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African American Heritage Center Holds Draw-a-thon

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The Jefferson School City Center is now open for business and tenants are starting to settle in.

The African American Heritage Center is one of those tenants and is holding an inaugural Draw-a-thon, beginning Friday night.

The brand new center will offer a place for African-Americans to showcase their work. Organizers say they also want people to engage in the conversation about who the African-American community is in Charlottesville.

Friday night, artists drew models as they perceived them. The 12-hour Draw-a-thon hopes to bring awareness to the new center.

"We're trying to do a couple things here. Number one: announce what we do here. We are a history and arts center. Number two: identify who are. Constituency is who are those artists who define themselves in the African-American community as African-American artists," said Andrea Douglas, the center's director.

The center says its goal is to continue the study of local history and tie it to the arts.

The Draw-a-thon is open to any artists interested in showing their work. It ran until 10 p.m. Friday and will pick back up Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Jefferson School City Center is now open for business and tenants are starting to settle in.

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