Multi-Cultural Arts Festival set Oct. 5

Published on Saturday, 14 September 2013 20:35 - Written by By Danny Mogle danny@inmagtexas.com

This is a busy — in a good way — time in East Texas. Most of our festivals, fairs and big community celebrations take place in the next six weeks.

There is a lot to take in and enjoy.

A smaller event that seems to get lost in the shuffle is the annual Multi-Cultural Arts Festival presented by the Arts and Humanities Council of East Texas.

The festival uses the performing and visual arts to celebrate our cultural diversity. The festival will take place Oct. 5 on T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza and in Liberty Hall on the downtown Tyler square. Performances will start at 11 a.m.

“Along with a passion for the arts, performing and learning more about other cultures, this event is always quite an experience,” festival coordinator Debbie Kirkland-Waffer said. “It gives us a better perspective and appreciation for building community and preserving heritage and history.”

Among those committed to take part are Native American storyteller Doll Alexander, who will present tribal folklore, art and dance; and Baba Kwasi, who will perform “Drums of Mali” and the Lamba Dance. The FLY KiDS and dancers from the Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance also will share their talents.

AHCET’s mission is to bring arts education and live performances to children, especially underprivileged children who traditionally do not receive a lot of exposure to the arts, and to encourage cultural diversity through the many forms of expression.

“AHCET’s aim is to help make extraordinary change via our mission and the old adage of teaching a child to fish as opposed to giving a child a fish, and at the same time assisting them in building their confidence and self-esteem, which in turn will have a positive impact on the community at large,” Kirkland-Waffer, said.

For more information about AHCET and festival, log on towww.artscouncilet.org .