The College of Aspiring Artists salutes the 20-plus member Dumas REDI Crew who amid heat, rain, cold and pandemic conditions delivered over $350,000 in GoFresh Food Boxes to Dumas residents but also across Arkansas to Desha, Jefferson, Crittenden and Chicot county residents from June through November are top on the list who will be honored at the 2020 THANKS FOR GIVING Concert and Awards Celebration this Saturday, November 21, from 1pm—5pm at THE LEGACY CENTER in West Dumas located at 501 W. Bowles. It will be live on site and live streamed across the nation.
“JUST GOD… No Brands—No Labels” denotes the simplicity of the Gospel and the works of God from age to age. Keeping it simple but real, God is love and all about FAITH, HOPE, LOVE. Love… from God to all of us and from us back to God and from us one to another. It moves us outside of denominational, racial, political barriers and constructs into the true ONENESS and love for God. Love is the Key because God is Love. Thus… “JUST GOD… No Brands—No Labels.”
The D—CREW (pictured here in part), is Delta Creative Economy Workforce and is comprised of volunteers who worked from Dumas, Earle, McGehee, Dermott, Mitchellville, Pickens, Tillar and other townships and cities. Sponsors are being invited to help underwrite the event and to distribute tickets to persons desiring to attend.
“What we want to see is this group being recognized for their outstanding volunteerism and sacrifices to get the love and food boxes to the families. We see the families and community organizations coming out to say… ‘thanks for giving” and putting some love and honor on this group. This crew made ‘no excuses’ and THE LEGACY CENTER in West Dumas and partnering organizations are going to do our part to make it a great day in Dumas/SEARK. We are inviting the community banks, organizations, city, individuals, to donate, distribute tickets and help bring this annual day to another great day,” stated organizers earlier this week.
This year’s event is being staged with lights in a spectacular outdoor festive setting that will adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. It will feature music, food, and great awards. The 5-acre park has space for hundreds of persons to attend in a socially distanced setting. Groups/families will have designated spots. Please bring lawn chairs, blankets, etc.
This year, Motown comes to D-Town with award-winning producers and artists. It will be the start of a national tour from Dumas to D.C. Headlining the tour features Parkes Stewart. Others are signing on.
Recording artist and songwriter Parkes Stewart has made a name for himself. Last week, here in the Dumas Clarion, a bio-sketch highlighted his two Gospel albums in the early and mid-90s, a self-titled Light Records debut and a wonderful Sophomore project Another Chapter Psalms 51 that is still in rotation till this day. In 2004 he released a soulful project which featured both Gospel and tasteful R/B songs called Heart and Soul Nexus. He has a new Christmas CD, Extraordinary Christmas that he will introduce here in Dumas.
He has written songs for other artists such as ”Cry On” for 112 on the tribute to Notorious B.I.G. (over 3 million copies sold), ”Open Arms” &” More than Just A Melody” for Yolanda Adams, and one of the biggest hits of all times for Commissioned, ”Ordinary Just Won’t Do” which was used by Dave Hollister.
The College of Aspiring Artists is signing on artists who will be joining the tour that will run from November 21, 2020, through April 4, 2021, and conclude on the National Mall at the MLK Memorial.
The event is free, but tickets are required and can be acquired online or from Dumas donors who will have a limited supply.
The College of Aspiring Artists and ASC Property Management are the Backbone Partners who are working to get funding beyond the submission of a Strategic Plan by the end of January. Donations are needed to help with operations until funding is approved. Donations and ticket information can be found at www.thelegacycenterinwestdumas.org
For more information contact, Rev. Arthur L. Hunt, Jr., D.D., 870.623.8179, Annette Cowen at 870.382.5141, Linda Hunt Rogers at 870.501.0356.