Kwanzaa in August (KIA) Festival celebrates African-American culture in the Washington DC area
On Friday, August 3, 2018 to Sunday, August 5, 2018, Liberated Muse Arts Group hosts Kwanzaa in August Festival: unboxed/unbroken at Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC. The festival commemorates Liberated Muse’s 10th anniversary and arts and social justice in the community.
Washington, DC, July 18, 2018 — The summer festival season in the Washington DC area welcomes a new festival presented by an organization with long-time experience bringing cultural arts programming to the nation’s capital. On Friday, August 3, 2018 to Sunday, August 5, 2018, Liberated Muse Arts Group hosts Kwanzaa in August Festival: unboxed/unbroken at Anacostia Arts Center in Washington, DC. The festival commemorates Liberated Muse’s 10th anniversary and arts and social justice in the community. The Kwanzaa in August festival is an arts and empowerment festival focusing on the seven principles of Kwanzaa—unity, self-determination, cooperative economics, collective work & responsibility, purpose, creativity and faith. Interactive presentations, films, a visual arts exhibit and a Liberated Muse CD listening party are highlights of this three-day festival.
Liberated Muse Arts Group was founded in 2008 by Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman as an online community that existed from 2008-2012 and allowed members to share videos, artwork and collaborate virtually. Ali-Coleman partnered with another entrepreneur to create the Capital Hip Hop Soul Fest through a business partnership called Liberated Muse Productions. The festival took place in Marvin Gaye Park in the northeast part of Washington DC. The festival ran for three summers and was free and open to the public. It was covered by local and national media, including MTV, National Geographic, FOX News, NBC, Washington City Paper and more. The United States Census Bureau recognized Liberated Muse for their work in helping the US Census Bureau garner qualitative data from participants of the festival.
Since then, Liberated Muse has produced theater productions, book anthologies, performance showcases, and more throughout the DC area and Baltimore with a significant focus on art that highlights the experiences of people of the African diaspora and the work of women who have used their platform for social justice.
Kwanzaa in August festival will feature authors Tracy Chiles McGhee, Alan King, Olu Butterfly and more, including films by filmmakers Pamela Woolford and Kia Reed. Films, books and music by Ali-Coleman and Liberated Muse will also be highlighted. In addition, Liberated Muse Arts Group’s performance troupe will debut their new CD during a release performance.
Visit KwanzaainAugust.org for the full schedule of events