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Recap: Afro Arts Fest 2023
Last Tuesday evening, our ASYSST program celebrated the culmination of Black History Month by helping to host Ewing High School's first ever Afro Arts Fest! The ASYSST-supported Black Student Alliance (BSA) club at Ewing High partnered with NAACP to plan the event - which turned out to be a tremendous success!
Students and staff, along with their friends and family, joined together to venerate the African Diaspora arts and culture. During the event, students performed and showcased their art, dance, and vocal/artistic talents - which were a major highlight of the night. Students and local business vendors held tables that featured Afro Art, handmade jewelry, vintage clothing, skin care products, woodwork, baked goods, and more! Additional activities throughout the night included line dancing and food tasting.
Speaking of food tasting - the Dish Wars was another highlight of the night! Student Daisha Reid took home the trophy for best dish, with her homemade Curry Chicken. Mercer Council's very own Dayron Proctor, Program Director for ASYSST, participated in the competition with his very best mac and cheese recipe, being declared the "official unofficial winner," in his own words.
More than 150 students, families and staff were present for the Afro Arts Fest celebrations. The event was full of life, fun, and family; it was a true representation of the culture of the Afro-Diaspora community at Ewing High School. Ewing Public School District Superintendent Dr. David Gentile was in attendance, while EHS Principal Ed Chmiel applauded the ASYSST program for such a successful and fun-filled night.
A very special thank you to our ASYSST team and all collaborating student organizations for working so hard to make this event possible! An additional thanks to all students, staff and families who attended the event and celebrated Afro Arts Fest 2023. We look forward to hosting this event again in the future!
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