Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 17th as Maysville Community and Technical College will host Freedom Celebration VIII: A Multi-Cultural Experience. A community reception with interactive exhibits will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by live performances at 7:00 p.m.

Attendees will be able to experience spirituality and culture among many different lands through an assortment of historical artifacts, displays and discussions on religion, food, tradition, artistry and customs. Interactive exhibits include: Native American, Indian, Hispanic, Japanese, Polish and more.

Guests will also enjoy the talents of the Centre Academy Dance Team led by Cynthia Thomas who will be performing jazz, tap, contemporary, and musical theatre pieces. The Cowbilly Bluegrass Band will entertain the audience with their unique style of music and hysterical humor, while the electrifying Sisters of the Sacred Drum, led by Joan Brannon, will perform traditional rhythms of West Africa.

New this year, the Maysville-Mason County Arts Council is sponsoring a Freedom Celebration Art Contest for Mason County and St. Pat Schools, Grades K 12. Each category will have 1st ($100), 2nd ($50) and 3rd ($25) place winners. Students must drop off artwork to MCTC no later than April 11th at 2pm to Gwyn Gallenstein in the Technical Building.

This event gets better each year, stated Director of Cultural Diversity, Millicent Harding, Its a great opportunity for families and community members to learn about different cultures while supporting our local performers.

The event will take place in Fields Auditorium and admission is free. For more information contact Millicent Harding at 606-759-7141, extension 66196.