We The Arts: Civic Season 2024

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500 cultural and civic institutions across the country are hosting the fourth annual Civic Season between Juneteenth and July 4th, a new summer tradition for learning and action co-designed with Gen Z, the future inheritors of our democracy. Civic Season unites our oldest federal holiday with our newest, going beyond hot dogs and fireworks to invite meaningful reflection on our country’s past and our role in shaping its future. Civic Season builds momentum toward the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

CIVIC SEASON 2024: #WeTheArts

We The Arts: Civic Engagement Through Art is an ArtsEd4All project taking place from June 12 – July 4, in celebration of Civic Season 2024.

JUNETEENTH with Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Saturday, June 15, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Healdsburg Plaza, Corner of Healdsburg Ave and Matheson St, Healdsburg, CA 95448.

Celebrating Juneteenth with a jazz jubilee, the Festival brings a talent-packed triple bill to the Plaza headlined by trombone master Steve Turre, this year’s artist in residence. Instantly recognizable from his almost four-decade tenure in the Saturday Night Live band, Turre gained early attention performing and recording with reed legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk and trumpet great Woody Shaw before earning renown as a prolific bandleader (and pioneer of the conch shells in jazz). The Juneteenth program also features Person2Person, a quintet co-led by tenor sax titan Houston Person and his younger colleague, fiery altoist Eric Person, and pianist Darrell Grant and the MJ New, a band that honors and extends the elegant legacy of the Modern Jazz Quartet. With three stellar bands, the Juneteenth program exemplifies the power of music as a liberational force. 


Educational Area designated in the Healdsburg Plaza during the annual Juneteenth Celebration as part of the festival.

Includes: posters on the history of Juneteenth, activities for children and families and percussion workshops led throughout the day.

Healdsburg Jazz celebrates The Blues and Black Music – from Duke Ellington (b. April 29, 1899) to Samara Joy (b. 1999) to the great Louis Armstrong, who chose to celebrated his birthday each year on the Fourth of July.

Golden Gate Park Band. Photo: Willy Johnson

JUNETEENTH, PRIDE & JULY 4th Concerts with The Golden Gate Park Band

Spreckels Temple of Music (aka the Bandshell in Golden Gate Park – 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (at Music Concourse Drive – btwn. de Young Museum & Academy of Sciences), San Francisco, CA 94118.


San Francisco’s Oldest Musical Organization- Founded in 1882 Continues a New Era of Music for San Francisco and the Bay Area. Featuring over 30 professional musicians, the GGPB performs a wide variety of wind-band music that reflects the culture, traditions, and values of San Francisco and the Bay Area while delighting audiences of all ages and interests. For Info and a complete schedule visit https://goldengateparkband.org

Sunday, June 16, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – Juneteenth and Father’s Day – Featuring Music of African American Composers and Artists.

Program to include works of Katahj Copley, William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Duke Ellington, Omar Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Kevin Day, Scott Joplin and more.

Sunday, June 30, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – PRIDE: A Musical Celebration.

Featuring works of LGBTQ Composers.

Thursday, July 4, 2024 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – A Red, White & Band Independence Day Celebration of American Music.

Del Sol Quartet. Photo: AFW Productions

Music & Migration with Del Sol Quartet

Saturday, June 15, 2024, at 11:30 AM 12:30 PM in the Angel Island Immigration Station Detention Barracks Museum.

FREE with admission to the museum. $5 adult /$3 youth. Requires a ferry ride!

Featuring Takuma Itoh’s “American Postcards – Picture Brides”

Come experience the multi-faceted experience of Angel Island in its first-ever concert series. From with the detention barracks at the immigration, explore music and stories of the many communities who have connections to the island and its history.Experience beautiful day on the island, a richness of history, an exploration of the darkness and also the hope that the island represented.

PODCAST: Sounds Current: Angel Island with Del Sol

One of four podcasts nominated for the Independent Audio Nonfiction Award at The Tribeca Festival 2024 Sounds Current introduces audiences to the story of Angel Island. Here, the whispers of poems carved into the immigration station walls by detainees ripple across time, connecting that shameful, hidden past to our current immigration debate. We meet the creatives behind The Angel Island Project, the haunting, beautiful collaboration between the Del Sol Quartet and composer Huang Ruo, which weaves together poetry and music in a poignant, powerful expression of history, hope, and humanity.

Film Screening: Paper Angels (1985)

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Clarion Performing Arts Center, 2 Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA 94108, USA

Tickets: $10

Film screening & Q&A with Genny Lim, playwright of the award-winning drama and co-author of Island: Poetry & History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, which documents the poems carved on the walls of the immigration Station on Angel Island.

This rarely seen 1985 American Playhouse television adaptation of Genny Lim’s ground-breaking play Paper Angels directed by John Lone, features an all-star cast in searing performances by Victor Wong, Beulah Quo, James Hong, Joan Chen and Rosalind Chao and others.

Beulah Quo as Chin Moo in Paper Angels. Photo: Mitzi Trumbo

Read the Chinese American Contributions to Art and Film Essay from The Asian American Education Project to learn more about the contributions of Chinese American artists such as actors Anna May Wong and Beulah Quo, who starred in the 1985 American Playhouse television adaptation of Paper Angels.

“Few people outside of the Asian American community had any familiarity with the long and complex history of Asians in America. Paper Angels, a 1985 American Playhouse TV production, was very significant, for it provided an opportunity for Asian American actors to participate in a quality production focusing on the Asian American experience. Beulah portrayed Chin Moo, an immigrant being held in the immigration station barracks on Angel Island, the San Francisco port of entry. Drawing upon her understanding of the experiences of some of her own relatives who passed through Angel Island, Beulah gave an intense performance that captured the determination, hope, and fears of these immigrants. In doing so she educated television viewers to the dehumanizing detention of thousands of Chinese immigrants in Angel Island.”

— from the Asian American Education Project lesson entitled, “Breaking the Color Line in Hollywood: Beulah Ong Kwoh, Actor” 


There’s more to explore!

Read the Civic Season Report: The Art of Changemaking for more about ArtsEd4All’s participation in Civic Season.

We The Arts: Civic Season 2022 * AIDS MEMORIAL QUILT in Golden Gate Park * A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks * JUNETEENTH Celebration in the Healdsburg Plaza * Oakland First Fridays * The Last Hoisan Poets: A Tribute to Hung Liu * SAN FRANCISCO: “The City Is The Campus”

We The Arts: Civic Season 2023 * JUNETEENTH at Healdsburg Jazz * Imagining “TOMORROW” with DWeb Camp * “A Place for Poetry” with The Last Hoisan Poets * Ruth Asawa & San Francisco’s Public Art

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