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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to host inaugural HBCU AccessFest

EarRelevant Staff | 21 JUN 2023

Atlanta, GA— The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra announced today that it will host its inaugural HBCU AccessFest: College, Career, and Community Fair on Saturday, September 16, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Woodruff Arts Center. This event aims to provide valuable resources and information to empower students and families in exploring opportunities for higher education, internships, mentorship, and career paths.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) play a significant role in empowering students to embrace their heritage. The HBCU AccessFest will offer an array of activities, including an HBCU College Fair, interactive booths, workshops, and networking opportunities. In addition, panel discussions will educate the community on financial wellness, introduce career pipelines for current HBCU students, and support Black-owned businesses and HBCU vendors.

Brandi Hoyos, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, expressed the organization’s commitment to providing opportunities for communities of color to succeed and thrive. “We recognize the importance of providing opportunities for communities of color to succeed and thrive and are proud to host the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) AccessFest,” said Hoyos. “We look forward to investing in the Atlanta community, elevating Black voices, and supporting creative vision as a foundation for success.”

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In addition to the HBCU AccessFest, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present a “Movies in Concert” production of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther on September 15-17. This event further emphasizes the orchestra’s commitment to representation and diversity in the arts.

Jennifer Barlament, the Executive Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, expressed enthusiasm for the event and the opportunity to strengthen relationships with partners involved in the HBCU AccessFest: “We are excited to further our relationships with many of the partners in the HBCU AccessFest and to make new friends. These partnerships are instrumental to our mission to enrich the community through music.”

The HBCU AccessFest is open to the public, and admission is free. No tickets are required to attend. Participating schools will be announced later this summer.


  • Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: aso.org

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