Juneteenth Community Celebration
Monday, June 19
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Event details coming soon


Special thanks to our presenting sponsor:


This program was made possible, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose.

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Highlights from Previous Events:


We celebrated African-American culture together with our partner, Silicon Valley African Film Festival (SVAFF) in 2022. We watched a variety of animated short films, found our rhythm during a drumming workshop, and caught the beat by making our very own drum to practice at home. We discovered the vast richness of the African Diaspora through a mix of shorts created for children by seasoned and emerging filmmakers that ran throughout the day.

Master Drummer Pope Flyne, a Ghanaian-born performer, composer, and educator led a drumming workshop and invited us to try our hands at some traditional African drums. Then we topped off the day by making your own percussion instrument!

make a drum

Silicon Valley African Film Festival Selections



8 minutes
Director: Claire Grim
Country: USA
Recoiled is a 3D animated short that tells the story of two young African American sisters. Kailli’s hair is so curly that it has a life of its own. With the help of her young sister, Kalli quickly discovers that being true to one another and to themselves is far more important that conforming to social norms of beauty and peer pressure to fit in.



5 minutes
Director: Aloïs Agboglo
Country: Benin
Souleyman is a little boy, a fan of a superhero who saves people in danger in the city.


The Boy and The Jazz

3 minutes
Director: Flavio dos Santos
Country: Brazil
The Boy and The Jazz tells the story of a boy who is in love with music and dreams of owning a trumpet so he can become a jazz musician. When he realizes that the price of the instrument is higher than he can afford, he feels frustrated, but then he starts looking for ways to achieve his goals.



Silicon Valley African Film Festival
Africa through the African lens!
13th annual SVAFF, October 13-16, 2022

Silicon Valley African Film Festival