of nostalgia and laughter!
The night will boast concessions, a full bar and good times! So bring a friend, enjoy a cocktail and get ready for Pompano Stand Up Live!
This event may not be appropriate for patrons under 18 years old, all patrons must have a ticket and there is a 2 drink Minimum.
African American Women Changemakers is an educational exhibition featuring over 30 photographs of African American women educators, activists, and artists from the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Three of Pompano Beach’s very own changemakers: Esther Rolle, Blanche Ely and Florence Ali are included in this exhibition. Other changemakers include: Fannie Lou Hamer, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Althea Gibson, Susie King Taylor, Angela Davis, Nannie Helen Burroughs, Barbara Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, Mary Church Terrell, Rosa Parks, Sojourner Truth, Maria ‘Molly’ Baldwin, Phyllis Wheathy and Harriet Tubman.
Montage: This film series is a program designed to link communities and people through the art of filmmaking and culture. Montage returns for its 2020 season in celebration of Black History Month.
We will be screening & having a community discussion on Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon. African Americans historically embraced the medium as a way to subvert popular stereotypes as far back as the Civil War era, with Frederick Douglass photographed in a suit and black soldiers posing proudly in their uniforms.
These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals. Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by photo historian Deborah Willis, the film features the works of esteemed photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others.
Join us for a special evening at The Ali Cultural Arts Center in celebration of Pompano’s Northwest Community’s African American Entrepreneurs. This dinner event is centered on celebrating local business owners of the past through the present. Limited tickets are available. Honorees include black-owned businesses that have endured many economic and historical plights yet continue to provide for their families and the surrounding community.
Black-tie affair honoring Agents of Change who have made a difference in our community. Meet & Greet 6:30pm - 7:00pm • Program begins promptly at 7:00pm
This event honors William F. Boynton who grew up in Ocala, Fla. and eventually a revered teacher at Blanche Ely High School and football coach. The event is a 5K route that is being staged at the E. Pat Larkin Community Center, 520 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Pompano Beach.
This free event features an exhibit honoring the pioneers of the Collier City neighborhood. A Trail Blazer is a person who makes a new track through a wild country, an extraordinary person who is noteworthy and a pioneer innovator and trendsetter.
This street festival features a full day of entertainment, music, art displays, cultural foods, vendors & Kids Zone. Ball Greezy, the chart-topping Miami rapper who has collaborated with music icons including Flo Rida, Pitbull and DJ Khaled, will be bringing his party anthems and introspective meditations to this year’s free community celebration. The Tiger Trail Festival was founded in 1995 by the Blanche Ely High School Class of 1970 to promote family, fun and community pride. The event will feature live music, food, art, vendors and a kid zone.
This concert at the Pompano Beach Amphitheater features John P. Kee with special guest Marvin Sapp and Sensere.Tickets are available for purchase on Ticketmaster.com.
This month’s activity will celebrate the work of prominent Black/African-American poets like Claude McKay, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Phillis Wheatley, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou, Wole Soyinka. Participants will create their own works influenced by these greats!
Join Derek T. Davis as he guides you into the world of the Ely Family while you are enjoying your lunch! Experience a unique cultural experience that teaches Pompano Beach history and focuses on the people who made a difference in the community. Get inspired by this monthly event that will features informational lectures that unlock a piece of the past that may change the future. Guests are invited to bring their lunch, and a friend.
Nourish your creative side with a break from the break room! Bring your lunch and enjoy at tables set up in the galleries. Various art projects each week. Class is limited to 20 students. This month’s visual arts projects will focus on a wide variety of African American topics.
Gees Bend Quilt Collages
Moonscapes, honoring Dr. Mae Jemison
Painting Challenge: Abstract Art-Alma Woodsey Thomas
Narrative Collage: Faith Ringgold
Take a break from your day, bring your lunch and let music soothe your soul! These informative and relaxing sessions will introduce you to various forms of music, followed by a group discussion. Each melody becomes an escape from the daily stresses of life and reminds us how music is a universal language that we can all understand. Guests are invited to bring their lunch and a friend. Light refreshments are available.
There is a common thread that binds us together whether one realizes it or not. Gabriel believes we have the ability to unlock its full potential, despite of the complexity of the issues, by incessantly finding ways to mend our differences. Consequently, the artist has been using most of his paintings as a means to keep the dialogue alive on matters that continue to weaken that thread. Through his work, Gabriel hopes to engage individuals in a way that opens up their mind to an unfiltered world where they are compelled to pause and deeply reflect on the subject matter during the viewing and beyond.
Installation artist Ya La’ford, best known for her signature use of wall-to-wall recurring geometric patterns, returns to South Florida. La’ford activates the exhibition space at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center with a large-scale installation to debut new virtual reality installations along with geometric sculptures relishing in abstract forms, imagery and reflections. The Vantage Point exhibit will feature a new selection of imposing, welded-steel geometric installations, corresponding to the twin mural installation culminating from La’ford one-year Pompano Beach arts residency. The exhibition also includes several illustrative works on canvas, which La’Ford relates to the realized and theoretical manifestations of visual compositions that provide viewers with an encounter of coded languages in geometric form.