Join WBTT as we celebrate Juneteenth with our first Juneteenth Arts Festival,

Sunday, June 18, 2023!

Throughout the day, we will be hosting local organizations, businesses, performers, and filmmakers to partake in a communal sharing of art and culture, while also celebrating our rich history. Films from local filmmakers as well as students from Ringling College of Art and Design will be screened in our Howard J. Millman Blackbox Theatre. We will also have live music, with a feature performance by WBTT artists Ariel Blue, Raleigh Mosely II, and Derric Gobourne Jr.

This open-house type event will feature vendors from 1 – 6pm; live performances and short films from 1:30 – 6:30pm and screenings of the feature film Playing Through  in The Donelly Theatre.

The Festival is FREE and tickets are not necessary. 


 Film Shorts Showing in the Howard J. Millman Blackbox Theatre - Rotations Starting at 1:00 PM

  • Goddesses of the Now - Directed by Toneice Evans 
  • Panther Jr. - Directed by Jayde Dauley 
  • Rebound - Directed by Zach Grzymala 
  • Contagious Swagger - Directed by CJ Callins, Jr. 
  • Spare Me - Directed by Will Mauricette 
  • Kelvin McKnight Jr. - Directed by Marquis Dawsey 
  • Killer Date Night - Directed by Michael Kinsey  

Films playing in Donelly Theatre

  • 1:00 PM- This Light of Mine - Produced by Danny Bruno and WEDU
  • 2:30 (available - no ticket needed) & 7:00 PM (not available) - Playing Through (feature) - Directed by Balbinka Korzeniowska 

Performers on the Courtyard Stage

  • 1:30 – 2:00 PM: Monessa Salley + Natalie Aceves 
  • 2:00 – 2:20 PM: Juneteenth Welcome
  • 3:00  3:30 PM: Stage of Discovery Performance
  • 4:00 – 4:30 PM: Melanie Lavender, Eric Morris, Whitney Mays 
  • 5:00 – 5:30 PM: Astrid McIntyre 
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM  FEATURED PERFORMERS: R.A.D.

Food Trucks and Vendors

  • G's Southern Kitchen
  • Nunn Better BBQ & Catering, LLC
  • SWOLL Camp
  • Unique Bijouterie
  • V Glitz - Paparazzi Accessories 
  • Lavender Hands Spa
  • KB in Bloom
  • More to come!

Presenting Sponsors - Dona & Sam Scott 

Co-Sponsors - Dr. Donald and Doris Johnson and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The screenings of Playing Through are free through the generosity of its filmmaker, Curtis Jordan and a generous festival sponsorship by The Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 

Thank you to our media sponsors Tempo News and Sarasota Herald Tribune and to WEDU!

Performers, movies, vendors and times subject to change.

Community Foundation of Sarasota