Wednesday, July 3, 2013

2nd Annual “Drumvoices for ‘Ahaji’: A Festival of the Arts”

My dolls and I are looking forward to our next event "Drumvoices for 'Ahaji': A Festival of the Arts, Saturday, July 13 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at The Women's Civic improvement Club of Sacramento Inc. Located at: 3555 Third Ave, Sacramento. The complete details for this event are in the announcement below.
I'm working on a special project for this event that I am tentatively calling "Drums, Dance and Story". I'm designing some 32" dolls, (my dolls are usually only 22") that will celebrate this event as dancers and drummers in beautiful Afro-Caribbean costume. I'm finding that making large dolls is a challenge after my little ladies. I will post photos of my progress over the next few days. 
2nd Annual “Drumvoices for ‘Ahaji’: A Festival of the Arts”
Sacramento---Recalling  sea-changing periods of intense artistic, cultural, educational and political fervor locally and all across the US, a festival, titled ''Drumvoices for Ahaji,” will take place on Saturday, July 13, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm., at the  Women's Civic Improvement Club of Sacramento, Inc., 3555 3rd Avenue in historic Oak Park, Sacramento, CA 95817.  Cost: Sliding Scale $5-$15. Partial proceeds from the sales will go toward the Jones Scholarship Fund.
clip_image002 Panelists, actors, authors, poets, scholars, musicians, visual artists, theoreticians, vendors,  publishers, booksellers and community organizers will participate; all while honoring and fund raising in the name of the late George Austin “Ahaji” Jones(1931-2009)--a true “renaissance” man--and Robzene Jones  (1930-2008), Sacramento educators whose combined teaching experiences totaled 60-plus years.
clip_image004 The featured author Dr. Eugene B. Redmond will celebrate the release of his latest book, "ARKANSIPPI MEMWARS: Poetry, Prose & Chants, 1962-2012"(Third World Press).  Dr. Redmond is the Poet Laureate of East Saint Louis, Illinois, Emeritus Professor of English, Founding Editor of “Drumvoices Revue” and former Chairman of the Creative Writing Committee at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He taught at California State University, Sacramento, as a professor of English and Poet-in-Residence in Pan African Studies for 15 years. 
The afternoon program will also feature:  a panel discussion, drumming, vendors, poetry, art displays, book signings and music.    Other program participants: (partial list): Dr. David Covin, Barbara Range, Dr. Otis Scott, Maasai Hatten, Lisa A. Lacy, Lawrence Dinkins, Jr., aka NSAA, Margo Rose Brunson, Esutosin Omowale Osunkoya, Artist Dr. Tchaka Muhammed, Lori Jean Robinson, William A. Parker, Artist Gloria Grandy, Malik Saunders, Betty Davis@Culture Collection, Artist Lawrence Sullivan, Artist Shirley Sanders, Kakwasi Somadhi, Elizabeth Smoot aka "JahbaszdrELIZtry" ,NIA Women of Purpose,  Artist Daphne Burgess and Framed by Frankie Edwards Lee.
clip_image006 Blue Nile Press
Blue Nile Press (BNP), headquartered in Sacramento, California, BNP is an imprint of Path Press, of Chicago. BNP targets Black writers and the Black reading public, creating a venue where they can meet.

For more  info contact: Faye Kennedy@
Partial proceeds from the sales will go toward the Jones Scholarship Fund.               

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