Free Community Day | Juneteenth

Juneteenth at the NBMAA
Juneteenth at the NBMAA
Juneteenth at the NBMAA
Juneteenth at the NBMAA
Juneteenth at the NBMAA
Juneteenth at the NBMAA
Juneteenth at the NBMAA
Juneteenth at the NBMAA


Free Community Day | Juneteenth

Mark your calendars for the NBMAA’s 22nd annual Juneteenth celebration!

Join us on this day-long event, featuring artistic performances, music, in-gallery experiences, and of course art-making. Shop from local Black-owned businesses, support independent artists, and grab a bite from regional food trucks. 

The forecast calls for rain, but we are thrilled to announce that there is plenty of room inside our spacious Museum to host this weekend's Juneteenth Celebration INDOORS! Stay safe and dry while you and your family celebrate Juneteenth with live music, fantastic food, and lots and lots of shopping—ALL INSIDE the Museum!


Stage Schedule: (Stanley Works Center)

11 a.m.-12 p.m. 

  • Shop from our ShopBlackCT Vendors Market with music by DJ MDot

12-1 p.m.

  • Raising of the Juneteenth Flag
  • Singing of the Black National Anthem by Ben Righter
  • Nzinga's Daughters

1-2 p.m.

  • Ysanne
  • Dance Legacy

2-3 p.m.

  • Simone & The Score
  • Dance Legacy
  • Ben Righter

3-4 p.m.

  • Dance Legacy
  • Yellie B
  • Tang Sauce


Other Happenings:

11 a.m.

  • The Black Matriarchs Series | Meet & Hear from Elizabeth Nkonoki-Ward and Lisa Nkonoki (Sylvia Bonney Halcyon Lounge)

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • ShopBlackCT Vendors Market (Low Illustration Gallery & P.B. Stanley Gallery)
  • Juneteenth Art Activity | Paper Lanterns (Makerspace)

1 p.m.

  • Drop-In Tour | Black Artists in the Permanent Collection (Meet in Lobby)
  • Live Art Demo by James D'Amore (Studio B)

2 p.m.

  • Live Art Demo by Alexander Ogbonna (Studio B)

3 p.m.

  • Art Demonstration with Anthony Figueroa (Studio B)


Grab Tasty Bites and Cool Drinks from:
  • RastaRant
  • Bigalow Catering
  • Miel Coffee


Vendors Market, sponsored by ShopBlackCT:
  • 2Gurlz, LLC
  • African Adornments
  • African Attire
  • Arleen's Ryma
  • Bellatrixx Energy
  • Rudy's Beautys an AVON Boutique
  • Creative Cards by Vicki
  • Designs by Active
  • Diaspora Multicultural Society, Inc.
  • DJ MDot
  • Foxcraft
  • Freedom by Fitness, LLC
  • Jarbath Art, LLC
  • Jodi Cup of Health
  • Kendy
  • Khonda African Arts, LLC
  • Latasha Cakes
  • Leather Witch Accessories
  • Melanin Clo
  • NAACP New Britain Branch
  • Oh D'Luxe Candle Company
  • Oilbasedts
  • Realizing Homes, LLC
  • Lenaj Collection, LLC
  • Tafika Arts, LLC
  • Unknown Clothing
  • Urban Mala, LLC


If you would like to make a donation to support this historic day at the Museum, click here.


Sponsored by Arbella Insurance Foundation, Hartford HealthCare, and The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.

Vendors Market Sponsored by:


FREE Admission