Family-Friendly: Cheekwood’s Black Arts Bash


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Celebrate African-American culture in Nashville this summer at Cheekwood with music, food, visual art and live performances. There’s no better location to hold such an event with this magnitude of fun and culture than at Cheekwood, with its beautiful botanical gardens and exquisite museum. Check out a few reasons why we are excited about this upcoming event, then grab your ticket today. We outside, remember!

Listen to live music from local Nashville artists

Whether you recognize your favorite artists or find a new musician or band to stan, you are going to experience a total vibe with this year’s lineup of performances.

Performances include:
Main Stage | Arboretum Lawn

  • 11:30 – 12:30 PM | Khrys Hatch
  • 1:00 – 1:30 PM | Spoken Word Poetry by Southern Word
  • 2 – 3 PM | Larysa Jaye
  • 3:30 PM | Sankofa African Drum and Dance Company
  • 4:30 – 5:30 PM | Lauren McClinton
  • 6 – 7 PM | Jason Eskridge
  • 7:30 – 8:30 PM | Rod McGaha
  1. Sample local fare 

Nashville is not just all about music, our food game is also on point and Black Arts Bash is setting out a full tasting experience. Chefs from Onyx Foods, including David Swett, Jr., Albert Lovelace, and Troy Stovall, will serve home-cooked favorites from 11 AM – 8 PM. Added southern comfort options from some of Nashville’s hottest food trucks will also be available throughout the day in Lot B.

Additional Food Trucks:

  • Bag Lady’s: 9 AM – 2:30 PM | menu
  • Early Eats: 9 AM – 2:30 PM | menu
  • Smokin’ Buttz: 4 – 9 PM | menu
  • Strike Out Wingz: 4 – 9PM | menu
  1. Enjoy Hands-On Activities And Workshops

Cheekwood’s Black Arts Bash is all about highlighting African-American artistry. You can participate in the creation of art yourself with hands-on activities, including the opportunity to learn about the colors and symbols in African textiles with a special community quilt experience. Drawing inspiration from the meaningful patterns and brilliant colors, participants will choose a fabric square and use stamps depicting traditional symbols and designs to create their own design. Each completed square will be added to a larger canvas to create a “community quilt” display. Community Quilt Activity will take place in the Massey Auditorium from 12pm – 5pm.

  1. Embark On a Nashville inspired art exhibition at The Frist Learning Center, featuring local students and artists. 

Check out artwork from local favorites and emerging artists in the Frist Learning Center Great Hall. Plus, you will have an opportunity to view work from talented high school artists across the city. Plus, enjoy a panel talk with the artists at 5:30pm.

  • Barbara Higgins Bond, Award-winning Illustrator | website
  • XPayne, a “Black-pop” Artist | website
  • DaShawn Lewis, Photographer | instagram
  • Kimberly Manson, Photographer | instagram

Hurry and book your ticket for the event HERE. Cheekwood is located at 1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37205. Come join in the fun and celebrate local Nashville culture with family and friends.

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