RAC Art of the African Diaspora

Go online to explore Richmond Art Center's "Art of the African Diaspora."

February is Black History Month. Celebrate and educate yourself and your family with these Bay Area online events and resources.

“Art of the African Diaspora.” The Richmond art Center will host this event online from Feb. 11 to May 16, with an opening reception on Feb. 13. The exhibit will highlight works by Bay Area artists ages 16 and up. Events are slated to include artist talks, open studios and more. richmondartcenter.org/exhibitions/aotad2021.

Black History Month Celebration. The City of San Jose and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will host a free online webinar at 9 a.m. on Feb. 10 spotlighting three contemporary Black women inventors: Aprille Ericsson, Ayanna Howard, and Arlyne Simon. 

Black Joy Parade. This Oakland nonprofit was collecting donations for its fourth annual Black parade in Oakland. Check website for updates. 

“Black Power.”  Take a virtual tour of the Oakland Museum of California’s exhibit “Black Power,” which highlights the history of Black Power movements in California, including the Black Panther Party, and illustrates the creative ways Black anti-racist activists in the state supported their communities and challenged the U.S. government. A video on the Black Panthers featuring young activists, recommended for ages 12 and up and accompanied by a worksheet and discussion questions, is available heremuseumca.org.

Museum of the African Diaspora. While closed, this San Francisco museum has been offering online programs and digital exhibitions showcasing the art, history and cultural richness of the African Diaspora. 

PBS Black History Month Resources. PBS has compiled lots of family-friendly resources from videos to books to crafts to conversation prompts, with age-specific guidelines. There also an animated short of a poem written by inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. The special, "PBS Kids Talk About Race and Racism" can be viewed here, along with racial justice resources.

San Francisco African American Historical & Cultural Society. The society is planning programs and events via Zoom on the Black History Month national theme, The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. Check website for details. 

San Francisco Public Library More Than a Month. The library celebrates Black history, culture and heritage with reading recommendations for kids, teens and adults, as well as online events geared for both children and adults. Find more events here.

Janine DeFao is an associate editor at Bay Area Parent.