Maplewood’s Springfield Avenue Partnership invites community residents and visitors to celebrate Black History Month by attending any of the events and activities listed below. It would be wise to call ahead to confirm the details of the activities. Please check the website often, as we will add more events.
Feb. 16, 23 African American Artists Series
Express Yourself Studios, 1877 Springfield Avenue; 973.763.5256
Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages 5 -12
Saturdays during the month of February enjoy a special Black History Month lesson in art exploring a different African-American Master Artist (Aaron Douglass, William H. Johnson and Faith Ringgold).  This program is offered as part of Express Yourself’s Studio Saturdayoffering.  The Workshop Fee for this event is $15.
Feb. 17 Newark Black Artists Oral History Project
1978 Maplewood Arts Center, 1978 Springfield Avenue; 973.275.1330
Time:  2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

A presentation by Bianca Monet of the newly formed project dedicated to collecting and preserving first-hand narratives of black visual arts from and/or currently located in Newark. Like our featured artist Emma Amos, artists who now reside in cities outside of Newark, NJ have ties to Newark that have shaped and continue to impact their artistic endeavors. Bianca Monet will share interviews and videos and/ or photographs from these artists who now live in Maplewood, West Orange, and surrounding communities. 
The art of Emma Amos is on exhibit from Feb. 2 through March 24 featuring works which have been seen as a connecting link to European tapestries and the African diaspora.
Feb. 19, Collage, Jazz and You
Hilton Branch Library, 1688 Springfield Avenue; 973.762.1688
Time:  4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Ages 6 – 12 years
Romare Bearden is famous for his collages depicting Black life in America.  Come to the library to make a collage of your own and listen to jazz, an art form influenced by African Americans.
Feb. 20 Ghana’s History and Turban Head Wrap Demonstration 
Akuaba Fashions, 1966 Springfield Avenue (new location); 973-567-0100
Time:  4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Discussion of Ghana’s history and culture along with a demonstration of traditional African turban head wrapping.
Feb. 21, Looking, Learning, Living: The work of Emma Amos & Local Live Jazz Singer
Hilton Neighborhood Association at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue; 973.275.1330
Time:  7:30 p.m.
After the HNA meeting at 1978 Art Gallery on Springfield Ave. there will be a viewing and presentation of the work of Emma Amos, a renown artist and former professor at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, and a musical presentation by Bahati Best, a Maplewood singer of jazz and standard tunes. We will serve refreshments. Contact Carol Buchanan via phone at 973-761-4672 or 201-787-7688; Hilton Neighborhood Association, PO Box 1305, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Feb. 22, Princess Playdate with Tiana
Parteaz, 1860 Springfield Avenue; 973.762.1688
Time:  4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Ages 2, 3 w/caregiver (drop off optional)
Dress up, games, crafts and lots of make believe.  Make a healthy dessert and have a tea party with a Princess.
Feb. 23 – Black History Month Mentorship Luncheon
Top Hat & Tails, 1856 Springfield Avenue; 973.275.0080
Time:  2 p.m.
This program is designed for young people to see men and women of color in professions that might appeal to them.  Light refreshments will be served.  For information call Horace at 973-275-0080.
Feb. 23, Create a Keepsake of Expression on Plates
Hair Chalet, 1632 Springfield Avenue; 973.763.2272
Time: Noon - 2 p.m.
Come and express yourself. Limited space, please reserve. Call 973-763-2272
Feb. 23, Cruise Party
Our Gang Travel, 1897 Springfield Avenue; 973.763.3616
Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Come and see what all the excitement is about!
See how Our Gang Travel treats you like Royalty on every one of our cruises! Prizes, Games, Entertainment, Instant Purchase Discounts,Refreshments Served!
Feb. 24, Featuring Photographer Tinnetta Bell 
Astah's Fine Art Gallery, 1897 Springfield Avenue; 973.761.5012
Time: 5 p.m.
During Black History month Astah's Fine Art Gallery will feature self taught artist Tinnetta Bell with an aesthetic eye for photography. She has been working as a professional artist for the past ten years and Astah's Art Gallery has sold several of her originals and prints. Tinnetta's love for photography was discovered by patrons of her work during art shows and events. Come see how Tinnetta can capture your special moments in timeless fashion on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. at Astah's Art Gallery, located at 1897 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040.