Jonkanoo is a world-renowned festival that originated in the Caribbean Islands. It is a celebration of life that sprang from a people enslaved in body but not in mind or spirit. We are building on the African American tradition of re-gifting out of necessity and practicality, and the longstanding African traditions of producing handcrafted goods, materials, and art forms.
The Legacy Arts Project is taking a slightly different spin on the traditional Jonkanoo festival by calling it Junk-A-New -- along with the celbration of the arts and heritage of Jonkanoo, we intend to educate the public on the many ways to recycle trash and junk -- creating art, alternative energy sources, donations, and other creative reuse. We want to teach the community about African/Caribbean culture, but also engage people in preserving both the planetary environment and the local environment.
The program will include a keynote speaker on global warming and other environmental issues facing the inner city, information booths, art & music, and workshops.
(10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 6, at the Kingsley Association, 6535 Frankstown Ave., East Liberty, 15206.)