Valdosta Daily Times

March 1, 2014

Festival celebrates work of African American artists

Kristin Finney
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University University Center was transformed into an art museum Friday afternoon in celebration of the second annual African American Artists’ Festival.

This two-day festival celebrates the talent of local African American artists. Whether it is by painting, poetry or music, these artists are given the chance to share their talents with others while being surrounded by other artists.

The festival features eight local artists as well as an African drummer, a folklore writer, Poetic Magic and much more.

One of the most exciting exhibits in the festival was the “SANFOKA” African American Museum On-Wheels from South Carolina. “SANFOKA”  includes nearly 2,000 pieces covering the entire history of African Americans. The exhibit begins in Africa, going through the middle passage, slavery, the civil rights movement and concluding at President Barack Obama. The exhibit also features famous black americans, inventions and much more.

“The community needs to know the contributions that African Americans have made to society and the Heaven they have built for us. This will ignite your soul, it’s a must see,” said Angela Jennings, owner and curator of “SANFOKA.”

The festival is hosted by the Southside Library Boosters, Inc. in conjunction with VSU’s Heart of Faith Ministry, the Black Student League and the VSU Mass Choir.  

“We are trying to get knowledge out about all of the talents we have in our community. We are also trying to get our local artists more well known,” said Dr. Beverley Richardson-Blake.

The African American Artists’ Festival’s last day is today. They will be located in the University Center from 10a.m.-2 p.m. and invite the community to come enjoy the free and educational festival. For more information on the festival, please call (229)460-4889 or (229)253-8313.