26th Annual

Celebration of Black Writing Festival

"Movement: Paying it Forward"
MAY 19-29, 2010


(Image: "Rosa" by Bryan Collier)

The Celebration's theme "Movement: Paying it Forward," honors the many recent and upcoming civil rights anniversaries. Art Sanctuary will look at the accomplishments of the movement--and the way contemporary writing continues to advance the Movement's unflinching social justice agenda.  This will be explored this year through writing about sports, sci-fi, fiction, children's work, illustration, journalism, and film.

The purpose of the Celebration of Black Writing is to deepen our city's literary life AND polish its tourist shine with a rich infusion of African-American writers in all genres during the week of Memorial Day. Writers discuss their work with up to 1,500-2,000 students, and another 2,000-3,000 people participate in panels, workshops, the basketball tournament, teachers' symposium, Family Pavilion, main stage, and other events. Come and join us and bring the whole family!

Lifetime Achievement Award: Honoring Nikki Giovanni
Art Sanctuary presents the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award to world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator Nikki Giovanni. One of the most widely read American poets, Giovanni prides herself on being "a Black American, a daughter, a mother and a professor of English."

Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather's alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.




GOLD SPONSORS: The Pearl Theatre at Avenue North and The Philadelphia Tribune

OFFICIAL SPONSORS: Barnes & Noble, Brownstone Natural Hair & Barber Studio, Duafe Holistic Hair Care, The Fresh Grocer, HBF Publishers, Just Us Books, and Temple University Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Church of the Advocate, First Person Arts, Giovanni’s Room, Grands As Parents, Inc., The Hiphop Archive at Harvard University, Mighty Writers, Moonstone Arts Center, Pennsylvania African American Library Association, Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The School District of Philadelphia, The Rosenbach Museum & Library, St. Francis de Sales Catholic Elementary School, Tyler School of Art, Tree House Books, UrbanPhilly.com, The Enterprise Center, West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Young Friends Society of African Diasporan Institutions


ART SANCTUARY FUNDERS: Children Can Shape the Future, Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County, Dietrich Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Generocity Community Alliance, Inc., Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust A, The Hamilton Family Foundation, Independence Foundation, The Lida Foundation, Lincoln Financial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Times Company Foundation, O, The Oprah Magazine, Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, William Penn Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, Verizon Foundation, YOUTHadelphia Fund for Children, a component fund of The Philadelphia Foundation.