The Woodson African American Museum of Florida
Mark your calendars! November 29th will be an entire day of giving back to your community!
This year, the Woodson will be a part of #GivingTuesday and the donations will be going towards our campaign to build the first purpose-built African American museum in Florida!
Please consider donating to this historical cause and spreading the word to others that would like to be a part of this initiative!
This zoom meeting from 7-8:30 PM will be discussing the book Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racism by Robin Diangelo.
November 12, 2022 | 5-8 pm
Free and open to the public.
The Woodson will be open during ArtWalk from 5-8 PM for Ken Falana’s exhibition, Color Abstractions 1989-2021.
Light Refreshments will be served.
November 1 - December 10
The Woodson African American Museum of Florida
Until December 10, you are able to drop off new toys at the museum during its hours that will be donated to families in the area that need holiday assistance.
October 8th, 2022 | 5-8 pm
Free and open to the public.
The Woodson will be open during Art Walk.
October 4th - December 31, 2022
Free and open to the public.
Ken Falana is a contemporary printmaker and retired art educator born and raised in Florida who began drawing in the 1950’s as a child. He fondly remembers an aunt and uncle with whom he sometimes lived taking him to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida. Once there, he became enamored with classical and Renaissance nude sculpture in exhibits and began drawing them. Although his aunt and uncle where initially taken aback by his newfound obsession of drawing nude figures, they encouraged him to continue drawing.
Ken describes himself as a colorist whose strongest inspiration for his images and color are based on remembered experiences of growing up in rural Central Florida and the Gulf Coast. His works of art span over 60 years, from early works that include a series of silkscreen and collage prints that commented on the Civil Rights movement of the sixties to realistic graphite drawings. Later, Ken began combining silkscreen printing (Serigraphy) with collage and experimenting with monoprints to create boldly abstract and colorful collections of art pieces.
Over the course of his career in art and education, Ken has always emphasized the importance of craftsmanship and self-expression in his own work and the work of his students. As a result, he has developed his own visual vocabulary and an improvisational style of printmaking that he calls silkscreen construction collage. In his technique, Ken silkscreens color inks onto large sheets of paper and invents images by cutting and assembling these color sheets into dynamic abstract compositions to form large scale art pieces.
Ken’s artwork can be found in many public and private collections including the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston, Daytona News Journal, NCCU Art Museum, Florida A&M University, Metro-Dade County Building of Public Administration, Atlanta Life Insurance Company, St. Louis Artists Guild, and the Wisconsin Union Art Collection.
Ken retired from teaching in 2011 and can be found spending his time continuing to create new works of art, exhibiting, traveling and spending time with his family.
September 17, 2022 / 10 am - 3 pm
On Saturday, September 17th, come to the Woodson for Free Museum Day, the hours are from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The artist will be here to interact with the guests. Guests will be able to participate in painting with the artist, playing the drums, face painting for our youth, and light refreshments.
August 13, 2022 / 5-8 pm
The Woodson will be open during Art Walk on Saturday, August 13th from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. We will also have an opening reception for the artist, Patrick Noze as he chats with the guests as well.
July 19 - September 23, 2022
The Woodson Museum African American Museum of Florida
Free / Donations Appreciated
Born in Haiti on December 11,1962 in the province of Jeremie ‘City of Poets’. Patrick Noze was introduced to the world of art years before achieving international success, by way of his father Robert Noze. Robert had his own art history as a renowned Sculptor and studied under his father, Andre Dimanche, making Patrick Noze a third generation Sculptor and painter.
June 19, 2022 | Doors open at 6pm / Showtime is 7-10pm
The Mahaffey Theater Plaza | On St. Pete's Waterfront
Concert | Lawn Party | Fundraiser
The Woodson Museum of Florida and its “First Ladies Society” will host the Jazzy Juneteenth Jubilee, a concert and lawn party featuring local, national and international musicians at the scenic waterfront park at the Mahaffey Theater, welcoming 1,000 guests and supporters of The Woodson African American Museum of Florida.
The event doubles as the inaugural edition of the Jubilee – designed as a signature event of the First Ladies Society – while continuing the momentum of the Woodson’s multi-million-dollar capital campaign. The Jubilee will feature NAACP image award nominee Nathan Mitchell and Friends – Marcus Anderson and Glenn Jones and performances by local artist saxophonist Jordan Bolds and vocalist Theo Valentin.
All White Party
It’s an ALL WHITE PARTY with a “diner en blanc” flair. This dazzling evening of all white will light up the night as we celebrate African Americans independence in this nation. The lush lawn of The Mahaffy Plaza will be adorned with white tables and linen with attendees draped in the mandatory “all white” summer chic dress code to create an exquisite ambiance for a party with a purpose on the plaza with the beautiful waterfront serving as the perfect backdrop.
Tables and linen will be provided but guests are asked to create their own outdoor dining experience with their personal table décor, food and nonalcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available on-site.
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All Proceeds will benefit the creation of the new Woodson African American Museum of Florida.
May-June 2022 | Tuesday - Friday, 12-5pm | Opens Tuesday, May 17
Woodson African American Museum of Florida
The Woodson African American Museum of Florida is proud to kick off a “hot fun in the summertime” series when welcoming local artist Vivia Barron’s exhibit “The Right to Swim.”
April 30, 2022 | 6-8 pm
The Woodson African American Museum | Woodson Legacy Garden
Please join us as we listen to some amazing poetry.
Saturday, April 23rd | 9am - 10am
Woodson Legacy Garden
Join us for Yoga classes. Classes will be taught by Mindful Movement.
Sunday, March 27, 2022 | 4-7pm
$100 Single Ticket | $1000 Host Table of 8
The Woodson African American Museum of Florida & The Woodson Warriors Scholarship Committee cordially invite you to A Gala Fundraiser with Nicole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Creator of the 1619 Project.
We hope you will join us to help support our current and future scholars!
Scholarship Information: woodsonscholarships.com
February 27, 2022 | 3pm
From big band swing to rock n roll to pop, the blues has been a key foundation of American music – especially jazz music. Although many believe that one gave birth to the other, jazz and blues are actually cousins – different branches of the same family tree.
The Scotty Wright Quintet will perform a varied program of the blues, seen and heard and felt from a jazz perspective, with source material provided by: BB King / Charles Brown / Willie Dixon / Robert Johnson / Charlie Parker / Duke Ellington / Buddy Johnson
$20 | ADTBJA Member Advance tickets
$25 | Non-member Advance tickets
$30 | Day-of-show tickets
Sunday, January 16, 2022 from Noon – 4 pm
Woodson Museum & Other Participating Museums
Free community health event.
On Sunday, January 16, 2022, five St. Petersburg museums are coming together to boost the health and safety of our community during our first ever Museums for Immunity event. In partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, the Center for Health Equity, and the City of St. Petersburg’s Healthy St. Pete initiative, these museums are bringing FREE COVID-19 vaccines to the public at each site.
Participating organizations are offering exciting incentives such as complimentary museum passes and other goodies to encourage the public to stay healthy and enjoy St. Petersburg’s diverse cultural and social amenities. Additionally the Florida Department of Health is providing $15 food vouchers (while supplies last). For site-specific event and incentive information, please visit each museum’s webpage at the information below:
The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
(727) 323-1104, 2240 9th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
The Florida Holocaust Museum
(727) 820-0100, 55 5th St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art
(727) 892-4200, 150 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
(727) 896-2667, 255 Beach Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The Dalí Museum
(727) 823-3767, 1 Dali Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Participants will be eligible to receive their first or second COVID-19 immunization or their booster – Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and adult and pediatric Pfizer vaccines will be available – and flu vaccines for children and adults will also be offered! Museum admission is not required for this free community health event.
Anyone meeting the CDC’s COVID-19 immunization eligibility requirements is encouraged to participate. Questions about vaccine eligibility may be directed to the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County at (727) 824-6900 or pinellas.floridahealth.gov/. Members of the public are asked to bring their current vaccine card with them to the location of their choice.
Officials from each of the participating museums and organizations hope that this event will help to make vaccines accessible to everyone in our community and increase vaccination success in St. Petersburg. These steps will help to ensure that all museums, cultural sites, and community gathering spaces are able to keep our doors open and continue welcoming visitors for daily admission, educational tours, special programs, and events. Please join us as we boost the ‘Burg!
February 1, 2022 | 12pm (noon)
St Pete City Hall | 175 5th Street North St. Petersburg, FL
Open to the public
Kick Off Black History Month! Please plan to share the excitement of this extraordinary day in Black History. An epic event you don’t want to miss.
Tuesday, February 1 at noon, St. Pete’s first African American Mayor will raise the flag in honor of the legacy of Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Black History Month.
St.Pete City Hall
175 5th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL