The Tom Joyner Foundation and the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce hosted a festive evening, honoring the legacy of local artist Purvis Young and helping to raise money to help keep students in black colleges.
More than 200 people attended the first ever Art Trek to the Fantastic Voyage at the Purvis Young Art Museum in Overtown, which was sponsored by The Tom Joyner Foundation, the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and Remy Martin. The Florida Memorial University Jazz Ensemble provided the music as a backdrop for local and internationally recognized artists, such as Frank Frazier, displayed their works.
Thomas Joyner Jr., president of the Tom Joyner Foundation, and Sybil Wilkes, co-host of the nationally syndicated The Tom Joyner Morning Show and Bill Diggs, CEO, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and Barbara Dunn Harrington, executive director of the Tom Joyner Foundation, hosted the event. Greer Christian, an executive with the Foundation’s staff, also attended.
The special event took place just days before the 2012 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford, a 7-day, 6-night “party with a purpose” that features 69 acts and helps raises money to keep students in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including scholarships, capacity building programs and global education. Queen Latifah is the headliner this year, along with Fantasia, Keith Sweat and many, many more.
The “Art Trek” event is part of the Tom Joyner Foundation’s on-going commitment to black artists who have been an integral part of black colleges’ history over the years. Frank Frazier, Annie Lee, Twin and nearly a dozen artists will be donating artwork and exhibiting it on the Fantastic Voyage.
Here’s a slideshow featuring some sights from the reception: