June German Ball Mural at Fayette Square

53 Fayette Street
Martinsville, VA 24112
Region Southern Virginia
Locality Martinsville City
Piedmont Arts: (276) 632-3221
Email bmoore@piedmontarts.org
Website piedmontarts.org/page.cfm

The June German Ball mural, located on Martinsville's historic Fayette Street, celebrates the vibrant culture and heritage of the Fayette Street area.

The mural depicts a fictional scene from one of Martinsville's famed June German Balls, which were popular within the African American community in the early part of the 20th century. These balls were held yearly, in the heat of June, and featured celebrated entertainers from the Jazz age like Jimmie Lunceford & His Dance Orchestra, who performed at the event in 1938.

Martinsville's June German Balls are a point of pride for the community and have become legend amongst local residents—whether or not they ever actually attended an event.

The June German Ball mural was designed and painted by Abigail Kieselbach and Briana Amos, interns participating in the New College Institute's summer internship program; local artists Charles Hill, Iris Gillispie and Lex Hairston; Piedmont Arts intern, Ally Sneed; New College Institute's Coordinator of Experimental Learning, Katie Croft; and Piedmont Arts' Director of Marketing, Communications and Design, Bernadette Moore.

The mural is part of Piedmont Arts' public art program and was funded by New College Institute and the City of Martinsville. For more on the museum's public arts program, visit www.PiedmontArts.org.

Last Updated: 8/1/2014 11:11 AM
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