Kwanzaa, the annual African American holiday celebration of traditional community values and creative talent, will be launched in grand style with the always-inspiring Annual Kuumba Kwanzaa Art Exhibition, a showcase of new and recent works by South Florida African World visual artists, on December 26, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Amadlozi Gallery, 2166 Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (NW 62 Street at NW 22 Avenue) in Miami’s historic Liberty City district. The Grand Opening coincides with a live performance of ACAPAI’s (African American Caribbean Performing Artists, Inc.) highly popular original Holiday stage play “Ashella,” in the Center’s Wendell A. Narcisse Theater.
The two events, appropriately, launch the seven-day celebration, with the observance of Umoja (Unity), the first of the Seven Principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa. The following days celebrate Kujichagulia (self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Faith). The Kwanzaa holiday was established in the late 1960s by Dr. Ron Karenga, and is based on traditional African harvest festivals, when everybody helps with the work, the whole village shares the bounty of the harvest, and families and friends visit and exchange gifts and news before the work of the new year’s planting begins.
The Annual Kuumba Kwanzaa Art Exhibition has been a popular favorite during events at the Cultural Arts Center during the Holiday Season, as it features many of the latest works by South Florida’s African American, Caribbean and African artists. It will remain at the Gallery until the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January 18, 2010. School groups and senior citizen groups are especially welcome. For further information, please call 305-638-6771 or 305-904-7620. Admission to the Exhibition is free and open to the Public.
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