macys.jpegromare_bearden.jpegNEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE/BLACK PR WIRE) — The Macy’s department store is celebrating Black History Month with special events and exhibits dedicated to famed artist Romare Bearden.

In conjunction with the Romare Bearden Foundation, Macy’s is honoring the rich history and legacy of the artist, writer and musician in celebration of the year’s 100th anniversary of his birth.

Exhbits will take place at 11 Macy’s locations nationwide, including Macy’s Aventura, where it will open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, and run through Sunday, Feb. 19.

They will be supplemented by works from artists influenced and inspired by Bearden. The opening reception will further highlight Bearden’s artistic endeavors, including music that will feature performances by a new generation of jazz musicians playing his compositions.

At the reception, customers will have an opportunity to receive a 15 percent off community shopping pass and a $10 Macy’s gift card. Additionally, with a purchase of $50 or more, customers can get a printed scarf featuring Romare Bearden’s most revered work, The Lamp.

Macy’s is also offering an opportunity to enter a contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Paris, which was Bearden’s beloved city and the inspiration for his work on the project, Paris Blues Revisited. Visit Macy’s Aventura or for contest rules.

Additional in-store celebrations will include children’s collage-making events, special readings of Bearden’s children’s book Li’l Dan, The Drummer Boy: A Civil War Story, as well as cooking demonstrations by local chefs featuring Bearden’s favorite recipes and Caribbean dishes from the out-of-print cookbook Ma Chance’s French Caribbean Creole Cooking which he illustrated.

Romare Howard Bearden’s life was marked by the pursuit of art in all of its forms. A prolific creator, his works encompassed art, music, design, history and literature. He experimented with different media and artistic styles but is best known for his richly textured collages.

“Macy’s is thrilled to partner with the Romare Bearden Foundation in celebration of the life and work of one of America’s preeminent artists,” said Dineen Garcia, Macy’s vice-president of Diversity Strategies.

 “Every year, as we honor the contributions of African Americans with our Black History Month events, we hope to empower a new generation through a look back at some of our nation’s most important leaders. Throughout his life, Romare Bearden brought his exceptional talents to a wide range of interests, cementing his unique place in history and blazing a trail for those who followed,” Garcia said.