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Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

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Thursday, July 09, 2009

2009 Denver Black Arts Festival

CCJRC and the Colorado Progressive Coalition

Will Have A Booth At The

2009 Denver Black Arts Festival at City Park

Our booth is located on the east side of the lake, north of playground which is just west of the 17th Ave and Harrison entrance to the park. We are in space number 71.

Please come by to say hello!!

Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m - 8 p.m

Sunday 10a.m. - 6 p.m.

Welcome to the NEW Denver Black Arts Festival! This years theme "Arts Purpose".
July 10, 11 & 12 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
The 2009 Denver Black Arts Festival will be back in the "Jewel of the City" Denver's City Park. We are excited about this years "lakefront setting" in the beautiful southeast area of Denver City Park.
This year attendees will experience a New Denver Black Arts Festival, as envisioned by the new festival management team, which incorporates an expanded scope and vision for the three day event. Over the past 23 years the festival has evolved to address our community as a part of the global landscape. The festival has grown beyond it’s previous borders to include two new pavilions which focus on topics essential to African-Americans and the larger community as well.
The Gift of Green Pavilion, honoring Mother Earth
As a people, African-Americans have traditionally had an awareness of limitation in resources. Our history bears out a culture that has learned to meet the challenges of appreciating the gifts of the earth. We know not to waste, to turn off lights, re-use, recycle and renew as a means of survival. We have respected Mother Earth. This year we honor her by presenting a pavilion designed to educate and expand this awareness. The area will include information and educational presentations which will help promote concern and knowledge of how individuals can make small adjustments, daily, which translate into global impact on the environment.
The Health is Wealth Pavilion
This year we are proud to present the Health is Wealth Pavilion. Perhaps more than any other segment of the population, African-Americans have more health challenges and are the victims of severe debilitating diseases. Many of the community’s health problems are due to poor diet, limited resources and lack of education concerning life-style choices. Health service providers and the Medical community will play a vital role in their presentations. Their presence helps to provide information, education and free testing services for attendees.
The DBAF "family reunion" held in the Rocky Mountain Region, will present a festival that stimulates the mind, body and soul. It is known as much for the sense of community it inspires, as it is an authentic ethnic showcase of diverse African-American visual arts, cuisine and performing artists. It is also a marketplace of unique arts and crafts, many of which are imported from Africa.
In 2009 DBAF will usher in a new era, as we proudly welcome to the Kuumba main stage, the world famous SOS Band, national favorite Hazel Miller and the best gospel, reggae, hip hop, African drum & dance, jazz and spoken word talent that the Rocky Mountain Region has to offer on three unique, exciting stages.
Focusing on afrocentric art forms the Denver Black Arts Festival's unique platform, created by it's founders, has a tradition of welcoming the best visual artists from around the world. The focal point of the visual arts is expressed in many different mediums. Painting, drawings, photography, sculpture, glass, carvings and fiber, from local, national and internationally renowned artists, bringing the flavor of both traditional and avant-garde art for the offering.
From Denver's restaurant elites and professional chefs, to our home-grown spoon turning cooks, the DBAF focus is on colorful ethnic cuisine that promotes an array of exciting delicious menus of wholesome affordable foods and crowd favorites. This year DBAF will feature two food court areas.
Join us for our 23rd year as we record our history and acknowledge our legacy and teach the future generation how to celebrate and preserve our rich heritage.
We invite you to explore our pages and find a constant source of information about the pre-event activities, as well as full festival information.

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