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For Immediate Release: July 27, 2011

Second Annual Youth Arts Festival – “Art Comes Naturally” Scheduled for Saturday, July 30

The Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority (ARHA) and our partners, The Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, and the Urban League will host the Second Annual Youth Arts Festival on Saturday, July 30 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Jefferson Houston Elementary School Field, 1501 Cameron St. The festival offers the youth from across the City of Alexandria the opportunity to create original art, participate in creative dance, youth theatre and music including jazz. Food and beverage sales will be available, and the festival will be held rain or shine.

The festival features a group of exceptional artists in all areas of art, dance and music to help children nourish their thirst for learning and to encourage them to use their imagination. Our special guest is world-renowned photographer Mr. Oggi Ogburn known as the “Entertainer’s Photographer.”

Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, Congressman James Moran, Vice Mayor Kerry Donley, HUD Washington Field Director, Marvin Turner, ARHA Board of Commissioners, Community and Business Leaders will welcome hundreds of children and their families to this unique event for young aspiring artist to showcase their talent in art, music and dance.

Through this partnership, ARHA’s goal is to increase arts participation and deepen community engagement through the arts with innovative intervention throughout the City of Alexandria.

For additional information, contact Sandra Fowler with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority at 703.549.7115, ext. 231 or email

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Cheryl Anne Colton with the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.5588 or e-mail