Multimedia ‘mess’ from ayo

Jan 02, 2014
Partners for Enrichment will bring damali ayo to the Midcoast.

Rockport — Partners for Enrichment will present artist and author damali ayo Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, off Route 90. Her keynote presentation is titled You have to mess with people (but don't let them mess with you). A book signing will follow.

The evening offers the opportunity to see a gifted and inspiring artist who uses the arts to tackle difficult social issues, breaking down biases and prejudices with humor, grace and personal story. The multimedia presentation is recommended for students age 14 and older; and adults. Tickets — $10 for adults and suggested donation $5 for students — are available at Appleton Library; Hope General Store; HAV II and Owl and Turtle Bookshop, Camden; Rockport Public Library; Left Bank Books, Belfast; hello, hello books, Rockland; and online at

Ayo also will be working with students in Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville middle schools while she is visiting our community. She and her work have been featured in more than 100 publications world-wide including Harpers, the Village Voice,, the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Redbook Magazine, “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Book TV.” A frequent guest commentator and essayist on public radio, ayo is a dynamic personality who brings energy, inspiration and positivity wherever she goes.

The expert storyteller’s books and presentations offer humor, insight, and creativity and make our culture's toughest topics manageable and fun. “How to Rent a Negro” was granted a 2005 Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Book Awards from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Her “Obamistan! Land without Racism: Your Guide to the New America” debunks the myth of a post-race world.

Partners for Enrichment an all-volunteer nonprofit celebrating 17 years of providing arts and science enrichment to the K-8 schools of Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville. Partners for Enrichment brought Richard Blanco, 2013 Inaugural poet, to a packed auditorium, and ayo, this year's feature presenter, will open eyes and heart. Sponsors are Allen Insurance Financial; Rick and Ann Bresnahan; United Mid-Coast Charities; Wayne and Caroline Morong; and Sweet Tree Arts.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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