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The 21st annual AfroSolo Arts Festival kicks off with a tribute to the drum and drummers--the driving force of all music We'll be bringing on the beat with a concert on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 1 pm to 3 pm in Yerba Buena Gardens located on Mission Street between 3rd and 4th Streets in San Francisco.This year, we will feature award-winning drummers Linda Livingston and Will Norwood and their bands.
On Saturday, August 8th, 2015, we will host our tenth annual free Western Addition Community Health Fair. It takes place at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAllister Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's quote, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhuman," we are determined to balance this injustice by building a healthy community that is fit and ready to enjoy all that life has to offer.
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Building onto our past successes we've brought together a team of artists, San Francisco's major hospitals, community-based organizations, social service agencies, private businesses and many volunteers. This a fun-filled, good health promoting event will serve the whole family and the community. We'll feature healthy food demonstrations. Other activities will include: face painting, arts and craft, music, a photo booth, fitness games and raffle prizes.
On August 15th, we open our Visual Arts Exhibit in San Francisco's Main Library (100 Larkin Street). Curated by Melonie Green, the show is titled Internal Reflections: A Look at Internalized Racism in the lives of Black People. Internalized racism is unjustified prejudices endorsed by the dominant society about Black people that leads to feelings of self-doubt, disgust and disrespect for ones self and/or other Black people.
Curator Green has assembled a diverse group of talented visual artists to explore this issue from several perspectives. Ultimately, our dream is to help release our community from internalized racism's pain and embracing the freedom its release will bring.
Tuesday, August 18th, we will host a free artist reception, panel discussion, performance and slideshow presentation in library's Latino Room, 6 pm-8 pm. Please inform us if you know of other projects related to this theme, maybe we could join forces.
Still in the planning stages is the newest chapter of our ongoing work with young Black men and boys using the arts as a tool of empowerment in order to assist them in successfully transcending adolescence to adulthood.
We will end our festival with a Gala birthday for ALL, in October, when we gather to celebrate the collective power of the Arts in our community. Time and date TBA.
Come join us for AfroSolo Arts Festival 21!
Thomas Robert Simpson