Black History Month

Black History Month 2023

The City of Orlando is pleased to celebrate the positive contributions of our African American residents by dedicating the month of February to the rich and diverse Black culture and heritage. Black history is an integral part of American history because Blacks have played an essential role in building and shaping this great country.

Our prestigious Black History Month celebration will feature an opening reception of an art exhibition at City Hall’s Terrace Gallery and our signature community celebration event, which will highlight this year’s theme, "Black Resistance", that recognizes how African Americans have fought repression and inspired folks to participate in civil rights and racial equity movements.

As a welcoming and inclusive city, we are committed to continuing to celebrate our differences and dedicating this month to the rich and diverse Black culture and heritage.

The arts are an intrinsic part of Black heritage and culture, for this reason, the City of Orlando hosted an Open Call for local artists to showcase the diverse richness of African American history and heritage through the visual arts.

After evaluating all the art submissions, a diverse group of 13 visual artists were chosen to showcase their art pieces at the city’s Black History Month Art Exhibition in the Terrace Gallery at Orlando City Hall.

The art exhibit runs from February 2 – April 30, 2023, and residents and visitors are encouraged to visit the Terrace Gallery to enjoy a beautiful display of creativity, inspiration and cultural heritage of African American visual artists.

The visual artists participating in the exhibition are:

  • Tasanee Durrett
  • Dafeney Josue
  • Nastasia Reid
  • Ohso Fabon
  • Jordan Jones
  • Ridge Bonnick
  • Delia Miller
  • Ernest Jones
  • Ali Bandele
  • Chike Onuorah
  • Jose Barreto
  • Jai Radcliff
  • Sharard Saddlers

About the Terrace Gallery

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m.

Location:
Orlando City Hall, 1st Floor
400 South Orange Avenue

The City Hall Terrace Gallery opened in 1992. It features works from national and international artists and frequently spotlights Florida artists. The gallery's portable walls allow us to arrange each exhibit in a way that best highlight the artworks. The Terrace Gallery reflects the city’s dedication to the arts, and it provides a space where visual artists can share their insight with the community.

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