It's been a good year. We have lived creatively, danced expressively, shared joyously, taught excitedly, and honored elders with admiration, and are now moving strongly into the new year. With the support of friends, family, and the community, we have hosted our second annual youth summer arts program, the 5th Dance Africa Pittsburgh, and the 10th Annual Keepers of the Flame Awards. It was our first year with the Learn and Earn Program, where we hired 38 youth to work in our summer program and community gardens and our first experience with the Summer Dreamers Academy. We are thankful beyond measure for being able to do good work and are preparing ourselves to carry the torch even further as there is much yet to be done.
The 10th Annual Keepers of the Flame Honorees: bottom (l to r) Dessie Bey, Mayota Hill; top (l to r) Roland Ford, Johnny Macharia McCoy, John Ford, and Dr. Harry Clark.
It's been 10 years since the Legacy Arts Project began the notable 'Keepers of the Flame' event, honoring more than 60 artists for the invaluable energy that they have contributed to the creating of works of art. From arts festivals to art schools, the honorees have sculpted the cultural landscape of Pittsburgh, inspiring youth and adults alike to recognize their own creativity. This year's honorees follow suit and are renowned for their own artistry, each one paid tribute to in November at the Hosanna House in Wilkinsburg. Performances by the K-Theater Dance Complex, Jean Paul Weaver and Mychole Anderson, Sankofa Village of the Arts, and the Legacy Arts Project honored the awardees while Deryck Tines emceed the event. Several past honorees were in attendance, marking the 10th year of the momentous celebration.
Legacy Programming 2017
Sankofa Village for the Arts celebrates Kuumba, Saturday, December 31, 3-8pm. Bring a healthy dish and share in the creativity of the village.