Tinsel Town Looks to Home of Southern Pioneers to "Inspire the Nation
to Honor Creativity"
Community that nurtured America's "First Lady of Courage" and "the Father of the Blues", Readies for "The Annie
Blackburn Arts Festival", July 2-5, 2008
Approximately 2,000 miles southeast of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood USA,
nestled between the banks of the Tombigbee Waterway and The Tennessee River, is home to American pioneers that
changed cultural perspectives on learning, expression and creativity. Rated one of the top 10 places in America for
retirement, the community that nurtured the First Lady of Courage, Helen Keller and the Father of the Blues, W.C.
Handy, inspires the nation to honor creativity during
The Annie Blackburn's Arts Festival, July 2-5, 2008 in Florence, AL. 35630
What began as a few instructional classes for the residents of "The Shoals" area is now one of the only festivals
dedicated to honoring creativity with working professionals at the helm. Florence, AL, the classic American city with a
mixture of delights, treasures, southern hospitality and charm, is the place where pioneers such as Keller and Handy
began to change humanity. The Annie Blackburn Arts Festival provides creative arts workshops & classes taught by
professionals from Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY and Atlanta, GA in the disciplines of visual arts, dance, modeling,
acting, and digital editing.
Named for respected resident of the area, Annie Blackburn, The Annie Blackburn's Arts Festival pays tribute to a
woman, who for over 90 years encouraged a community give back and to dream beyond boundaries.
Pendleton, a seasoned actor and native of Florence whose credits include roles on House of Payne, The Shield, NYPD
Blue along with several television and film appearances says, "Annie Blackburn was a woman who possessed a strong
spirit and the ability to give back. Although she never had children of her own, she never missed an opportunity to inspire people in the community to give of themselves, their time and their talents. This festival is a wonderful way tohonor her legacy and introduce this area to the grand stage that is Hollywood."
Cedric and his brother Michi an accomplished visual artist whose work has been displayed at The High Museum of Art (Atlanta) and
commissioned by Toyota Motor Corporation and The Coca-Cola Company, will direct workshops and classes during
Organizers of The Annie Blackburn's Arts Festival believe the festival holds a great deal of promise, as the Pendleton brothers note, "There are many cultural spheres that exist outside of the Hollywood and we want to grow this
festival in the same way that Sundance has grown." It is places like Florence that remind us of the pioneers who dared
to dream, and thus sparked changes in music, expression and learning. We want to encourage people to keep nurturing
Next year Ima get the SSAR to come down we show nuff have a good time.`