January 19, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLACK HERITAGE ART SHOW TURNS 15 AND GOING ON TOUR
Community Owned and Operated Event Expands Horizons along East Coast to Continue the Celebration of African American History and Culture
BALTIMORE— The annual Black Heritage Art Show is fast approaching their 15th anniversary of serving the Baltimore community. The show has grown tremendously from exhibiting art in the basement of the New Psalmist Baptist Church to displaying artistic interpretations of dance, fashion, spoken word, and music in the 30,000 square foot halls of the Baltimore Convention Center. This year is not only the celebration of a community event and African American culture but also the exciting announcement of the event’s travels on tour. “I would have never imagined that 15 years ago when my husband and I embarked on educating the community on the value of visual arts, that this showcase would evolve into a national tour. I am very appreciative to the citizens of Baltimore for their continued support throughout the years, as we travel to other cities we will always keep Baltimore dear to our hearts.,” said Glenda Boone,
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Founder and CEO. The first stop on the national tour includes Atlanta in October.
“Regular attendees of the show will notice this year several new components including the literary café, health care pavilions, and the new tour slogan O’ Taste and See” said Trenia Dublin, Operations and Logistics Director.
The weekend celebration includes performances by Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, Kurtis Blow, Ernest Pugh, Bill Moss Jr., Isaiah D. Thomas, Jessica Greene as well as hosts of local talent on February 20-21 in Hall G of the Baltimore Convention Center.
The two day event will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 7 p.m. Activities consist of a panel discussion with nationally acclaimed artists Charles Bibbs and Larry “Poncho” Brown, live performances, free samples of African American cuisine, free health screenings, financial workshops, line dancing and complimentary alcoholic beverages for patrons 21 and older. This year’s featured visual artist is Baltimore native Karen Buster. Admission is only $15 for adults, $5 for children ages six through 13, and children under six are free.
Vendor opportunities are also available to interested artists, vendors, and authors. All performers will be available for autographs and media interview opportunities after each performance. For more information including a schedule of events, please visit www.blackheritageartshow.com
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The first Black Heritage Art Show launched in 1995 in the Fellowship Hall of the New Psalmist Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland, highlighting the talents of six visual artists to approximately 100 attendees. Today, the Annual Black Heritage Art Show has evolved into a national tour, highlighting over one hundred artists including visual, performing, literary, fashion and film. Briefly, the Black Heritage Art Show is “A Celebration of African- American Culture, presented each year by the Community for the Community.