The Celebrate! Maya Project, an Arkansas nonprofit dedicated to promoting the legacy of Maya Angelou and increasing literacy among youth, is inviting Arkansans to take part in its Build A Better World Through the Arts & Literature lecture series from the comfort of their own homes.
In partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, this series takes place on Zoom and features community leaders exploring the role poetry, art, music and literature play in building communities. Next up in the series is a lecture-recital provided by Dr. Linda Holzer, pianist and professor of music in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Department of Music. Holzer will present on the life and legacies of Arkansas composers William Grant Still and Florence Price at 6 pm October 1st.
The series also includes Celebrate! Maya Project founder and president Janis F. Kearney presenting on Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in honor of the book’s 50th anniversary at 6 pm October 29th. This lecture will include student readings from the memoir and words from Stamps Mayor Brenda Davis. It also follows the Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts and Literacy Collective’s Shelter in Place Virtual Film Series screening of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Concluding the Build A Better World series is Cutwell 4 Kids founder Anthony Tidwell exploring the impact of art on communities at 6 pm November 5th.
Lecture attendees are invited to take part in the Q&A portion of each lecture. All lectures are free – to register and learn more, visit celebratemayaproject.org.