What’s New?

If you missed the first of four concerts celebrating Black music to benefit Eko Ise, we’re sorry. But you can buy the CD!!

All proceeds go to Eko Ise.

The Charlottesville Players Guild’s mission is to ensure a safe space for Black artists to learn, expand and grow.

Starting February 1, 2020 we’re offering a course on the Black Theatrical Voice.

The Black Theatrical Voice in Western, American theater is often drowned out. Though misunderstood, appropriated, or altogether abandoned, the notion that Black theater is inherently different than Western theater is still true. Many may know the works of August Wilson, but they may not be aware of how his work was influenced by other Black culture and plays that came before him, nor how Wilson’s work has influenced more modern Black theater. This class is for those in the theater community who seek to educate themselves about the wide range of Black theater through the themes and eyes of August Wilson, including acting approach, play history and performance, and–perhaps most importantly–maintaining the integrity of Black culture within white theatrical spaces.

Instructors: Ti Ames and Leslie Scott-Jones
Time: 2-4 pm every other Saturday
Dates: Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Saturday, April 11, 2020 (6 Classes)
Location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Room 207

Frank Walker Carving Auction

Frank Walker, Local Artist

Before drawing, Frank Walker interviews his subjects to identify the quintessential piece of their biography that will result in the rendering of a true likeness. In his exhibitions his use of materials and drawing techniques explore the relationship between high and low art. Highly worked precise drawings is exactly what we asked from him for the piano in The Piano Lesson.

Walker received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions most recently in 2012 at the McGuffey Art Center. His paintings and drawings can be found in numerous private collections.

Frank Walker created the carvings below from pictures of the cast. You can bid on these to take a little piece of the show home with you.

Bidding starts at $75 each. Poppa Willie Boy has been sold!

The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center bridges the social and cultural gaps that can lead to a divided city. Through our exhibitions, k-12 programs, lecture series, and public events, JSAAHC:

  • Allows visitors to consider how untold narratives impact the efficacy of America’s founding principles.
  • Serves as an incubator of resources and research for questions of race relations in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Adds a unique and essential dimension to the cultural diversity of the City of Charlottesville.
  • Transforms our collective understandings of our past in order to effectively step into our future.