"We were overwhelmed with success last year and realized there was need in Atlanta for this kind of program for young people," Greer says. "So, we thought we would test out a couple of different ideas this summer that we could institute for the next festival."
The Education Village gives kids a walk-through of African-American history, from enslavement to emancipation. But "Summer Celebration" also includes a film series, book fair, storytelling, an activity tent and performances by Chicago's Muntu African Dance Company and Atlanta's Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble. Such variety makes "Summer Celebration" sound a little like the National Black Arts Festival itself, albeit on a smaller scale and aimed at children. Greer says the event is a trial run to see if NBAF is ready to go yearly, but more importantly, it's a test of the festival's family-centered programming.
The National Black Arts Festival's "Summer Celebration for Youth and Families" takes place July 19-21 on the campuses of Clark Atlanta University and Spelman College. Thursday and Friday are reserved for groups, but Saturday is open to the public noon-6 p.m. $2 general admission, $5-$10 for ticketed performances. For a complete lineup of events, see www.nbaf.org
Little harsh, in'it?
Oh that's right...I DID say enjoy yourself.
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