Winning the Fight for Equality at First Fridays in Lancaster, PA – ART WALK NEWS

Winning the Fight for Equality at First Fridays in Lancaster, PA

 Macajah Brown
Macajah Brown photo courtesy Lancaster Online News

In addition to First Sunday’s, and First Fridays Art Walks held in Lancaster, PA comes ArtFest 2015, brought to Lancaster’s South End by community organizer Macajah Brown who has been organizing community-engagement events during First Friday in Lancaster city for the past seven years.

Brown’s goal for ArtFest 2015 is to bring the community together. He says a lot of people living in the southern end of Lancaster city don’t feel a part of First Friday, the original Lancaster Art Walk with origins that date back to 1965, so he wants to “bridge the gap” and bring unity to the two communities through art.

“I noticed there wasn’t a big showing of African-American and Hispanic art in Lancaster, so I thought it would be great to bring a diverse group of artists together,” said Brown, according to an interview with Lancaster Online News.

ArtFest 2015 is free. The event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m.

Around 10 artists will showcase their artwork, singers Alicia Ygarza and Ian Sanchez will perform and local author Charles Smoot will sign his book, “Unleashing the Power of Prayer & Fasting: The Believer’s Guide to Power and Victory.”

Also a prayer and a moment of silence at 7 p.m. to honor the nine lives lost in at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17.

His latest endeavor ArtFest 2015, expects a turnout of around 300 people and will feature raffles, door prizes, face painting and vendors takes place Friday, August 7th at The Mix at Arbor Place, 520 North St.