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On Saturday morning, June 19, 2021, the City of Santa Monica will present the 29th Annual Juneteenth Celebration online from 10:30 a.m. – noon, followed by Wade In the Water: A Tiny Film Fest in the evening at Historic Belmar Park from 8 – 10 p.m. These events commemorate America’s second Independence Day, when the Union general in Galveston, Texas read the federal orders of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation proclaiming all previously enslaved people in Texas were free, two years after the adoption of the proclamation.
On the evening of June 19, 2021, from 8 – 10 p.m. at Historic Belmar Park, the City will host Wade in the Water: A Tiny Film Fest. This in-person outdoor screening of short films will celebrate Black culture and its connection to water. The screening will feature the premiere of BELONGING, a Belmar History + Art site-specific dance film honoring African Americans in Santa Monica.
Pre-event activities will include food trucks and music by DJ Moni Vargas. Participants are also encouraged to explore the historic panels and public sculpture, “A Resurrection in Four Stanzas” along the park’s walking path.
The panels and public art, along with the film, BELONGING, were developed as part of the Belmar History + Art project, which commemorates the home of a thriving African American community in the 1950s and honors the legacy of the historic Belmar neighborhood’s contributions to Santa Monica life.
This event will follow LA County Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 protocols. For more information about Wade in the Water: A Tiny Film Fest, including COVID safety guidelines for the event, visit santamonica.gov/historicbelmarpark.
More information about this free community online event is available at www.smgov.net/vapark or by emailing email@example.com or calling 310-458-8688.