March 10, 2023
I hope you guys are getting excited for this summer and ready to create new memories at this
year’s African American Arts & Heritage Academy. Last year was full of fun experiences and
enjoyable times. This year’s academy will be held from July 10th-15th 2023. For those who are
returning; you spent a week of time in workshops that were geared towards your creative
talents and interest alongside your peers. I can confirm that this year will be no different, and
you will be able to pick from a selection of amazing workshops that fit your creative interest.
This year we will have all genres of art offered including: vocal music, instrumental music,
creative writing (a favorite of mine), theater, dance, and visual arts. You will also get the
opportunity to learn and interact with guest artists such as myself. I was a guest artist last year
and really enjoyed presenting my songwriting techniques and interacting with you all.
This year’s academy will be held again at the West Virginia State University. All of you will
get the opportunity to experience college dorm life and spend your week in comfortable
bedrooms and living spaces on West Virginia State’s beautiful campus. Daily meals such as
breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will also be provided for you. Alongside all the delicious
food and snacks that will be provided, you will also participate in field trips and a special
traditional academy picnic. With an open mind and open heart, you will truly make memories
that will follow you long after the week is concluded.
Overall, to be a part of this academy and to be a student is truly an experience that will stay
with all of you for the rest of your life. You will be challenged to grow and to put in your best
efforts daily, inspired to try new things and learn outside of what you know. You will make
friendships that you never had, and an opportunity to gain confidence in letting your creative
light shine bright. I can confidently say this from my own experience. We look forward to you
attending the African American Arts & Heritage Academy.