Art Sanctuary’s 29th Annual Celebration Of Black Writing Ends Friday, May 31, With A Variety Of Programming On Its Final Day

The 29th annual Celebration of Black Writing comes to a close on Friday, May 31 and boasts a variety of events on its final day. (Image courtesy Art Sanctuary)

Art Sanctuary’s month-long Celebration of Black Writing winds to a close with a score of events set for Friday, May 31, the last day of the festival.

Art Sanctuary is an organization located in Graduate Hospital that puts regional and national African-American literary, visual and performing arts in the spotlight. For the past month, the organization has been hosting its 29th annual Celebration of Black Writing festival.

In the previous weeks, nationally renowned writers joined in the Art Sanctuary festivities at events all over the city. This year’s event served as a special tribute to African-American women in literary, visual and performing arts.

On Friday, May 31, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., blockbuster events conclude the month-long celebration.

The first events on May 31 encourage involvement from a younger crowd. From 10 to 11 a.m., Temple University’s Ritter Hall plays host to student matinees, two youth-targeted discussions.

The Skin I’m In: Girl Talk, brings together young adult authors, a professor and a group of female students in a discussion that focuses on being a young woman in modern society.

Next, youth advocates, entrepreneurs and male students discuss the representation of young men in hip hop culture during Power, Manhood & Respect: Brothers Talk About Masculinity in Hip Hop.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, A Conversation with Ntozake Shange and Annette John-Hall, a playwright and journalist, calls a group of 50 female business leaders to the museum to join in an enlightened conversation.

The day ends with the Annual Celebration of Black Writing Festival: Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony at Temple University. From 6 to 8 p.m. the awards ceremony, entitled Beautiful Without Permission, recognizes the literary work of black women and honors songwriter Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson, Ntozake Shange and Annette John-Hall.

Tickets are available online. The student matinees are free, but registration is required. Folks can register by calling the Art Sanctuary at 215-232-4485.

Art Sanctuary’s Celebration of Black Writing Concluding Events
When: Friday, May 31, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Various locations
Cost: A Conversation with Ntozake Shange and Annette John-Hall, $50; Lifetime Achievement Award & Reception, $28; Student Matinees, Free
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