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UPCOMING EVENTS AT FORT MONROE

Take a look at the list of upcoming events and you’re sure to find lots to do. From movie nights and lantern tours to seasonal concerts and sporting events, there’s something for everyone. Join us for one of the following events or host your own.

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Fort Monroe programs and events are presented through a collaboration of the Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service. Events are subject to change without notice. All programs and events are free of charge, unless indicated otherwise. Some programs and events require pre-registration.


Apr
27
Tue
Virtual Event–Freedom Run Sign Up
Apr 27 – Jul 8 all-day

Let’s Go! Registration is now open for the Fort Monroe 5K or 1.3 mile Freedom Run. Participants will receive a virtual custom race bib, a Fort Monroe Freedom Run Medal, a water bottle, a t-shirt, and a Fort Monroe athletic bag! We are encouraging you to participate safely and responsibly. As a virtual run, it is not a requirement to participate at Fort Monroe, or during a certain time of day. Please find a location and a time that is comfortable and convenient for you! Also please be safe and mindful no matter where you are of road conditions, other people and your surroundings. Again, registration is open until July 8 and you may run from July 1 through July 28.

As a part of our new July programing and connected to our new virtual forum series, “Evolution of Freedom,” the Fort Monroe Authority wants to encourage you to think about the question “How do you express your freedom through music?” Freedom is many things to many people. The National Center for Freedom at Fort Monroe is striving to gain an understanding of these many personal, different and broad meanings. As you run we hope you will think about how music may bring you a sense of freedom and motivation. When you have completed your run, and are virtually logging your time, we will give you the opportunity to share with us your thoughts on freedom and the songs which help you to most express your own freedom.

Jun
17
Thu
Public Meeting–Board of Trustees Virtual Meeting @ Virtual Meeting
Jun 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Agenda and documents

This meeting will be conducted using an electronic process due to the COVID-19 state of emergency and as a precaution to reduce the risk and spread of the COVID-19. Members of the public are invited to address the FMA Board of Trustees with written comments. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, interested persons may submit written comments to the FMA in advance of the meeting by email to dswiney@fortmonroe.org. Each comment will be limited to three minutes. All comments must be received by noon on June 16, 2021. These written comments will be read by the Board Secretary at the meeting during the public comment period and included in the official record.

Jun
24
Thu
Free Virtual Event–Evolution of Freedom-Music: Pride in Jazz @ Virtual Public Program
Jun 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Join the Fort Monroe Authority and Fort Monroe National Monument for a dynamic performance and discussion with renowned jazz pianist multi-award winning, Fred Hersch and GRAMMY-nominated songstress and storyteller, Chaney Sims. Dr. Stephanie Doktor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Colorado College will guide us in a discussion of their music as we explore together how we can hear inequality in music and how the Evolution of FREEDOM has impacted and continues to impact the world of Jazz Music!

The Evolution of Freedom series seeks to expand our understanding of themes of freedom through the exploration of shared national and international narratives, and expressions of collective memory through the arts.

About the artists

Fred Hersch
Mr. Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improvisor, composer, and recording artist. With over 50 albums to his credit, he is a 15-time GRAMMY award nominee who continues to earn jazz’s most prestigious awards, including recent distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and 2019 Jazz Pianist of the Year from the Jazz Journalists Association. For two decades Hersch has been a passionate spokesman and fund-raiser for AIDS services and education agencies. He has produced and performed on four benefit recordings and in numerous concerts for charities including Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. To date, his efforts have raised more than $300,000. He has also been a keynote speaker and performer at international medical conferences in the U.S. and Europe. A committed educator, Hersch has taught at New England Conservatory, The Juilliard School, The New School and The Manhattan School of Music. He is currently a Visiting Artist at Rutgers University. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Grinnell College and Northern Kentucky University. Hersch’s influence has been widely felt on a new generation of jazz pianists, from former students Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson to his colleague Jason Moran, who has said, “Fred at the piano is like LeBron James on the basketball court. He’s perfection.”

Chaney Sims
Chaney Sims is from Queens, NYC and was raised listening to old school R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz and Worksongs. Steeped in these musical traditions, Chaney is dedicated to sharing their significance; revamping classics to reflect her experiences as a queer woman of color; and telling her story. Chaney has been nominated for a GRAMMY award, as well as two Blues Music Awards, with the Heritage Blues Orchestra (H.B.O.) for their debut album, And Still I Rise, an international collaboration that honors African-American roots music. She has also received an Award of Distinction from the Fresh Fruit Festival for her performance in tribute to LGBTQ Jazz greats at Joe’s Pub. Chaney is honored to perform at venues around the world and to share the stage with amazing artists who incite and inspire, including Staceyann Chin, Phylicia Rashad, Keb’ Mo’, Selah Sue, Ruthie Foster, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, recording legend Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Guy Davis and the late Odetta.

About our moderator

Dr. Stephanie Doktor
Dr. Doktor is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, CO. She was the Raymond C. Morales Post-doctoral Fellow in Jazz & Gender Studies at the University of Utah from 2017 to 2019. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical and Comparative Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Musicology and Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. She presents regularly at national conferences including the annual meetings for the Society of American Music and the American Musicological Society. Her most recent publication “Finding Florence Mills: The Voice of the Harlem Jazz Queen in the Compositions of William Grant Still and Edmund Thornton Jenkins” is forthcoming in the Journal for the Society of American Music. She is also finalizing an article manuscript entitled “How a White Supremacist Became Famous for His Concert Jazz: John Powell’s Rhapsodie Nègre (1918).”



Jul
8
Thu
Special Event -Music By The Bay Summer Concert @ Continental Park
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Music by the Bay is back! Join us for our free concert in Continental Park. Tonight’s performers are the USAF Rhythm in Blue (Jazz Band). In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Fort Monroe Theatre located at 41 Tidball Road.

Jul
13
Tue
Special Event–Paint Night! Independence Unbridled @ Fort Monroe Arsenal Building
Jul 13 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

In our month long celebration of Independence we are hosting two (2) Paint Nights! Join us on July 13th and /or July 27th for an evening of art and fun. Our experienced painter will guide you through the painting process to create your own masterpiece!

In person attendance is limited to 15 participants and the cost is $20 per person. You can join at home and follow along virtually! T

You’ll purchase your paint kit ($30 per person) and we’ll mail it out to you. Virtual participation registration ends July 1 to allow for shipping time. There is an additional charge to cover shipping for virtual participants.

If you join us in person your kit will be set-up on location for you.

We look forward to celebrating with you in July!

Jul
15
Thu
Special Event -Music By The Bay Summer Concert @ Continental Park
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Music by the Bay is back! Join us for our free concert in Continental Park. Tonight’s performers are the 380th Army Band of Fort Eustis. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Fort Monroe Theatre located at 41 Tidball Road.

Jul
22
Thu
Special Event -Music By The Bay Summer Concert @ Continental Park
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Music by the Bay is back! Join us for our free concert in Continental Park. The performers will be announced soon for this date. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Fort Monroe Theatre located at 41 Tidball Road.

Jul
24
Sat
Special Event–Touch a Truck! Independence Unbridled @ Parking area
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Join us here at Fort Monroe for a morning of military vehicles and interactive activities for all ages!

You will get to see and interact with military vehicles, some which have served oversees, up close. Members of ROTC from Army Transportation will be sharing an exhibit on the life of a soldier and the Fort Monroe Authority will be sharing its own history of military transportation and it’s impact from right here on the Fort.

There is a limited capacity for the event, so please sign up for a time-slot.

We look forward to seeing you for the Independence Unbridled Touch a Truck Day!

Jul
29
Thu
Special Event -Music By The Bay Summer Concert @ Continental Park
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Music by the Bay is back! Join us for our free concert in Continental Park. The performers for this evening are the USN Fleet Forces Concert Band. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Fort Monroe Theatre located at 41 Tidball Road.

Sep
16
Thu
Public Meeting–Board of Trustees Annual Meeting @ Fort Monroe Theatre
Sep 16 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm