Two team members at L.A.-based agency Zambezi, Angela Wells and Tommy Dunn, have created a website to help people find things to do on Juneteenth.
It started when Wells, a social content producer at Zambezi, wanted to inspire her team to experience Juneteenth in a meaningful way, appealing to anyone, from those who wanted to be outside and be active or learn more about the holiday from their own home, no matter their location.
To make it come to life, Wells partnered with the agency’s senior developer, Dunn, to create an interactive site that allows for people to select how they’d like to celebrate and honor the Juneteenth holiday.
The website is now live, and while it’s geared to those who live in Los Angeles and Minneapolis, where the agency has offices, it has options for remote folks as well. Wells wanted to share it beyond Zambezi to provide people with a guide for how to spend their day off.
On the site, users are given the option to decide if they’d like to spend their weekend inside or outside. They then continue their journey by answering a series of different questions based on their personal preferences. The first question is: Do you want to eat, play or learn? From there, the interactive journey allows you to choose sweet or savory dining options, live or online events, or educational articles, podcasts and films.
“While my primary intention in creating this site was to bring this to all of us at Zambezi, I realized that we can help a broader audience build a personalized Juneteenth experience that provides not just learning opportunities, but also some fun experiences that help us all celebrate the richness of Black culture,” said Wells in a statement.
The site was developed as a working reference, so it can continue to be updated even after the 2023 Juneteenth celebrations conclude as a way for people to better access new places to try and/or ways to support Black-owned businesses, events, authors and creators.