Word on the Street, an online arts magazine by and for youth, will host a free tropical-themed celebration on Friday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Arthur R. Edington Center, 133 Livingston Street in Asheville.
The bilingual magazine, visioned, created, and led by a “Squad” of 16 teens of color, launched this past fall and has been receiving submissions from all over the country, including from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, others from California and New Orleans.
The evening will feature music, readings, performances, and an art show from local contributors as well as a fish fry and side dishes prepared by Chef Clarence Robinson of Cooking with Comedy.
“It’s important for everyone in the community to come out and celebrate the youth from here and around the country who have shared and continue to share their art,” says Sophia Rutherford, Asheville High School senior and a member of the Word on the Street Marketing Team. “Teens all over have worked hard to tell their stories, and it’s important that we acknowledge and support them.”
The Squad is also celebrating the hard work of reviewing, selecting, and publishing the writing and artwork they have received as well as the newly formed Word on the Street documentary team, which premiered its first film at the Buncombe County Commissioner’s meeting in February.
Artist and Asheville High senior Quantasia Williams, also a member of the Word on the Street Squad, has created original artwork specifically for promoting the Word on the Street event. Prints will be available for a donation at the event. The celebration will be interpreted for both Spanish and English speakers, and is family-friendly.
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