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Celebration of Black Arts

One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country

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The Art Sanctuary hosts the annual Celebration of Black Arts in the month of May. Credit: Art Sanctuary


May 1-31, 2017

Note: The information below is from 2016. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s event as it becomes available.


Coming into its 32nd year, the Celebration of Black Arts (formerly the Celebration of Black Writing) is a month-long celebration of African-American literature and art that features an array of events welcoming all ages, backgrounds and interests.

All throughout May, author readings, interactive workshops, live performances, an awards show and an outdoor festival will take place to spark discussion and spawn recognition of talented artists within the African-American community.

More than 50 presenters, artists and authors will lead events to draw national crowds of over 7,500 attendees.

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628 S. 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 232-4485

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