His Majesty Odeneho Kwafo Akoto, III will be introduced by City of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, with reflection from ARTS-Us Co-Founder Commissioner Toni Carter and Dr. Josie R. Johnson, hosted by media talent Roxane Battle




What:  ARTS-Us Center for the African Diaspora Presents We Rise! Virtual Sankofa and Awards 2020 funded in part by HRK Foundation 

Where:  @ARTS-Us YouTube Premiere

When:  Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:00am (CT)

Why:  ARTS-Us Center for the African Diaspora is bringing the community together to celebrate its 27-year history of developing youth leaders in a culturally-specific environment of Science, Music, Arts and Technology programs.

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in reduced staffing, the cancelation of two major youth program opportunities, and the loss of key sponsorships and funders. Our Civil Rights Research Experience (CRRE) could not travel to the sacred spaces of our culture. Our youth could not come together for a summer camp experience, which focused on elevating the brilliance of African Diasporic people across the globe. Youth have lost summer community service jobs and Black artists have lost a key source of income and fulfilment. In spite of these challenges, WE RISE.

For more information, go to the ARTS-Us Facebook event page or visit ARTS-Us at: https://www.arts-us.org.  The community is invited to support ARTS-us by texting “SANKOFA” to 44-321, donating online or buying from its online auction, where you can find a variety of gifts cards, art, health and wellness and professional services.


About ARTS-Us

ARTS-Us is a community-based 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1992 by a group of African American artists, and multicultural educators. Using the experiences of the African Diaspora at its core and collaborating with artists, educators, and communities of other backgrounds and cultures, ARTS-Us offers “edutainment” programs to schools, business and community environments. Our mission is to develop young leaders through the arts, culture, and sciences of the African Diaspora. In addition, ARTS-Us provides cultural performances, art and art resources for educators, leadership opportunities for students, and consulting for community business and civic organizations through the lens of the African Diaspora.