2023 Blacktastic! A Children's Festival of Maryland History + Culture

Join us for Blacktastic!

A Children’s Festival of Maryland Black History + Culture

Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

We invite your classes to celebrate the joy of Maryland Black history and culture with our amazing teaching artists and special guests. Seven enriching performances and workshops - all in one day and for all grade levels! - will bring the inspiration of the arts and arts integration into your classroom.

Blacktastic Historic Black Marylanders II

Learn About and Celebrate Historic Black Marylanders

  • Mother Mary Lange

    Foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence

  • Lucille Clifton

    Poet & Author

  • Matthew Henson

    Arctic Explorer

  • Chick Webb

    Drummer & Band Leader

  • Lillie Carroll Jackson

    Activist & Mother of Freedom

  • Eubie Blake

    Musician & Composer

Learn About and Celebrate Historic Black Marylanders

Blacktastic Historic Black Marylanders II
  • Mother Mary Lange

    Foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence

  • Lucille Clifton

    Poet + Author

  • Matthew Henson

    Arctic Explorer

  • Chick Webb

    Drummer + Band Leader

  • Lillie Carroll Jackson

    Activist + Mother of Freedom

  • Eubie Blake

    Musician + Composer

Receive a free digital Blacktastic Activity Book

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture

Every class or school that registers can access our digital Blacktastic Activity Book to support classroom learning with activities that reinforce what students learned during the festival!

Participate in Maryland Black History trivia games

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture

In between each performance and workshop, students can participate in trivia games that test young learners’ knowledge of some of our state’s famous historical Black figures!

Connect to English, History, Science, Math, and more

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture

Act, dance, sing, and create alongside five incredible teaching artists and ensembles ALL DAY while connecting to English, History, Science, and Math–and feel the learning come alive!

Receive a Free Digital Blacktastic Activity Book

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture

Every class that registers can access a digital Blacktastic Activity Book to support classroom learning with activities that reinforce what students learned during the festival!

Participate in Maryland Black History Trivia Games

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture

In between each performance and workshop, students can participate in trivia games that test young learners’ knowledge of some of our state’s famous historical Black figures!

Connect to English, History, Science, and Math

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture

Act, dance, sing, and create alongside five incredible teaching artists and ensembles ALL DAY while connecting to English, History, Science, and Math–and feel the learning come alive!

REGISTRATION PRICING

During checkout, schools will have the option to Pay Now by credit card or Pay by Invoice. Financial assistance may be available. Apply early.

Individual / Homeschool

$100

Access to the live stream event on one home device

Extended on-demand access to replay the recording through June 30, 2023

Blacktastic Activity Book digital download

One Classroom

$200

Registration for one classroom of students to live-stream the event on one device

Extended on-demand access to replay the recording through June 30, 2023

Blacktastic Activity Book digital download

20% off your next Arts for Learning program through June 30, 2023

Schoolwide Access

$600

Registration for an entire school to access the live stream event on multiple devices

Extended on-demand access to replay the recording through June 30, 2023

Blacktastic Activity Book digital download

20% off your next Arts for Learning program through June 30, 2023

Baltimore City Public Schools: If you plan to pay via K12 Buy, please select "Pay by Invoice" when registering. Once you have completed registration, email [email protected] to request a K12 Buy Quote.

Baltimore City Public Schools: If you plan to pay via K12 Buy, please select "Pay by Invoice" when registering.
Once you have completed registration, email [email protected] to request a K12 Buy Quote.

Financial Assistance for Schools

Thanks to our sponsors...

We are able to provide a limited number of free passes to Blacktastic for classrooms and schools with tight budgets. Applications for financial assistance will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply early.

2023 Blacktastic Artists + Programs

Blacktastic A Children's Festival of Maryland Black History + Culture

The Roots & Rhythm of Chick Webb by SOLE Defined

9:05 – 9:45 AM

Explore the contributions of Baltimore's celebrated drummer and band leader Chick Webb through an interactive percussive dance performance with SOLE Defined. Students will try out their creativity and musicality as they learn to become percussionists while embodying the energy and style of Chick Webb. Participants will need space to move their feet and hands in order to turn their bodies into percussive instruments.

Academic Connections: English, Social Studies

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture - Milford Mill Academy Band

The Crusade of Mother Mary Lange: A Mini Musical

10:25 – 11:05 AM

Mother Mary Lange established the first Black convent, opened the first school for Black children in Baltimore, and provided job training for Black women. Join the Milford Mill Academy Band as they pay tribute to the revolutionary educator and activist through instrumental music, theatre, and poetry!

Academic Connections: History

Drew Anderson Blacktastic

Onward & Forward! Representing Matthew Henson

11:45 AM – 12:25 PM

Entertainer, educator, and poet Drew Anderson invites you to an innovative exploration of arctic explorer Matthew Henson through clever spoofs of popular songs. Take a virtual field trip to Matthew Henson's grave and learn how he bravely pioneered and trailblazed his way to the geographic North Pole, overcoming many obstacles along the way!

Academic Connections: Science, English, Social Studies, Geography

Renee Collins Georges Blacktastic

"Eubie Illin'!" Sing and Shuffle Along with Ragtime Composer, Eubie Blake

9:45 – 10:25 AM

Eubie Blake was one of the most illin’ (legendary) pianists and composers of jazz, popular music, ragtime, and vaudeville tunes. Vocalist Renée Georges and the Kidz MusiQ Club transports audiences back to the years 1890-1917 through a performance of "rags," call-and-response, and dance.

Academic Connections: English, Social Studies

Jamaal

Lillie Carroll Jackson Made It Happen! A Lyrical Tribute to Baltimore's Mother of Freedom

11:05 – 11:45 AM

Join Hip Hop artist Jamaal "Mr. Root" Collier in celebrating the life and legacy of Baltimore's most renowned activist and Mother of Freedom: Lillie Carroll Jackson. Enjoy a virtual field trip to the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum and interactive activities that are fun, engaging, and full of rhythm and rhyme!

Academic Connections: English, Social Studies

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture

For the Love of Lucille Clifton!

12:25 – 1:05 PM

Celebrate the life and legacy of Maryland's Poet Laureate Lucille Clifton with Baba Bomani through music, spoken word, and a virtual field trip to the Lucille Clifton House. With inspiration from Lucille Clifton's story, participants will use Baba Bomani's signature B.A.R.S writing system to share their own stories and tributes to Black historical figures.

Academic Connections: Math, Social Studies

Blacktastic A Children's Festival of Maryland Black History + Culture - Morgan State University

SPECIAL GUESTS: Morgan State University’s Magnificent Marching Machine

Join the world-renowned and ever-historic Morgan State University's Magnificent Marching Machine for traditional and popular tunes in the instrumental music traditions of historically Black colleges and universities. Performances feature high school marching bands, majorettes, cheerleaders, and dance teams from Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Performances by Morgan State University’s Magnificent Marching Machine will be featured throughout the program!

2023 Blacktastic Artists + Programs

The Roots & Rhythm of Chick Webb by SOLE Defined

Blacktastic A Children's Festival of Maryland Black History + Culture

9:05 – 9:45 AM

Explore the contributions of Baltimore's celebrated drummer and band leader Chick Webb through an interactive percussive dance performance with SOLE Defined. Students will try out their creativity and musicality as they learn to become percussionists while embodying the energy and style of Chick Webb. Participants will need space to move their feet and hands in order to turn their bodies into percussive instruments.

Academic Connections: English, Social Studies

"Eubie Illin'!" Sing and Shuffle Along with Ragtime Composer, Eubie Blake

Renee Collins Georges Blacktastic

9:45 – 10:25 AM

Eubie Blake was one of the most illin’ (legendary) pianists and composers of jazz, popular music, ragtime, and vaudeville tunes. Vocalist Renée Georges and the Kidz MusiQ Club transports audiences back to the years 1890-1917 through a performance of "rags," call-and-response, and dance.

Academic Connections: English, Social Studies

The Crusade of Mother Mary Lange: A Mini Musical

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture - Milford Mill Academy Band

10:25 – 11:05 AM

Mother Mary Lange established the first Black convent, opened the first school for Black children in Baltimore, and provided job training for Black women. Join the Milford Mill Academy Band as they pay tribute to the revolutionary educator and activist through instrumental music, theatre, and poetry!

Academic Connections: History

SPECIAL GUESTS: Morgan State University’s Magnificent Marching Machine

Blacktastic A Children's Festival of Maryland Black History + Culture - Morgan State University

Join the world-renowned and ever-historic Morgan State University's Magnificent Marching Machine for traditional and popular tunes in the instrumental music traditions of historically Black colleges and universities. Performances feature high school marching bands, majorettes, cheerleaders, and dance teams from Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Performances by Morgan State University’s Magnificent Marching Machine will be featured throughout the program!

Lillie Carroll Jackson Made It Happen! A Lyrical Tribute to Baltimore's Mother of Freedom

Jamaal

11:05 – 11:45 AM

Join Hip Hop artist Jamaal "Mr. Root" Collier in celebrating the life and legacy of Baltimore's most renowned activist and Mother of Freedom: Dr. Lillie Carroll Jackson. Enjoy a virtual field trip to the Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum and interactive activities that are fun, engaging, and full of rhythm and rhyme!

Academic Connections: English, Social Studies

Onward & Forward! Representing Matthew Henson

Drew Anderson Blacktastic

11:45 AM – 12:25 PM

Entertainer, educator, and poet Drew Anderson invites you to an innovative exploration of arctic explorer Matthew Henson through clever spoofs of popular songs. Take a virtual field trip to Matthew Henson's grave and learn how he bravely pioneered and trailblazed his way to the geographic North Pole, overcoming many obstacles along the way!

Academic Connections: Science, English, Social Studies, Geography

For the Love of Lucille Clifton!

Blacktastic! A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture

12:25 – 1:05 PM

Celebrate the life and legacy of Maryland's Poet Laureate Lucille Clifton with Baba Bomani through music, spoken word, and a virtual field trip to the Lucille Clifton House. With inspiration from Lucille Clifton's story, participants will use Baba Bomani's signature B.A.R.S writing system to share their own stories and tributes to Black historical figures.

Academic Connections: Math, Social Studies

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Friends of Arts for Learning

Tom Brown & Susan Weingast

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Friends of Arts for Learning

Tom Brown & Susan Weingast