Join WBTT as we celebrate Juneteenth at the second annual
Juneteenth Arts Festival, Sunday, June 16, 2024!

For the second year, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will present the Juneteenth Arts Festival on our campus (1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota). The free event takes place on Sunday, June 16 from 12:00 - 6:30 PM. This year's feature film is "Into The Storm'' (the documentary about Booker High School's 1966-67 state championship basketball team), which will be shown in WBTT's Donelly Theatre. There will be additional short films from Ringling College students, and art on display as part of an exhibit that begins at WBTT on June 1. Vendors will be present and live performances will be going on throughout the day, including a dance presentation by Monessa Salley from Sarasota Contemporary Dance and musical numbers by WBTT's Stage of Discovery students. A free performance of WBTT's summer production, "Coconut Cake," will round out the festival experience; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. 

FESTIVAL HIGHTLIGHTS INCLUDE: 

Performers

Monessa Salley; Dance

Fethiou Thiossane; African Drums 

Onia Jazz Quartet

Matt Mykel

Stage of Discovery Students

Headlining performance by some of your favorite WBTT performing artists

Food Vendors/Food Truck*:

Nun Better BBQ

G's Southern Kitchen

Vendors*:

"What's Poppin Penny?" 

Smooth Jazz Enterprise

Tumblr Studio Co

Unique Bijouterie

Jolon Baths Body Creations

Cocoa Cowrie

V Glitz By Versatility 

Georgetta Bundley Arts

Osa Atoe Ceramics 

Pretty Ram - Art 

GlamItUpSis 

Scavengers Oasis Massage therapy

*The list will be updated as more vendors are added. 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE STAGE

12:30 – 1:00 PM – Monessa Salley

1:00 – 1:30 PM Official Welcome

1:30 – 2:15 PM Onia Jazz Quartet

2:30 – 3:00PM – Break

3:00 – 3:30 PM – Fethiou Thiossane African Drums

3:30 – 4:00 PM - Stage Of Discovery Performers

4:00 – 4:30 Break

4:30 – 5:00 PM – Matt Mykel

5:00 – 6:00 PM – WBTT Musical Performance

THE DONELLY THEATRE 

12:00 – 12:30 PM – “The Gift”

2:30 – 4:00 – “Into The Storm”

4:00 – 4:30 – “The Gift”

HOWARD J. MILLMAN BLACKBOX THEATRE 

1:30 – 2:30 PM – 1ST Shorts Rotation

2:30 - 3:00 PM - “What’s Poppin Penny” – Favorite Father Daughter Day Ever! Podcast premiere.

3:00 – 4:00 PM – 2ND Shorts Rotation

4:00 - 5:00 PM – 3RD Shorts Rotation

BINZ BUILDING

First Room

Juneteenth Arts Festival Gallery

Second Room

Round Tables – Eating Area/Cooling Area

Third Room

Mankind Barbershop

JUNETEENTH ARTS FESTIVAL ART EXHIBITION VIEWING SCHEDULE

The exhibition features these artists:  

Jewel Teiko Eklu - "The Aperture of Fate and Fortune"

Michael Kinsey - "The Backstage Series"

Georgetta Bundley - "Reimaging Beauty"

Osa Atoe - "Reclaiming Our Heritage, One Pot at a Time"

 Viewing Schedule:

June 1st - June 9th: 12:00 - 7:00pm

June 10th - June 15th: 05:00 - 7:00pm

June 16th: 12:30 - 6:00pm

 

The Festival is FREE and tickets are not necessary.