Economic Development Corporation Partners With Prince George's Arts And Humanities Council To Present 2017 Festival Of Arts

Largo, MD - During the month of May, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation has partnered with the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council in collaboration with Pen America, World Voices Festival as part of its 2017 Festival of Literary Arts (FOLA).   The Festival, taking place in Prince George's County and New York City from May 3 - May 13, 2017, will celebrate the intersection of authors, poets, screenwriters, visual artists, and literary entrepreneurs of all ages. Through a panel of workshops and events, FOLA is meant to inspire dreams and reinvigorate dormant ideas, while celebrating cultural and creative diversity from around the world.

"The EDC is excited to be a part of such an enriching conversation that uses the arts and its creativity as learning opportunities in the 21st century," said Jim Coleman, EDC President and CEO.  "Any community that is truly prosperous with economic development has a thriving arts community to sustain it. Prince George's County is truly blessed to have Rhonda Dallas and the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council to stimulate and balance our business environment."

The Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council is a non-profit organization designated by the Prince George's County government to coordinate financial support and advocacy for the arts and humanities through grants, artistic programs and creative partnerships among business, education, government and residents.  Its vision is to create a world-class cultural environment where diverse, high quality arts and humanities programs are available for all Prince George's County residents and visitors.

This year, the 2017 FOLA Literary Artist in Residence will be Nancy Morejón, the internationally acclaimed and most widely translated Cuban woman poet of the post-revolutionary period.  Ms. Morejón was the first African Cuban student to earn a degree in faculty of arts at Havana University. The award-winning Cuban lead poet symbolizes the beauty of prose, breaking barriers, artistic sisterhood and brotherhood, and opened the festival this week in Prince George's County.  She will also appear in New York as a part of the inaugural collaboration with Pen America, World Voices Festival.

FOLA event highlights also include lively conversations and informative workshops with Poet-In- Residence Sistah Joy; Life Stylist, Best-Selling Author and Founder of Dreamleapers Harriette Cole; Publisher, Producer and Best-Selling Author Tressa "Azarel" Smallwood and Omar Tyree; Best -Selling Youth Author, Entrepreneur, TED Talk Presenter and Facilitator Gabrielle Jordan; and a book making workshop with Pyramid Atlantic.  All events are free and open to the public. 

For a complete Festival line-up visit:  For more information about the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council, contact Rhonda Dallas, Executive Director of PGAHC at 301-772-8943 or