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Juneteenth Celebration Is June 22 at the AMA

Juneteenth Fine Art Celebration

Saturday | June 22 | 10 AM – 1 PM 

The Albany Museum of Art, in partnership with the Dougherty County School System, invites the community to join in the Juneteenth Fine Art Celebration, a vibrant tribute to Juneteenth National Independence Day, from 10 am-1 pm on Saturday, June 22.

“The Dougherty County School System’s Fine Arts Department is excited to celebrate Juneteenth in collaboration with the Albany Museum of Art,” DCSS lead art teacher Samantha Fields, Ed.D., who also serves on the AMA Board of Trustees, said. “We seek to promote and amplify community while uplifting Black liberation through the arts. Although we would like to look back and reflect, events such as these are important so that we can also look to the future. What better way to celebrate than through the exhibition of Black artists, musicians, and business owners?”

AMA Director of Education and Public Programming Annie Vanoteghem said the museum is excited to collaborate with DCSS on the special event.

“The Juneteenth Fine Art Celebration will be a fun-filled day dedicated to Black history, culture, and achievements through fine arts,” she said. “We will have art created by Dougherty County students, crafts, business vendors, food trucks, and more.”

Juneteenth, officially celebrated on June 19, is one of the oldest commemorations of the abolition of slavery in the United States. The name comes from the blending of the words June and nineteenth. A federal holiday since 2021 and a state holiday in Georgia since 2022, it also has been referred to over the years as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Black Independence Day, and Juneteenth Independence Day.

The observance originated in Texas, the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday in 1980. It commemorates the day on which enslaved Black Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed that they were free when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger ordered the enforcement of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation issued two years earlier. The Galveston event happened more than two months after the end of the Civil War.

A year later on June 19, 1866, community gatherings in Texas began marking the anniversary. The observance spread throughout the South and to other regions of the U.S. over the following decades.

The Juneteenth Fine Art Celebration will be free and open to the public. The event will feature artwork by students in the Dougherty County School System, book signings by local Black authors, a vendor area highlighting Black-owned businesses, and food trucks offering a variety of fare. The Dougherty High School choir is scheduled to perform, and organizers are working to add more student performances.

There also will be an opportunity to win a beautiful archival print of artist Cedric Smith’s painting From Cotton to Roses. The framed 27″ by 20″ print is dated and is valued at $1,500. The original painting, part of the AMA permanent collection, is currently on view in the museum lobby.

“Tickets are $7.50 or two for $10, and they may be purchased at the event or online,” Vanoteghem said. “You don’t have to be present at the time of the drawing to win.”

Buy raffle tickets HERE.

Businesses also have time to register as vendors. The deadline is Thursday, June 20. Businesses interested in participating can register HERE.

“There is a rich, vibrant history and sense of community in Juneteenth,” Vanoteghem said. “We invite everyone to come and celebrate this important point in American history.”



The Albany Museum of Art is located at 311 Meadowlark Drive in Albany, Ga., adjacent to Albany State University West Campus just off Gillionville Road. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Albany Museum of Art is open to the public 10 am-5 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is free.

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An African-American jockey is painted using a cotton stalk as a crop as he urges his horse on toward a win in a derby race.
An archival print of Georgia artist Cedric Smith's painting "From Cotton to Roses" will be raffled at the Juneteenth Fine Art Celebration.