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13 Jul 2018

Art Sanctuary presents a month of free activities during the 34th Annual Celebration of Black Arts Festival in Philadelphia through July 31st

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July 13, 2018 Category: Local Posted by:

The Celebration of Black Arts Festival (CBA) returns for the 34th Annual and this year it will be presented as a summer extravaganza running through the end of July. One of the nation’s oldest African-American literary and arts events, the month-long event is filled with programming for all ages, backgrounds and interests.

This year’s events will include art workshops, writing workshops, dance movement classes, yoga classes, health & beauty discussions, panel discussions, live performances and more for the community at large including youth events as well as family orientated activities! Majority of the events are free and open to the public courtesy of generous partners, as well as sponsors including: Women In Media (WIM Global), The African American Museum in Philadelphia, Arts & Business Council for Greater Philadelphia, Odunde 365, Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, BalletX, Eagles Run at Elsmere, Fresh Artists, Houser Audio, Jenkintown Building Services, Left Lane Books, One Step Away, and the Wyncote Foundation. 

The centerpiece of the 34th Celebration of Black Arts Festival is the month-long exhibition, “Do You Hear What I See” featuring rarely seen photographs of Black music icons from by photographer C. Ron St. Clair. The showcase will include several candid photos of influential musicians in the 20th century, including Gordy, Duke Ellington, Harry Belafonte, Patti LaBelle, are more! Each art piece will be available for purchase.

A partial list of CBA34 festival highlights include:

Friday, July 20, 6pm-9:30pm in the Art Sanctuary Gallery: Writing Workshop for our homeless community, featuring One Step Away.

Saturday, July 21, 1pm-5pm – in the Art Sanctuary Gallery: Kids Day featuring storytelling, children’s books and authors and art making activities for youth (3 – 13) and the young at heart!

Monday, July 23, 6pm–8pm in the Art Sanctuary Gallery: Wellness Workshop focusing on the art of natural haircare and design will feature one of Philly’s leading natural hair care stylists & makeup artist including Syreeta Scott of Duafe Holistic Hair Care.

Wednesday July 25, 6pm-8pm in the Art Sanctuary Gallery: Writing Workshop for budding and established poets led by 2011 Birmingham, UK Poet Laureate, Roy McFarlane.

Thursday July 26, 5:30pm–9pm in the Art Sanctuary Gallery: Beginning with your last breath, tell your stories from within- A night of storytelling from within, including a storytelling workshop given by a renowned storyteller, and a poetry workshop and signing from the 2011 Birmingham UK Poet Laureate also featuring Roy McFarlane and Jos Duncan of Love Now Media!

Friday July 27, 3pm-9pm at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, 19106: Film Screening and Panel Discussion featuring works from students and alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Saturday July 28, 6pm-12am Birthday Block Party and Closing Reception!  Midnight in and outside of the Art Sanctuary Gallery: Mural Dedication + Art Sanctuary’s 20th Birthday + Festival Party! Featuring performances from Philly’s most electric performance acts, food presentations, vendors, live art, and dance performances – it all comes together to cultivate the end of the 2018 CBA Festival.

To view the full month long line up and to remain up-to-date with the 34th Annual Celebration of Black Arts Festival, visit and follow @ArtSancPhilly on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information and RSVP details on the festival, visit Art Sanctuary’s gallery is located at 628 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146.

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