Art Prevails Project Presents 2nd Annual Our Voices: Festival of Words in Fort Lauderdale

Vibrant Celebration of Literature, Culture, and Community April 25-27

FORT LAUDERDALE – As April heralds National Poetry Month, the second annual Our Voices: Festival of Words is set to captivate audiences from April 25 to 27th in Fort Lauderdale. Presented by the Art Prevails Project, a Broward-based cultural arts organization committed to community enrichment through creative expression, this three-day literary extravaganza promises to celebrate the vibrant tapestry of literature, offering engaging activities for all ages. This event aims to foster a love for literature while addressing critical issues such as low literacy rates.

To learn more about Our Voices: Festival of Words and get your free ticket, please visit www.ourvoicesfest.com.

Our Voices Festival of Words -Darius Daughtry
Darius Daughtry

The annual festival is the brainchild of Darius Daughtry, who advocates for the transformative potential of the arts. He is the visionary founder of the Art Prevails Project and is not only a poet and educator but also a champion of societal change through artistic means. Daughtry fervently believes that art is the language of healing, and literature is the conduit for this profound dialogue.

“I am thrilled and filled with anticipation for this year’s event. It’s a momentous occasion that celebrates the power of words, literature, and the vibrant spirit of our community. Our festival embodies our commitment to celebrating diverse voices and fostering a love for literature. I am truly excited to see its impact on our attendees and the lasting connections it will inspire.” Darius Daughtry, Founder Our Voices: Festival of Words

Our Voices Festival of WordsOur Voices: Festival of Words partners with the local community and will feature a diverse lineup of activities, including performances, author readings, children’s activities, a meditation garden, food trucks, live music, and more.

This year’s festival programming will include

  • Lit Lounge (April 25): An Opening Reception and Artist Showcase featuring local and regional writers, poets, and musicians.
  • Book Fair (April 26): An invite-only event providing local students complimentary books and art-making experiences.
  • An Intimate Evening (April 26): The evening will feature a captivating poetry reading and thought-provoking conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown. Nadege Green, Director of Community Research and Storytelling at the Community Justice Project, will guide the discussion. Immerse yourself in Christell Roach’s poetic works as she recites her own soul-stirring poetry. Roach’s words promise to resonate deeply and leave a lasting impression. Experience the power of storytelling with a special play reading from Art Prevails Projects’ short play contest winner, “Of House and Home.” These plays, which celebrate and explore themes of belonging and identity, offer a unique and compelling perspective on the human experience.
  • Festival of Words (April 27): A free, family-friendly community festival celebrating literature through diverse activities.

“Through the power of literature, the Our Voices Festival illuminates the diverse voices and narratives that enrich our Broward community,” said Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. “As we gather for this second annual celebration, we embrace the transformative impact of storytelling that unites people of all ages and backgrounds in a shared exploration of creativity and connection.”

Art Uplifting our Community

“For years, Art Prevails Project has uplifted our community through the power of poetry and storytelling,” said Broward County Cultural Division Director Philip Dunlap. “We are happy to continue to support Art Prevails Project’ with Our Voices: Festival of Words and their commitment to use the literary arts as a tool to impact our residents.”

Investing in our Communities

“Amazon is committed to investing in the communities where we operate across the country,” said Angelica Santibanez, Head of Community Engagement for the South Florida region at Amazon. “We are proud to support this amazing initiative and help close the literacy gap in Broward County.”

2024 Sponsors

The Community Foundation of Broward, the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, Broward County Libraries, the Children’s Services Council of Broward, Amazon, FPL and Broward Cultural Division and The City of Fort Lauderdale.


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