According to historian Mitch Kachun, Juneteenth celebrations today are meant to celebrate, to educate, and to agitate.

We are honored to launch this online exhibit on the same day that President Biden signed a bill to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday, and just two days after the very first Juneteenth proclamation was read during a Dripping Springs City Council meeting.

 

Artists were invited to use any of the following art themes for their work:

  • Juneteenth Freedom - Diverse historic and current representations of freedom.

  • Juneteenth Justice - Imagery for connecting Juneteenth with “good trouble” transformative justice: Black Lives Matter, social justice, critical race theory, voting rights, etc.

  • Juneteenth Pioneers - Honoring our Black community elders and leaders who helped create our Hays County celebrations.

  • Juneteenth Gatherings - Celebration imagery of the food, the music, the beauty of Black cultureand  the spirit of Juneteenth.

  • Juneteenth Love - Why I love Juneteenth and /or what it means to me.

Thank you / gracias to all of the artists from Texas, Arkansas, and Iowa who participated in this first Juneteenth art exhibit organized by Arte Sana and the Dripping Springs Community - Empowering Positive Change group.