Blacktastic

Join us for Blacktastic!

A Children’s Festival of Black History & Culture

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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

Last year, nearly 17,000 students participated in the inaugural Blacktastic festival. THIS year, we’ve enhanced the celebration with more creative experiences and more learning opportunities—and at an affordable price!

Thank you for joining us for Blacktastic! This event has ended, but we invite you to join us in a celebration of Black history and culture throughout the year.

View programs that connect students with Black history and help develop a deeper understanding of the unique stories, perspectives, and contributions from the past and the present.

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

Learn About and Celebrate Historic Black Marylanders

Students will learn about historical Black Marylanders and celebrate living Black Baltimoreans making history today:

“Baby” Laurence Jackson, Tap Dancer
Benjamin Banneker, Mathematician & Astronomer
Billie Holiday, Singer
Cab Calloway, Singer & Musician
Carole Boston Weatherford, Author
Frances Watkins Harper, Writer & Suffragist
Frederick Douglass, Abolitionist & Writer
Harriet Tubman, Abolitionist & Activist
Joyce J. Scott, Artist & Educator
Valerie Thomas, Scientist & Inventor

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, and Math

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

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

Learn About and Celebrate Historic Black Marylanders

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

Students will learn about historical Black Marylanders and celebrate living Black Baltimoreans making history today:

“Baby” Laurence Jackson
Tap Dancer
Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician & Astronomer
Billie Holiday
Singer
Cab Calloway
Singer & Musician
Carole Boston Weatherford
Author
Frances Watkins Harper
Writer & Suffragist
Frederick Douglass
Abolitionist & Writer
Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist & Activist
Joyce Scott
Artist & Educator
Valerie Thomas
Scientist & Inventor

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 six 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!

2022 Blacktastic Artists + Programs

Jamaal

Blacktastic Travelers

9:00 AM

Artist: Jamaal "Mr. Root" Collier

Target Grade Levels: Elementary, Middle, High
Academic Connections: Science, History

Learn about inventor Valerie Thomas and singer Billie Holiday through spoken word poetry and rap. These amazing people made powerful contributions to music, aeronautics, activism, and much more. Their work—and the work of those they inspired—is known all over the world!

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

The Rhythm of Baltimore

9:30 AM

ARTIST: Ryan Johnson of SOLE Defined

Target Grade Levels: Elementary, Middle
Academic Connections: History

Ryan K Johnson and "Baby" Laurence Jackson are Baltimore natives who fell in love with creating rhythms and music with their bodies. Students will join Ryan Johnson on an immersive journey, exploring elements of body percussion and the legacy of "Baby" Laurence Jackson. The Rhythm of Baltimore celebrates a historic icon told from the words of a rising star.

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

Standing on the Shoulders of Our Champions (#BaltimoresBest)

10:00 AM

ARTIST: WombWork Productions

Target Grade Levels: Elementary, Middle, High
Academic Connections: History

WombWork Productions presents a reimagined version of its highly-regarded Black history piece, now including a focus on two prominent living Black Baltimoreans who are making a local, state, national, and international impact. Through song, dance, and theater, WombWork will give roses to those still with us who are sharing our arts, culture, and truth with the world.

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

Math Movements with Matt: A Dance Tribute to Benjamin Banneker

10:30 AM

Artist: Matthew Crittenden

Target Grade Levels: Elementary
Academic Connections: Math

Join award-winning teen teaching artist Matthew Crittenden who will engage students in an interactive dance performance and workshop that celebrates Maryland mathematician and astronomer Benjamin Banneker's life and legacy through math and the art of dance.

Debra-Mims

Shero Storytime: Inspirational Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Frances Watkins Harper

11:00 AM

Artist: Debra Mims

Target Grade Levels: Elementary
Academic Connections: English, History

Join sensational storyteller Debra Mims as she engages students in the inspirational journeys of two Maryland abolitionists: Harriet Tubman, conductor of the Underground Railroad and Frances Watkins Harper, writer, suffragist, and one of the first women to be published in the United States.

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

Baba Got BARS: Hip Hop Party!

11:30 AM

Artist: Baba Bomani

Target Grade Levels: Elementary, Middle
Academic Connections: English, History

Learn about famous Black Marylanders such as abolitionist Frederick Douglass and jazz musician Cab Calloway in this interactive Hip Hop program. Let's have a party as we explore the history of rhythm and rhyme in Black music all the way back to Africa!

2022 Blacktastic Artists + Programs

Blacktastic Travelers

Jamaal

9:00 AM

Artist: Jamaal "Mr. Root" Collier

Target Grade Levels: Elementary, Middle, High
Academic Connections: Science, History

Learn about inventor Valerie Thomas and singer Billie Holiday through spoken word poetry and rap. These amazing people made powerful contributions to music, aeronautics, activism, and much more. Their work—and the work of those they inspired—is known all over the world!

The Rhythm of Baltimore

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

9:30 AM

ARTIST: Ryan Johnson of SOLE Defined

Target Grade Levels: Elementary, Middle
Academic Connections: History

Ryan K Johnson and "Baby" Laurence Jackson are Baltimore natives who fell in love with creating rhythms and music with their bodies. Students will join Ryan Johnson on an immersive journey, exploring elements of body percussion and the legacy of "Baby" Laurence Jackson. The Rhythm of Baltimore celebrates a historic icon told from the words of a rising star.

Standing on the Shoulders of Our Champions (#BaltimoresBest)

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

10:00 AM

ARTIST: WombWork Productions

Target Grade Levels: Elementary, Middle, High
Academic Connections: History

WombWork Productions presents a reimagined version of its highly-regarded Black history piece, now including a focus on two prominent living Black Baltimoreans who are making a local, state, national, and international impact. Through song, dance, and theater, WombWork will give roses to those still with us who are sharing our arts, culture, and truth with the world.

Math Movements with Matt: A Dance Tribute to Benjamin Banneker

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

10:30 AM

Artist: Matthew Crittenden

Target Grade Levels: Elementary
Academic Connections: Math

Join award-winning teen teaching artist Matthew Crittenden who will engage students in an interactive dance performance and workshop that celebrates Maryland mathematician and astronomer Benjamin Banneker's life and legacy through math and the art of dance.

Shero Storytime: Inspirational Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Frances Watkins Harper

Debra-Mims

11:00 AM

Artist: Debra Mims

Target Grade Levels: Elementary
Academic Connections: English, History

Join sensational storyteller Debra Mims as she engages students in the inspirational journeys of two Maryland abolitionists: Harriet Tubman, conductor of the Underground Railroad and Frances Watkins Harper, writer, suffragist, and one of the first women to be published in the United States.

Baba Got BARS: Hip Hop Party!

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

11:30 AM

Artist: Baba Bomani

Target Grade Levels: Elementary, Middle
Academic Connections: English, History

Learn about famous Black Marylanders such as abolitionist Frederick Douglass and jazz musician Cab Calloway in this interactive Hip Hop program. Let's have a party as we explore the history of rhythm and rhyme in Black music all the way back to Africa!

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Alan and Trisha Hoff

Halcyon Investments One, LLC

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Alan and Trisha Hoff

Halcyon Investments One, LLC