Our Festival Villages
The following are some of the most popular cultural, educational, and fun experiences for our festival attendees:
Celebrating & commemorating our local history, the Historical Village provides an intimate look into the culture, heritage and traditions of African Americans in Baltimore County. Visitors enjoy dynamic programming, enlightening exhibits, a photographic display of African American life captured in close to 8,000 photos, and featured talks from local and national speakers. Over the years, the Historic Village has touted displays and interactions with the Baltimore Chapter of the Buffalo soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, and Veterans of Baltimore County. Historian Louis S. Diggs, author of African American Communities and life in Baltimore County, has played an integral role in the development of this village.
The Education Village is presented each year to showcase programs and initiatives that provide opportunities for African American youth. Participating exhibitors provide information about educational opportunities available in and around Baltimore County. This village presents a student forum where youth discuss real life issues they face and identify solutions. Additional popular attractions to this village are STEM related activities and a spelling bee. Educational resources for Pre-K to graduate school students are available, and representatives from colleges (with an emphasis on HBCUs), vocational, and technical schools participate in this village. Continental breakfast is provided for the first 100 registered. Prizes and giveaways are presented to the scholars and their parents or guardians.
HEALTH & WELLNESS VILLAGE
As a community, we must place a greater emphasis on our well-being. This village focuses on health education and screenings, healthy eating, exercise, mental health and a host of other related topics. Over the years, we have provided on-site, non-invasive health screenings, seated massages, and health prevention exhibits sponsored by local Baltimore County agencies and community-based organizations. Past partners have included GBMC, Medstar Health, LifeBridge Health, Merritt Athletic Clubs and many more. Festival attendees are encouraged to participate in the Free Zumba and Line Dance Classes near this village and register for the 2nd Annual BCAACF 5K Run / Walk.
CHILDREN’S CHAMPION ZONE
As a family-friendly event, the Children’s Champion Zone was designed to engage the children in mental and physical enrichment throughout the course of the festival. In The Zone, youth participate in face painting, arts and crafts, the moon bounce and a host of other fun and engaging activities.