38th annual 5th Avenue Arts Festival: April 22-23

What started out as a Poetry Reading in 1979 took place with a purpose: to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the African American community and to sound the alarm that gentrification was coming. The first 5th Avenue Arts Festival was held.

The complexion and the culture of NW 5th Ave., along with Porters Community have changed so very much over this 38-year period. Mom’s Kitchen – a thriving community – is gone, along with Seminary Lane and hundreds of its residents. Yet, our message through the many years and themes has remained the same.

The festival has survived along with a few existing businesses. It includes the history of the rich culture of the community and, as of more than a decade ago, we celebrate Earth Day.

As we work to preserve our community, we make an effort to educate our community about preserving the planet.

Our theme this year is Ujima: “Collective Work and Responsibility.” It is the responsibility of us all to protect the life that the Creator has so graciously given to us. That’s the air, water, food and every species of life on the planet.

Lanard Perry will bring his “When Gospel Meets Jazz” to the Festival, and Lil Jake and the Soul Searchers will be on stage Saturday. On Sunday, come hear the Jazz Bandits. There will be exhibits and great food both days.

We invite you to join us April 22 and 23 to stand and support the celebration of the African American community and the preservation of our rich and valuable natural resources.

For information, email info@culturalartscoalition.org. or call 352-372-0216.

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