Shuffle along to Karamu…virtually that Is

Free virtual concert available all of Black History Month

By: Trinity Stevens

The Karamu House on East 89th Street has been serving the greater Cleveland community for over 100 years. While their in-person venue remains closed because of the pandemic, Karamu continues to live up to its mission: “producing professional theatre, providing arts education, and presenting programs for all people while honoring the African American experience.”

The nation’s oldest Black Theatre offers free virtual programming for the entire month of February, From: Karamu House facebook page

In honor of Black History month, the Karamu House has a variety of programming available through online platforms. Most all of this programming is free to the public, however advanced online registration is usually required. Such programming includes activities like African dance, line dance, and hip hop workshops, and interactive storytelling sessions. 

Most notably, though, Karamu House, in partnership with the Musical Theatre Project, will offer a virtual concert of the musical “Shuffle Along.” This performance and historical presentation will be available for streaming the entire month of February.

Karamu House played an influential part in the evolution of the arts scene for African Americans, as did the musical “Shuffle Along.” So, what better way of celebrating Black History month than by watching a concert from the first entirely African American performed musical, brought to you by America’s oldest black theatre? If you are interested in more information about the Karamu House, upcoming events, or how to register, please visit their website.