Cheekwood African American Cultural Family Celebration has something for everyone

The Shindellas perform Saturday, August 14 at 2pm at Cheekwood.

As reported here in the PRIDE on July 23, Cheekwood debuts its inaugural African American Cultural Family Celebration on August 14 and 15, 2021, featuring a weekend of activities, highlighting both the visual and performing arts. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about Nashville’s esteemed William Edmondson, with special lectures and curator-led tours, enjoy music from local Black musicians, and sample tasty fare from local food trucks. There is an array of unique wellness programs that encompass the mind, body and spirit. This is in conjunction with the opening of “The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stonework” exhibition. We will present a complete overview of the exhibition next week.

Timed tickets to the event are as follows: Not-yet Members: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors (65+), $16 College Student, $13 Youth (3-17), Children 2 and Under are free. Members: Free. Tickets are “Gardens & Mansion Access” tickets and provide access to all 55 acres of outdoor space at Cheekwood and buildings including: 13 Distinct Botanical Gardens, Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden, Frist Learning Center with art installations and Historic Stable, Café 29, Garden Gift Shop, Botanic Hall, and TRAINS.Also included is  Access to the Historic Mansion & Museum, including the Museum Gift Shop, Period Rooms and Art Galleries and FREE Parking. Please note that parking is limited and is offered on a first-come, first serve basis. Reserve yours now at: https://cheekwood.org/aacfc-tickets/

To ensure everyone is able to enjoy this weekend celebration at Cheekwood, a limited number of complimentary tickets are being distributed. To request these tickets, please fill out the form on the cheekwood AACFC webpage: https://cheekwood.org/african-american-cultural-family-celebration-ticket-request/

Cheekwood is offering complimentary shuttle transportation by Gray Line Tennessee from Edgehill Community Memorial Garden on Saturday, August 14 from Edgehill Community Memorial Garden, 1409 12th Avenue South, beginning at 9:30 AM. Last pick-up at 1:30 PM and last return shuttle will depart Cheekwood at 4 PM.

Here is the complete schedule of activities for the weekend:

Saturday, August 14

Main Stage – Arboretum Lawn —-  10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Lauren McClinton; 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | Jason Eskridge; 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM | Bryant Taylorr; and 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM | The Shindellas

Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden Stage —- 10:00 AM | Barbara Higgins-Bond reads Lorraine: The Girl Who Sang the Storm Away and discusses her illustration process; 11:00 AM | Storytime; 12:00 PM | Spoken Word with Southern Word; 1:30 PM | Spoken Word with Southern Word.

Bradford Robertson Color Garden —- 3:00 PM | African drumming with Sankofa Drum & Dance

Massey Auditorium —- 10:30 AM | Panel Discussion: William Edmondson’s Nashville, Moderated by Marin Sullivan, Featuring Prof. Learotha Williams (Tennessee State University), Maria Magdalena Campos Pons (Vanderbilt University), and Jamaal Sheats (Fisk University). 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Conversation with the Curator — Join Marin Sullivan, chief curator of The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stonework, for an opportunity to ask questions and to learn more about the pieces on display.

Historic Mansion & Museum Recreation Room —- 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | View an excerpt from Chipping Away: The Life and Legacy of Sculptor William Edmondson, a documentary covering his life and work.

Frist Learning Center Great Hall —- 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Spoken Art with Rita and Brittany Mitchell, Affirmation Stations in Great Hall, video in Hill Room.

Frist Learning Center Bradford Room —- 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Portrait Photography with DaShawn Lewis and Kim Manson *Advance registration required

Frist Learning Center Crumbo Studios —- 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Block Printing with Ashley Seay

*Advance registration required

Beer Garden —- 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Mural Painting Community Project & Model Magic Garden Creatures.

Food Trucks – Lot B —- That’s My Dawg, The Tasty Wheel, The Radical Rabbit.

Bar Stations —-  Perfectly Cordial signature cocktails and mocktails

Sunday, August 15

In the Galleries —- 9:30 AM | Sound Bath Meditation with Jo-Jo Jackson *Advance registration required.  11:00 AM | Docent-led Tours of The Sculpture of William Edmondson: Tombstones, Garden Ornaments, and Stonework.

Main Stage – Arboretum Lawn —- 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Larysa Jaye; 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM | Mike Hicks; 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM | Mr. Talk Box; 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM | Brassville.

Bradford Robertson Color Garden —- 2:25 PM | African drumming with Sankofa Drum & Dance

Historic Mansion & Museum Recreation Room —- 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | View an excerpt from Chipping Away: The Life and Legacy of Sculptor William Edmondson, a documentary covering his life and work.

Massey Auditorium —- 1:30 PM | Panel Discussion

Frist Learning Center Great Hall —- 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Spoken Art with Rita and Brittany Mitchell,

Affirmation Stations in Great Hall, video in Hill Room.

Beer Garden —- 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Creative Girls Rock, flower head bands, hands-on activities, & Model Magic Garden Creatures.

Food Trucks – Lot B —- That’s My Dawg, The Tasty Wheel, The Radical Rabbit, Rolled 4Ever, Cupcake Collection.

Bar Stations —- Perfectly Cordial signature cocktails and mocktails.

For more details please visit: https://cheekwood.org/calendar/african-american-cultural-family-celebration/

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