• CAA Partners with Committee for Justice, Equality & Fairness to Present Online Community Conversations

    In partnership with the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, the Committee for Justice, Equality and Fairness will present the first of a series of online community conversations surrounding social justice in Walton County. 

    The public is invited to participate in this first conversation taking place July 8, at 6 p.m. titled “Policing and Race in Walton County: A Conversation with DeFuniak Springs City Marshall James Hurley.”

    The format of the conversation will be a panel discussion that includes Rev. Raymond Jackson, President of NAACP Branch 5486, Rev. Tyrone Broadus, Vice President of NAACP Branch 5486, community facilitators Lewis Jennings and Sabu Williams, and Mike Bowden, Chair of Committee for Justice, Equality and Fairness. 

    “Following the 2018 referendum that supported maintaining a Confederate flag on the grounds of Walton County courthouse, the Committee for Justice, Equality and Fairness decided to host a series of community discussions that would allow frank conversations about the impact of racism on citizens’ lives,” said Bowden. “This is the first of those community discussions.”

    The conversations will be hosted online by the Cultural Arts Alliance via the Zoom platform and will include a discussion among the panelists and City Marshall Hurley followed by a question and answer session between attendees and the panel. 

    “The Cultural Arts Alliance believes the arts are a vehicle for social change and that facilitating these important conversations is timely and necessary,” said Cultural Arts Alliance Executive Director Jennifer Steele. “Our goal is to create an environment for constructive dialogue that bypasses politics and finds solutions to real issues in our community that affect the lives of our fellow citizens.”

    To participate in the July 8th conversation, register online at culturalartsalliance.com before the event begins. Attendees will need to download the Zoom app on their phone or computer in order to join the conversation. Registered participants will be emailed Zoom login information in advance of the conversation. 

    About Cultural Arts Alliance:
    As the creative core of Walton County, the Cultural Arts Alliance (CAA) of Walton County offers support, connection and access opportunities for all forms of art, every variety of maker, all levels of learners, and especially, art lovers. Through sponsorship, performance, and educational programs, the organization directly connects the people of Walton County with the broader view, the critical exploration, and the answers only the Arts have the power to provide. For more information, visit CulturalArtsAlliance.com

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