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Voices of Courage: A Celebration of Women


The theme of the 2018 Nations Women’s History Project is "Nevertheless, She Persisted." Real change comes from persistence and the courage to move forward despite any obstacles.  Arts Garage is proud to celebrate the courage of the women in our lives -  the philanthropists, the changemakers, the voices, the caregivers, the noise makers - with a program focused on the contributions of some of these special women on March 3rd, 2018. The Women’s History Month event, Voices of Courage: A Celebration of Women, will be held on March 3, 2018 at 6:30 pm at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, Fl.  The evening will begin with a reception in the Grassroots Gallery with wine and lite bites followed by uplifting speakers including local philanthropist & activist Charlotte Dilks, Delray Beach’s Deputy Vice Major Shirley Johnson and documentary photographer, activist, author and educator Paula Allen. The evening will end with a musical program, Charcoal Sketches, designed specifically for this special Arts Garage event by sultry alto and Arts Garage favorite Avery Sommers.   With an evening stacked with incredible stories of change, community and courage,  Arts Garage is thrilled to welcome three inspirational speakers that have positively impacted the world for women. Charlotte Dilks’s, titled, “Bucking the Tide" shares her perspective of being the first female driver for Drake’s bakery to being a successful female entrepreneur and business owner.  Shirley Johnson, Delray Beach Deputy Vice Mayor will follow with her own story, “A Black Woman’s Saga.”  Shirley Johnson,  a Delray Beach resident,  activist and Delray Beach City Commissioner is now spending her days working to make Delray Beach a great community for everyone.  Finally, our keynote speaker Paula Allen will present “Super Love; How a Photographer From NYC, a Woman from New Orleans, and Two Delray Beach Women Rebuilt a Community.” Rounding out the night in the most spectacular way is Arts Garage favorite,  master of the Great American songbook and beautiful Broadway vocalist,  Avery Sommers performing live with a set she created special for the evening called, “Charcoal Sketches.” which will highlight the achievements of female jazz artists through song. This Award Winning singer and actress has sold out the house at Arts Garage on a number of occasions.  Arts Garage Board Member and Angel, Ronnie D. says, ”you do not want to miss Avery Sommers sing. She is a joy to watch every time.”