African-American Artistry, Join the Celebration!

Black History Month 2016 is off to an amazing start. It is very refreshing to work for an employer who provides space for their employees to celebrate their heritage and invite the community to share in the celebration as well. Our theme this year is “Celebrating a Century of African-American Art & Culture” where we have sought to recognize the accomplishments of African-Americans by way of visual arts, performing arts, fashion, music and education.

February 1st was a big day as Target hosted “unchARTed”, an event that brought together community dignitaries, young leaders, and everyone in between to celebrate and discuss how African-Americans have influenced the American experience. Target Chairman and CEO, Brian Cornell kicked the morning off, and disclosed that September 24th will be the opening date of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), where he serves on the advisory board. We heard from Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director of NMAAHC who proved to be a phenomenal storyteller and gave us a peek into what it’s been like to create the next landmark on the National Mall. The morning also featured a panel discussion moderated by journalist Michelle Norris featuring Lonnie Bunch, Lou and Sarah Bellamy, founders of the Penumbra Theater, and Caroline Wanga, Vice-President of Diversity & Inclusion at Target.

Throughout the month of February artwork from local artists, pieces from Target’s Black History Month assortment, and fashion from past African-American design partnerships will be on display at Target Headquarters. To mark the opening of this exhibit, we hosted a Gallery Opening & Fashion Show which featured the local artists, the band #MPLS, and singer/songwriter Ashley DuBose.

Community and Wellness are important strategies for Target as well as for the employee resource groups such as the African-American Business Council. We spent the morning of February 8th, African-American Parent Involvement Day, at a local elementary school where we read books from our assortment and lead various activities and games. Later in the month Toni Sands of TU Dance will share her journey as a former Alvin Ailey dancer and conduct a short dance class.

It’s been a fun month so far and I look forward to continuing the conversation and celebrating amazing contributions of African-Americans.

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14 Replies to “African-American Artistry, Join the Celebration!”

  1. Design n sell more HipHop,countryWestern,Asian,Hispanic clothing,askDisney for their clothes African Clothing look nice n casual ,Children clothing summer n swim wear tv shows are popular adults pro teams clothes ,thank you Ron contact me any time,older people older singers like FrankSinatra, all races must talk n get along trust n Unity we are brothers n sisters in the eys of the lord

  2. Ritered train operator who worked 15 years in post office worked gertz department store for a few months in stock while going to school

  3. Monee, Thank you for celebrating Black History Month at Target. Your contribution will go a long way to making certain that African American and Afro Caribbean communities and their contributions are remembered and celebrated as American history. Again, thank you for your commitment!

  4. What are the range of salaries/hourly pay or where can it be found. I would look to know all the salient information before I apply. Please advise. Thank you!

  5. Hello,

    Salary/hourly pay is determined by a number of factors, including position, experience, and location. If you are interested in position at one of our locations, we encourage you to apply!


  6. I was glad to hear that Target was celebrating Black History Month with us this year. I never ed found the time to come in a store to see what was going on but many many friend told me. The things that I wished I had the opportunity to purchase was tee shirts for my 12 month old son… looking to see if you have any still on sell

  7. Was there any artwork or anything displayed in retail stores to show customers Target is supporting Black History Month?

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