By Rev. Glenda P. Murray-Kelly
Special to the New Journal and Guide
On Saturday, September 12, 2015, The Southeastern Virginia Arts Association, Inc., (SEVAA) participated in the Scholar, Arts & Youth (S.A.Y) Festival on 35th Street. The festival had five hot spots. There was entertainment by the youth on the 500 block. The 600 block consisted of entertainment by SEVAA on 35th & Newport Ave. The Park Place Business Association, Inc. (PPBA) coordinated the vendors on 35th Street. Live entertainment was hosted at the 35th Street Venue and at Granny’s Kitchen.
During this great celebration of the Arts, Dr. Brynda Parker, an educator of music and employee of the Norfolk Public School System, was bestowed the honor of SEVAA, Inc. “Woman in the Arts” 2015-2016. Mr. Brian Pinner, also a music educator and graduate of Norfolk State University in music and the lead saxophonist for Forte Jazz Band was bestowed the honor of SEVAA, Inc. “Man in the Arts” 2015-2016.
Certificates of appreciation were provided to 30 individuals who volunteered their service to the organization. Poetikk Justice (SEVAA 2014-2015) “Woman in the Arts” was present to congratulate Dr. Parker. Minister Earl Bynum, (SEVAA 2014-2015) SEVAA “Man in the Arts” sent his acknowledgement to the organization. Angel Bell still holds the title of (SEVAA 2014-2015) Youth in the Arts. Zach Hines, of MJ Entertainer, (aka) Michael Jackson impersonated performed on the 600 block.
The performers were not concerned about the weather and performed even in the rain. Tidewater Community College Blue Moon Jazz Ensemble opened the entertainment on the corner of 35th Street & Newport Ave. It was an “Old School Block Party” with people traveling from seven states to participate.
The S.A.Y. Festival was presented by the Park Place Business Association, Inc., Imam Vernon Fareed, President, and chaired by businessman Rodney Jordan, Chairman of the Norfolk School Board.
SEVAA is a multi-discipline organization specializing in five artistic disciples which are: Music; Visual Arts; Dance; Theater and Literary Arts. If you are interested in learning more about SEVAA please call Mr. Edward Joyner, Chairman of the Board at (757) 623-3300.