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Segerstrom Center for the Arts honors freedom during first Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth celebration, Freedom in Full Bloom. Courtesy graphic.
Juneteenth Celebration, Freedom in Full Bloom. Courtesy graphic.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation at California State University, Fullerton is holding its first Juneteenth Celebration – Freedom in Full Bloom – on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, Saturday, June 19 from 3-7 pm. The afternoon will include interactive activities and artistic performances that celebrate Black innovation and resilience, including a poetry reading hosted by bridgette bianca; a creative gardening workshop with KayJo Creatives; as well as music and food vendors.

Juneteenth has become a day to commemorate the freedom of African Americans from slavery. On June 19,1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to inform enslaved people about President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued on January 1, 1863. The news didn’t reach Texas until two years later, and this discrepancy has been part of the ongoing conversation about what it means to be free in the United States. Juneteenth is an important opportunity to gain a better understanding of the impact of racial slavery in the United States.

The activities on the Argyros Plaza are being curated by Dr. Natalie Graham, Director of the Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation at CSUF, along with historical consultation by Dr. Jamila Moore Pewu, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and New Media in History at CSUF. Dr Moore Pewu will share additional educational resources for community members through the Center’s social media channels.

Tickets to Freedom in Full Bloom: Juneteenth Celebration are $10 per pod, with each pod accommodating up to six people.


The Center’s outdoor presentations on the Argyros Plaza comply with government recommendations for Orange County’s current tier status. Masks must be worn by all guests upon check-in and until they arrive at their assigned space. Contactless check-in will include wellness and touchless temperature checks. Hand sanitizer stations will be accessible throughout the Argyros Plaza.

The safety and confidence of patrons, artists and crews, volunteers and staff are among our primary concerns. Guided by the Board of Directors’ ad hoc Re-opening and Medical Advisory committees and members of senior leadership, the Center has engaged in exhaustive research, focusing on a strategy and operational plans that would allow it to welcome the community back as soon as state and local governments gave the green light.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts applauds its corporate partner, United Airlines, Official Airline.

This article was released by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.