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A Journey Through Africa: Music, Masks and Warriors, Featured in Delray Beach

The drama and diversity of Africa’s culture will be featured throughout Delray Beach, as different venues collaborate for a multi‐location exhibit and series of events that opens February 3rd and continues through Black History Month.

 
PRLog - Jan. 20, 2011 - DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- “A Journey Through Africa: Masks, Music and Warriors” presents a selection of African ceremonial masks and sculptures, musical instruments, tools, weapons and some functional objects made in a variety of media, including wood and cast metals on loan from the collection of Lynn University in Boca Raton. Different elements of the collection represented will present works of 14 tribal groups from nine geographic regions of Sub‐Saharan Africa. “A Journey to Africa” will be on display concurrently at the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, 170 NW 5th Avenue, and the Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Avenue.

“It was critical to the Creative City Collaborative to launch its first major initiative in a partnership,” said Alyona Ushe, Executive Director of the Creative City Collaborative. “Bringing the artistic community together is the core foundation of The Collaborative.”

“We are proud to be part of this community‐wide celebration of Black History Month by offering our collection for public display,” Charles Kuhn, Lynn University library director, said. “Our collection is comprised of more than three hundred ceremonial and utilitarian objects that help express the religious and social beliefs of the diverse peoples of sub‐Saharan Africa. It’s wonderful for us to share this rich cultural heritage with those who will be attending the Delray Beach event.”

Afro‐centric programming will also be featured throughout the month, encouraging South Floridians to both view the collection, and participate in activities. The events, which are free to the public, begin on February 3rd at the West Atlantic Avenue Public Plaza, located on the corner of SW 5th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Baba Adekemi Lyons, a master storyteller and performer will open the show with his acclaimed interactive storytelling. Positively Africa, an African fusion band and education group will perform African dance and music. The remainder of the month will feature an African Film Festival presented by International Women’s Film and Arts Festival, warrior mask making for children and a lecture from the Lynn University Librarian, Charles Kuhn. For a list of events, visit http://delraybeacharts.org.

“We are pleased and excited to bring culturally‐relevant programming to Delray Beach
that celebrates African History during Black History Month. The African American community in Delray Beach is longstanding and wealthy in tradition; it is our honor to represent our City’s ancestors during this month of recognition” said The Collaborative’s President, Tom Carney Jr.

“The Spady Museum is thrilled to be a part of The Collaborative’s efforts to bring the collection of this caliber and mastery to Delray Beach,” said Brandy Brownlee, museum educator for the Spady Museum. “In the same way that the exhibit demonstrates the many faces of African art, Delray Beach is celebrating the many faces of its residents and their cultural gifts to each other. Many thanks are extended to Lynn University for allowing Delray Beach to showcase its fantastic collection in this manner.”

“The Delray Beach Public Library is pleased to partner with the Creative City Collaborative, the Downtown Marketing Cooperative, and The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum on this worthwhile project during Black History Month. The Library’s mission is to enrich the lives of the individuals of Delray Beach’s diverse community by creating opportunities to explore, discover, learn and educate. This exhibit will do all of that and more and we are grateful to be a part of it,” said Bonnie Stelzer, Director of Community Relations at Delray Beach Public Library.

“We are fortunate to have this world‐class exhibit in Delray Beach,” said Stephanie Immelman of the Downtown Marketing Cooperative, Inc. “This collection is as fine as any seen in top museums around the world. It has been a delight to work with the Creative City Collaborative and our partners on this venture to bring something amazing to Delray Beach.”

Creative City Collaborative, 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization created to build the cultural infrastructure that celebrates Delray Beach as a creative, authentic, and intimate City, is tasked with implementing the City’s cultural plan, adopted by the City Commission in 2006 and CRA Plan’s Arts Based Economic Development Program. The Collaborative is scheduled to open two arts incubators: The Arts Garage, a 5,600 square‐foot venue scheduled to open this spring and, a 15,000 square‐foot The Warehouse projected for 2012, both located in, Pineapple Grove Arts District, downtown Delray Beach. For more information about Creative City Collaborative, contact: Calisha Oglesby, Marketing & Development; 561‐243‐7129; calisha@delraybeacharts.org or visit delraybeacharts.org

Lynn University is an independent, nonprofit university located in Boca Raton, Fla. It is home to five academic colleges (business, liberal education, international communication, hospitality and education), a Conservatory of Music, School of Aeronautics and the Institute for Achievement and Learning, and is dedicated to individualized learning, innovative approaches and an international focus. Lynn currently enrolls more than 2,000 students representing 40 U.S. states and more than 80 nations and competes in NCAA Division II. For more information visit: www.lynn.edu

Celebrating its 10th anniversary with the theme of “History and Heroes” in 2011, the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum, a nonprofit organization located at 170 NW 5th Ave. in Delray Beach, is dedicated to discovering, collecting and sharing the African‐American history and heritage of Florida. The Spady hosts rotating exhibits featuring contributions of the African‐, Haitian‐ and Caribbean‐American cultures to the artistic landscape of Florida and the U.S., as well as a full schedule of community events, special fundraisers, public education programs and children’s activities. It is the only museum of its kind in Palm Beach County. For more information, call 561‐279‐8883 or visit www.spadymuseum.org.

The Delray Beach Public Library is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization, serving the community of Delray Beach for 97 years. They strive to foster the love of reading, encourage lifelong learning and provide a comprehensive range of library materials, programs and services for adults, teens, and children. Their state‐of‐the‐art building provides patrons with extensive book and media collections, access to the Internet in a totally wireless environment, a highly qualified staff, a computer training lab, a reference information center, meeting room space, a coffee shop, art exhibits, concerts, volunteer opportunities, quiet study areas, a young adult lounge, a children’s story room and a puppet theater. The library is a place for community, learning and interaction. For more information visit www.delraylibrary.org/

The Downtown Marketing Cooperative, Inc., is a partnership between the City of Delray Beach, the Downtown Development Authority, the Community Redevelopment Agency and the Chamber of Commerce. The DMC’s mission is to create, organize and manage events and programs, to enhance the economic prosperity of the Downtown and to assist in marketing and promoting the Downtown from I‐95 to the beach. For more information visit: www.DowntownDelrayBeach.com

Major funding for the Creative City Collaborative is provided by the Delray Beach CRA, a local government agency that works to eliminate blighted conditions, foster redevelopment, and promote economic growth within downtown Delray Beach and much of the surrounding older residential and commercial areas. For more information, visit the CRA website at www.delraycra.org or call the CRA office at (561) 276‐8640.

The Collaborative and its partners acknowledge the generous sponsorships from these companies: Waste Management, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., and the West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition.

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About the Delray Beach CRA: Our mission is to foster and directly assist in the redevelopment of the Community Redevelopment Area in order to eliminate blight, create a sustainable downtown and encourage economic growth, thus improving the attractiveness and quality of life of the CRA District and the City of Delray Beach as a whole.

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