WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 9, 2021) – The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is honoring the contributions of Black Americans to Downtown West Palm Beach this Black History Month through a series of virtual events and offerings. The centerpiece of their 2021 celebration is the series “Black Art Matters,” or “B.A.M.” which highlights the talents of young black artists in the local community every Wednesday in February. 

“According to U.S. Census data, more than one-third of West Palm Beach’s current population identifies as Black, so it’s important that we support, promote and amplify our talented Black artists during Black History Month” said Tiffany Faublas, DDA Marketing Director. “This year we retooled our focus to virtual events in order to provide programming as we continue to keep safe during the pandemic. Having the artists perform in Downtown West Palm Beach allows viewers to have a more in-person approach we hope they would enjoy.”  

Throughout the month, the Downtown West Palm Beach Facebook page will premiere a new “B.A.M.” video every Wednesday at 7 p.m. These videos will showcase emerging local artists in action as they paint, play and perform at iconic spots Downtown.  

“With so many theaters and other performing art spaces closed for almost a year now, an opportunity to perform for my hometown was a welcomed change of pace,” said Meecah, a Palm Beach-born actress and singer currently cast in “Hamilton.” “COVID-19 has been hard for all artists, but it’s been an especially difficult year for Black artists, many of whom have deep connections to the Black Live Matters movement.”  

Meecah’s performance will stream on February 10. Other artists include DJ INlighten, Rashad Ian Reckley and Tracy Guiteau. A full list of performers is available online at  DowntownWPB.com/BAM.

In addition to “B.A.M.” the DDA is also highlighting historical contributions by the Black community to Downtown, as well as existing Black-Owned Businesses. The Mandel Public Library is also hosting a series of virtual and on-site activities ranging from an African Drumming class to author discussions. All of this information can be found on the DDA’s websiteDowntownWPB.com/BlackHistoryMonth. 

About the Downtown Development Authority 
The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities. 

For more information about the DDA or Downtown West Palm Beach, please visit DowntownWPB.com or call the DDA at (561) 833-8873.