SUMMER 2020 EVENTS
Check back often for upcoming events for the Marion Voices Folklife & Oral History Project for Summer 2020, when we launch our first community co-curated exhibit planning cycle, focused on Black life, history, & culture in Marion County!
F, 06/19, 5-6:30pm: MARION COUNTY JUNETEENTH 2020 LIVESTREAM CELEBRATION
Join us for Marion County’s 2020 Juneteenth Celebration, organized by the Peace & Freedom Committee & Lion Hearted Entertainments, and co-sponsored by the Marion Voices Folklife + Oral History Project at the Marion County Historical Society! Come commemorate Black freedom struggles past and ongoing as we celebrate Black cultural artists & tradition-bearers across Marion County with a series of moving performances & demonstrations, MC’d by Anthony Marks, Jr. (Lion Hearted Entertainments) & Johnnie L. Jackson (Marion Voices // Marion City Schools). Featuring Marion County or “Marion Made” Black cultural artists LaCosta Mayes, Ms. Harriet Sims, Ms. Jessie Thompson, TaJa McFly & House of Fly, Anthony Marks, Jr., and video submissions from around the community! Friday, June 19th, 2020: 5-6:30pm EST. Zoom link in flyer above; and also available streaming via FacebookLive at the Peace & Freedom Committee + Marion County Historical Society Facebook pages. Show up to recognize histories of Emancipation & freedom struggles & the ongoing work of Emancipation — towards a more just future, in Marion County, & beyond.
R, 12/19: MARION VOICES KICKOFF OPEN HOUSE
Join us on Thursday, December 19th from 3-9pm in the Auditorium at the Marion County Historical Society’s Heritage Hall for our Winter 2019 Marion Voices Kickoff Open-House. Informational presentations will be given at 4pm and 7pm; but feel free to drop by anytime!
The Marion Voices Folklife & Oral History project is a countywide oral history and folklife project focused on Black history, life and culture in Marion County, 1960s-present, and a sister countywide folklife survey focused on the traditional cultural arts of diverse Marion County cultural, ethnic, religious, and geographic communities. From 2019 to 2021, our project will culminate in a series of community co-curated pop-up exhibits, events, and a folklife festival series, amplifying the histories and stories of Marion’s incredible communities — focused, specifically, on the stories and cultural heritage of Marion’s Black, brown, immigrant/newcomer, and rural communities.
Join MCHS Executive Director Brandi Wilson, Project Director Jess Lamar Reece Holler, and Community Coordinator Johnnie Jackson for formal presentations on the project — and how to get involved! — starting at 4pm and again at 7pm; and stop in during the rest of our open house to discuss oral history, folklife, to get involved in our community-collaborative efforts, and help us identify who in your community you’d like to see documented for the project! You can even sign yourself up — we’ll be scheduling interviews for December and January! Our project launches with oral history interviews and a folklife survey in December 2019, following our kickoff. Marion Voices is generously supported by Ohio Humanities and the Ohio Arts Council.