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Courtesy photo. Ebony Sunshine Puppets will be participating in the inaugural Cultural Arts Expo on Saturday, May 11, at Prince George's Community College.
Published on: Wednesday, May 08, 2013
By Wanda Jackson
Expect a cornucopia of artistic pleasures at the first-of-its-kind Cultural Arts Expo on Saturday at Prince George’s Community College’s Largo Student Center.
The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and promises an entertaining introduction to singers, dancers, puppeteers, painters and other state-funded arts groups from across Central Maryland. All performances and exhibits are free.
Notable exhibits include the National Aquarium, the Reginald F. Lewis African American History & Culture Museum, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Maryland Choral Society and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum of Baltimore.
Local art and activity favorites, including the Ebony Sunshine Puppets, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Publick Playhouse and the National Children’s Museum will be showcased. Businesses including Graphiti Gems Art Gallery will offer a shopping venue with affordably priced artwork by a variety of local and national artists.
“Prince George’s County and the state of Maryland are fortunate to have many vibrant artists who have a lot to share,” said Delegate Melony G. Griffith, expo organizer and co-host. “Marylanders understand the economic impact of the arts organizations in our communities, and we want to make sure our citizens are aware and take advantage of the investments we have made.”
The expo is supported through collaboration with the PGCC Foundation, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Joining her colleague, Delegate Jolene Ivey, who chairs the Prince George’s County House Delegation, said, “Our county has many talented and dedicated artists whose work not only inspires, it brings us together as a community. This is a great opportunity for families and artists to see what’s happening in the arts across the state.”
In addition to promoting the availability of arts programs across Maryland, Griffith hopes the expo will inspire families and individuals to discover new, low-cost opportunities for family and group outings and artistic expression for expo visitors.