Martinsville, Virginia


Celebrate Black History Month At Piedmont Arts

This February, Piedmont Arts is proud to celebrate African-American culture and heritage in Martinsville and Henry County. Join us for these events, featuring folk tales, literature and performances by African American artists.

Donna Washington


African Tales Family Day with Storyteller Donna Washington

Enjoy snacks, games and African tales by storyteller and author, Donna Washington. Washington performs all over the country at festivals, schools and libraries. Her many storytelling recordings have received Parents' Choice Awards and Storytelling World Awards among other accolades.

Saturday, Feb 1
2 - 4 pm • Piedmont Arts
Admission Free


Twenty-Fifth National African American Read-In

Join Piedmont Arts for a celebration of African American authors as the museum participates in the Twenty-Fifth National African American Read-In. Community members will read excepts from books, stories and poems by African American authors and guests are invited to enjoy snacks and refreshments.

Saturday, Feb 8
2 - 4 pm • Piedmont Arts
Admission Free Mike Wiley


One Noble Journey: A Box Marked Freedom

This riveting one-person play performed by Mike Wiley tells the true story of Henry "Box" Brown, a slave from Louisa County, Virginia, who escaped bondage by mailing himself to freedom in a small wooden box. Brown's life unfolds like a Mark Twain adventure-perilous and somber at times, while humorous and heroic throughout.


Monday, Feb 10
7 pm • Black Box Theatre
$15 Adults • $10 Students
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Piedmont Arts remains admission free through the membership support of people like you!

215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, Virginia 24112