City Wide Kwanzaa Cultural Festival

The Grady County Fine Arts Project, Inc and Event Coordinator Rev. Janet Simmons-Stuart are preparing for Grady County’s Second City-wide Kwanzaa Festival. Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration of people of African origin, their contributions to their community, their country and throughout the world. It is traditionally observed from December 26 - January 1st. However, we have chosen Black History Month as the time to introduce/present this cultural experience to the community. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2012, from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. This year, the celebration will be held in two central locations off Hwy 111. at Bethlehem A.M.E Church at 412 2nd St. SW and Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, at 310 4th. Ave SW. Our vendors and Showcase-Talent will be in the parking lots and workshops will be held inside the churches.

Keeping in the spirit of Kwanzaa and the Grady County Fine Arts Project, Inc., this cultural celebration nurtures talents and gifts in the Arts. We are offering workshops for children ages 8 - up and adults. Workshops will be held from 8am-2pm. The workshops will include: Music (vocal/instruments), Creative Writing (poetry, rap, story-writing, publishing), Art, African Dance, African-American history in Cairo/Grady County, and Economics (Money Management/Investing). This event also supports the ideas of Kwanzaa, which is to support and encourage entrepreneurship (Vendors available selling food and other goods) and Education to inform people about community resources and services (health screening, vocational supports, etc). This year we have added a "Showcase Your Talent" talent show with a cash prizes of $100.00, $50.00 and $25.00.
If you are interested in attending the workshops, vending, setting up information booths, competing in one of the Art Projects or our Showcase Talent Show you can pickup an application from: Cairo/Grady County Boys and Girls Club, Roddenbery Memorial Library and from any Board member: Mrs. Audrey Magee and Dr. Zerric Clinton both at (Cairo High School), Dr. Ansu Mason (Washington Middle School) and President Talmadge Smart, Jr (Southside Elementary School). Last year the first City-wide Kwanzaa celebration was a successful start and we are committed to continuing this tradition and advancing its mission to promote cultural awareness and community unity among our community and all people within our reach. We hope you will join us and we look forward to uniting with you on behalf of our community.

Rev. Janet Simmons Stuart Event Coordinator
(229)377-8233 or (229)319-0507

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