Black History Month at NMOA

February at The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) is a celebration of Black History Month with a series of engaging and culturally rich events. Join us in honoring the contributions and legacy of African Americans through art, music, dance, and dialogue. Here’s what’s happening:

Art After Dark: College Night

Thursday, February 1, 6-10pm

Kick off Black History Month with our unforgettable after-work mixer, Art After Dark: College Night. It’s an evening packed with live music, art, and spirited competitive games. Wear your favorite college apparel and display your university pride.

The highlight of the evening will be a moving Black History Month Tribute Speech by Anya Dillard, focusing on the importance of celebrating Black History Month and equity in higher education.

Photo by Mike Peters. 

Family Programs

Family First Saturday

Saturday, February 3, 10am–5pm

  • Performance by NJTAP: Begin Family First Saturday with the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. Their performance brings to life the vibrant tradition of rhythm tap dancing, an integral part of American cultural history.

Family Drop-In: Harlem Renaissance

Celebrate Black History Month with our special Harlem Renaissance Family Drop-In activity, a key feature of our February family programming. This interactive and educational experience is designed to immerse families in the creative spirit and cultural significance of the Harlem Renaissance.

Available Dates:

During these days, we invite families to engage in relief printmaking, a hands-on activity that honors the artistry and legacy of Harlem Renaissance artists. This activity is not only a fun artistic endeavor but also an educational journey into a pivotal period in African American history.


These screenings are free and offer insightful explorations into significant themes of Black history and identity.

Photo by Mike Peters

Art After Dark: Brazilian Carnival Celebration

Thursday, February 15, 7-11pm

Join in on the exuberance and energy of the Brazilian Carnival at our Art After Dark event. This celebration, inspired by the worldwide Carnival festivities that precede Lent, is deeply rooted in the rich tapestry of history and culture spanning African, Caribbean, and African American traditions.

This special evening marks the kickoff of the 200th anniversary of Brazil-USA Cultural Affairs, offering a unique blend of music, dance, and vibrant costumes. Prepare for an unforgettable night where you can dance to the rhythm of Brazil, enjoy authentic Brazilian cuisine and drinks, and celebrate the cultural diversity and heritage that define this iconic festival.

Join us for a night of joyous celebration, embodying the spirit and energy of Carnival in every beat, step, and taste.

Robert H. Colescott, Cactus Jack at El Dorado, 1977. Acrylic on canvas; 86 1/2 x 68 1/2 in. (219.7 x 174 cm). Gift of Gregory A. Lunt, 1988 | 88.282 

Member Experiences ‑ Art, Activism, Anonymity

Thursday, February 15, 11am

A special event for NMOA members. Delve into the world of contemporary African American artists with NMOA docent, Betty Brown, and arts educator, Janet Mandel. Engage in enriching discussions about these artists’ works and their profound impact on American culture.

Celebrate Black History Month at NMOA and be part of a journey that honors the past, celebrates the present, and inspires the future. Join us in these special events that highlight the richness and diversity of African American art and culture.

Ironbound Community Corporation Presents: Civil Rights Movement Past, Present & Future

Thursday, February 22, 4:30-6:30pm

Join us at NMOA as our partner, Ironbound Community Corporation hosts a panel discussion that will explore the essential and ongoing conversation surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on society past, present and in the future.

Panelists include:

  • Junius Williams, Esq. – Senior Consultant, Center for Education & Juvenile Justice
  • Deborah Smith Gregory – President, NAACP, Newark
  • Lawrence Hamm – Chairman, People’s Organization for Progress
  • Chloe Desir – Environmental Justice Organizer, Ironbound Community Corporation
  • Melissa Miles – Executive Director, NJ Environmental Justice Alliance

Register for Free