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TRJ celebrates Black and Latino arts in the Midstate

Join us for a celebration of Black and Latino arts in the Midstate. During this final installment of our Toward Racial Justice series in 2020, we will showcase the work of Black and Latino artists in Central Pennsylvania, hear the inspirations behind their art and provide them a space to share their story. We’ll also discuss the challenges that artists of color face such as funding opportunities, stereotypes and having their voices be heard in the arts community itself.

WITF’s series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellison continues Thursday, December 17 at 7pm LIVE on WITF’s YouTube channel.

Panelists include:

  • Ophelia M. Chambliss — Painter/Educator, York, PA
  • Shelly Lipscomb Echeverria — Painter
  • Daniel Egusquiza — Executive Director, Barrio Alegria
  • Lyeneal Griffin — Gamut Theatre, Sankofa
  • Christyn Seay — Capital Area Music Association
  • Maria James Thiaw — Poet/CEO Reclaim Artist Collective
  • Reina Wooden — Artist, Reina 76

With a Special Performance by:

Croix Ellison

Register to Attend

Thursday, December 17 at 7pm
Streamed LIVE on WITF’s YouTube Channel

Share your personal experiences or ask questions that we can address during this conversation. Email us at or share your story using #RacialJusticePA.

Our goal is to elevate underrepresented voices with special emphasis on giving young people a platform to discuss their views. Race and racism are uncomfortable topics. Our objective is to help serve as a catalyst for change by bringing people together to discuss possible solutions and inspire collective action.

The committee of co-organizers include:

  • Jankail Adams — Parent Liaison for the PA State GEAR UP-3 program, Harrisburg School District
  • Sharia Benn — President & Executive Artistic Director of Sankofa African American Theatre Company
  • Corey Dupree — Chief Operating Officer at The Bridge: Eco Village in Harrisburg
  • Stephanie A. Jirard — Chief Diversity Officer & Professor of Criminal Justice at Shippensburg University
  • Mark Rhodes — Diversity Educator and Strategist, Owner of Key Learning Consultants and a Commissioner with the City of York Human Relations Commission
  • Delma Rivera-Lytle — Diversity Education Specialist at Central York School District
  • Major Kristal M. Turner-Childs — Director, Bureau of Forensic Services, Pennsylvania State Police & WITF Board Member

The entire series will be live streamed and recorded so those unable to attend can watch, listen and share. Visit to watch past conversations and find additional resources.

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