The Art of Freedom: A Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth is a celebration of abolition, Black freedom, Black joy, Black history, and Black futures. This year’s event will be centered around Black joy, Black resistance, and Black rest. We will begin the event with a commemorative march for Black lives, a rose memorial, and a moment of silence. We will then move into live performances, giveaways, art-making, workshops, roller skating, and an interactive kids zone.

The University of Minnesota will host its second annual Juneteenth Celebration block party and commemorative march in North Minneapolis on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from noon to 6 pm. This free event – centering on the theme of The Art of Freedom: Joy. Resistance. Rest. – will feature Black vendors, speakers, workshops, poster showcases, storytellers, musicians, performers, DJs, roller skating, books, free food, free haircuts, art-making, a bouncy house, a petting zoo, and more. The event will begin with a commemorative march, which will start at noon and leave from the University’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). The march will end where the outdoor block party will take place (1-6 pm). This event, led by Professor Terresa Moses, is presented by the Office for Equity and Diversity and the College of Design.

Vendor, organization, workshop, and poster showcase proposals are no longer being accepted, the deadline of March 31 has passed and the applications have been closed. Thank you for your inquiry.


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