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The fourth annual ArtWorld Festival welcomes Israel Houghton

The fourth annual ArtWorld Festival welcomes Israel Houghton

LANCASTER —  Grammy-winning artist Israel Houghton will perform at the fourth annual ArtWorld Festival scheduled for Sunday at American Heroes Park.

The event is scheduled from 1 to 8 p.m. at the park, 701 West Kettering St.

Other artists scheduled to appear are David L., B Alyse, YB Terrion, John Stratton and Angela Hearns.

“I’d like to encourage the people of the Antelope Valley to come out and support ArtWorld,” David L. said. “Our city getting behind an event that supports artists to express themselves is a safer city.”

An estimated 45-member community choir comprising members from 15 different choirs will also perform.

ArtWorld is a creative arts festival designed to bring the community together.

The outdoor festival also features family-friendly attractions, retail and food vendors, family resource booths and an open Arts Studio.  

Israel Houghton

The festival serves as a fundraiser to build a state-of-the-art community arts center for youth.

“We want to build a center for our youth out here to give them a creative outlet where our artists can connect with them, teach them,” Pastor John “Revelator” Irving of Renaissance Church said at a Wednesday morning press conference.

The festival is sponsored by the Renaissance: A Creative Arts Movement with the support of an estimated 20 churches in the Antelope Valley, including Livingstone Cathedral of Worship, Grace Chapel, Agape, Solid Rock and Central Christian.

“We’re proud of this because we crossed not only generational lines but cultural lines to bring it together,” Irving said.

Bishop Henry Hearns said as things change the Valley’s churches and residents have   to change to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

“The world of arts can be a wonderful place for everybody to join in and worship. They can do it at their own speed, dancing, singing, playing or whatever they have to do,” Hearns said.

 This year’s festival theme is Worship City. Artist Kreatiff will serve as host for this year’s event.

“To have our very own bishop support and stand behind our fine pastor in what he’s trying to do, it speaks volumes. This really crosses all different types of barriers when it comes to the infusion of age, culture, genre,” Kreatiff said.

“It’s more than a festival. This is the church experimenting with a new type of ministry. We are going to go out and meet them where they are,” Irving said.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at www.artworldav.com.

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July 30th, 2019

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