Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, the Southampton Arts Center will host a special day Sunday, July 26 to celebrate unity and support the diverse members of the local African American and Afro Indigenous community.

“Unity Fest” is presented with Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational CenterEastville Community Historical Society, and Southampton African American Museum

The event will include live performances on the outdoor stage from Certain Moves, Winston Irie and Selective Security Band, and Project Vibe, additional music on the lawn between concerts, representation from numerous organizations, retailers, food vendors, inspiring speakers, art projects, and a special educational and eye-opening installation in the studio.

The goal is for the community to come together for equality and social justice. Guests are expected to wear face masks and follow established social distancing protocol.

The free event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. The rain date is Saturday, Aug. 1.

Unity Fest is sponsored by Mara Burros Sandler with additional Support by Lisa and Richard Perry and Artist Hospitality provided by Citarella.

Schedule of Events

Entertainment Schedule:


12 to 1 p.m.: Certain Moves (on Stage)
1 to 1:45 p.m.: Dwayne Kerr on Jazz Flute (on the Lawn)
2 to 3 p.m.: Winston Irie & Selective Security Band (on Stage)
3 to 3:45 p.m.: Yacouba Sissoko on Kora (on the Lawn)
4 to 5 p.m.: Project Vibe (on Stage)


11:45 AM: Welcome Address – Amy Kirwin of Southampton Arts Center, Brenda Simmons of Southampton African American Museum, and Dr. Georgette Grier-Key of Eastville Historical Society

11:50 AM: Trevon Jenkins and either CC Highsmith or Ariana Dozier of Long Island United Youth

1:45 PM: Paul Jeffers of Bridgehampton Childcare and Rec. Center, Minerva Perez of OLA, & Billy Moss of the NAACP

3:45 PM: Community Organizers Travis Wilkins and Lisa Votino and Larry Street of NAACP Eastern Long Island Chapter


7:40 PM: Singing of LIFT EVERY VOICE & SING performed by Tanisha Wingfield-Highsmith


Moderator: Dr. Georgette Grier Key

Panelists: Filmmakers Orson and Ben Cummings, Coach Carl, Willie Jenkins, and Brenda Simmons

8:40 PM: SCREENING OF KILLER BEES (2017 | 85 min.)

Dedicated to Bobby Hopson

*For those who can’t attend, the movie is available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.

Space is Limited – Advance Reservations strongly encouraged:

CLICK to Reserve.

Throughout the Day

Attendees can draw pictures/write messages of hope and unity on a large vinyl banner donated by Fisher Signs to be displayed in one of the arches at the front of SAC on completion

Smith’s Seafood and More Soul Food Truck
Ice Cream Truck
South Fork Bakery


  • NAACP Eastern Long Island, Voter Registration/Census, Eastville Historical Society
  • Southampton African American Museum
  • Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center
  • Zenith Youth Group – Willie Jenkins
  • Travis Wilkins – Prayer and Spiritual Guidance
  • Plain Sight Project
  • LI United Youth
  • East End Against Hate
  • TJM & Co. Media Boutique


  • Tavia Jeffries – wine glasses and lip scrub/lip gloss
  • Madu Handmade Soaps – Nylejah Green and Tiana Grampus
  • Hair Braiding by Kristine Goree
  • Canio’s Books

Due to social distancing regulations, capacity will be limited and closely monitored at all times. Space is limited for the screening of Killer Bees, and advance reservations are recommended.


If you’re planning to attend a program or visit the galleries, please review this section so you know how to prepare, what to expect, and all that we’re doing to make your visit safe and enjoyable in accordance with NYS and CDC Guidelines for the health of our community during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In the interest of your personal safety and community health, Southampton Arts Center requires that all visitors observe the precautions listed below. SAC reserves the right to request that visitors who do not follow these guidelines leave the premises.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By visiting Southampton Arts Center’s galleries and grounds, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


  • If you don’t feel well, have symptoms, or have had contact with a COVID-19 patient in the previous 14 days prior to your visit, please stay home and seek care.


  • All visitors over 2 years old must wear a mask.
  • Follow direction of gallery staff and signage throughout your visit.
  • No outside food or beverages allowed at the galleries at any time.


  • Throughout your stay, please maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between you and other groups or individuals and wear face masks at all times.
  • You will find hand sanitizer stations throughout the gallery and grounds.
  • Restrooms are available to visitors, one at a time.
  • When on the grounds, please continue to follow physical distancing guidelines and wear masks when less than 6 feet apart.
  • Wear your masks during outdoor programs. You may remove them when you are seated in your space, or when eating or drinking. If you leave your area for any reason, you must wear your mask.
  • Bathrooms will not be available during outdoor programs.


  • SAC will not provide seating for programs, so please bring your own chairs and blankets.
  • Look for tall orange markers on the grounds to help guide you to an available spot to set up.
  • If your group is more than 5 people, you must set up at multiple market spots.
  • Staff will be available to help guests find a safely distanced spot on the grounds.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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