The Celebrate! Maya Project remains committed to the health and safety of our supporters, members and circle of friends. The Build A Better World Through the Arts & Literature lecture series, in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, will launch Sept. 10 using Zoom, a teleconferencing software.


We invite you to join us from the comfort of your home as we host online lectures exploring the role poetry, music, literature and art play in building better communities for us all.

Featured in the series will be poet Chris James presenting on poetry and spoken word’s role in encouraging literacy and building a better community. Linda Holzer, professor in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Music, will present a recital and lecture in honor of Arkansas-born composers Florence Price and William Grant Still. 


Celebrate! Maya Project president Janis F. Kearney will host a lecture and book discussion on Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in honor of its 50th anniversary. This lecture will include student readings from the memoir and words from Stamps Mayor Brenda Davis. This lecture also follows the Washitaw Foothills Youth Media Arts and Literacy Collective’s Shelter in Place Virtual Film Series screening of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”


To close the series, Cutwell 4 Kids founder Anthony Tidwell will present a lecture on the role art plays in enhancing our communities.



You’ll have the opportunity to take part in the Q&A and discussion portion of each lecture. 

To register for a lecture, SELECT A SERIES BELOW.

You’ll receive an email with a link to join the Zoom. 


This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Sept. 10, 2020

Chris James on the role of poetry and spoken word in building better communities, 6 p.m.

Oct. 1, 2020

Linda Holzer on the role of music in building better communities,

6 p.m.

Oct. 29, 2020

Janis F. Kearney on the role of literature in building better communities, 6 p.m.

Nov. 5, 2020

Anthony Tidwell on the role of art in building better communities,

6 p.m.

All lectures will be archived for use as lesson guides in Arkansas schools. All recorded documents will be saved to Celebrate! Maya Project and Arkansas Humanities Council archives and made available to the public.

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