Arts, Culture, History & Events

Free Art & Artifacts Exhibit

February 4th - 18th 2017
Wednesday - Saturday, 12-5 PM
Sundays, 2-4:30 PM

Reception 2-4 PM, Saturday February 4th
The Nick Rodriguez Community Center, 213 F Street, Antioch, CA

The annual Black History Month Exhibit will once again be held at the Nick Rodriquez Community Center, in downtown Antioch. This exhibit provides a timeline of historical events featuring art, artifacts, literature, and creative arts that reflect the African American Experience in America. Attendees will also have an opportunity to taste traditional beverages and deserts.  The exhibit goals are to promote dignity and pride in the African American Community and provide cross cultural education for the larger community. The exhibit provides a great educational experience for families and students at all grade levels. 

The exhibit is a community partnership of Rua'h Community Outreach, PPPEYC, JTS Art Gallery, City of Antioch and Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch.  The exhibit opens on February 4th with a reception from 2-4 PM. For group visits, contact Dr. Carrie Frazier at (925 (787-4827 or email   

Saturday, Feb. 11th (from 1-2 p.m.) - Anthony Williams will present the secret messages embedded in the hymns sung by the slaves; he will sing and tell a story. Aunt Jemima will stop by and present the story of her life.

Sunday, Feb. 12th (at 2:30 p.m.) - Raphael Allen, Forest Ranger for the National Park Service will present a video/powerpoint on the Explosion at Port Chicago.

Saturday, Feb. 18th (from 1-2 p.m.) - Two African American authors, Debbie Harris and Roselyn Turner, will read excerpts from their books and Keith Archuleta will present an original poem titled - Unity on the Rise!

Talented Young Artists
2017Art4Schools Exhibits

March 1st - May 27th

Artist Receptions 1st day of each exhibit from 4-6pm
Lynn House Gallery, 809 West 1st Street, Antioch, CA  

Students from Antioch Unified School District showcase their original artwork at the Lynn House  Gallery.  The Arts4Schools Program is sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Foundation of Antioch, the City of Antioch and a Cal Pine and Keller Canyon Mitigation Fund Grant from Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover. In addition to sponsoring the gallery exhibit, the grant  provides $500 to each participating school to be used for art and cultural supplies and educational endeavors.

Exhibit Dates/Schools
After School Program, 3/1-3/11
Mission & Sutter Elementary Schools, 3/22-4/1
Kimball & Turner Elementary Schools, 4/26-5/6
Black Diamond & Dallas Ranch Middle Schools, 5/17 - 5/27

Note: Cookie & Punch Artist Reception on opening day, from 4 - 6 PM for each exhibit.

For more information about each exhibit call Diane Gibson-Gray at (925) 325-9897 or email The Lynn House Gallery is located in the Rivertown District at 809 W. 1st Street, Antioch (across from the AMTRAK Train Station) and is open from 1 - 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibits and admission is free.   ork is

COMING SOON - Celebration of Art, Antioch Historical Society, June 24th - July 19th. Watch for Call for Artists. Dates Subject to change.



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