Art Sanctuary, an organization that puts regional and national African-American literary, visual and performing arts in the spotlight, is set to host a number of excellent events honoring African-American writing during the month of May for the 30th anniversary of its Celebration of Black Writing.
Beginning on Thursday, May 1, Chicken Bone Beach, a free photo exhibition and centerpiece of the celebration, opens at Art Sanctuary in Graduate Hospital. Learn about Chicken Bone Beach, a blacks-only beach in Atlantic City from about 1900 to the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.
Visually explore the historic beach, which quickly became a summertime hotspot for influential leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., through photography by John W. Mosely at the month-long photography exhibition. Purchase prints of select photographs, too.
Also, look for a Celebration of Black Writing presence, complete with opportunities to learn about predominantly black art forms, at the South Street Headhouse Spring Festival on Saturday, May 3.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the festival, head to Art Sanctuary for In The Sanctuary, presented by PECO. Listen to readings and interviews from a number of local literary leaders. The In The Sanctuary events are mostly free, but a number ring in at an affordable $5.
The festival closes out with the Lifetime Achievement Awards on Friday, May 30 at the Temple University Performing Arts Center. The ceremony honors strong literary figures in the African American community. Tickets are $25 and are available online, at the Liacouras Center box office and over the phone.
Also mark your calendars for literary workshops, a full day of live performances and more. The complete list of Celebration of Black Writing events is available right here.
Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Writing
When: May 1-31
Where: Locations around the city
More info: www.artsanctuary.org