WHEN: Tuesday, November 27 from 3:00 to 7:00pm
WHERE: The Miller Center for the Arts at 4 N.2nd Street, Reading
This second annual event is designed to celebrate the positive momentum rising up in the City of Reading, to highlight its innovative offerings and celebrate inspiring people and initiatives within the city. A series of presentations and performances centered on community revitalization through art, entrepreneurship and social enterprise will be featured.
Tickets are $10 each and are available at www.facebook.com/RdgRising. Students are free by showing school ID at the door.
To date, the following presentations are confirmed and will be featured at the event:
Books for Everyone – The 18th Ward Free Library: Tanya Melendez
Cafe Esperanza: Pastor Mary Wolf
Fitness for Everyone – All Abilities: Tara Simmons
Launching Entrepreneurial Success, Langdon Launch Box: John Morahan and Dr. Keith Hillkirk
Make Love Your Religion: David Nazario, author
The Plug (city retailer): Tyler Simmons
“During the past few years, Reading has experienced positive progress. The city welcomed new small businesses and experienced growth in its art scene. There are scores of individuals and organizations committed to both tackling the city’s challenges and working to strengthening the local area,” says Toni Eckert, Director of Leadership Berks and an organizer of the event. “Positive momentum is sprouting in Reading, from grassroots initiatives to community development efforts. There are many exciting efforts happening all around us, and the upcoming Reading Rising event provides all of us with the opportunity to learn more about those efforts.” The organizing group represents area businesses, universities, nonprofits and individuals committed to Reading’s success.
Last year’s inaugural Reading Rising event drew nearly 300 attendees and showcased initiatives designed to move Reading forward economically, artistically and as a community. “We are determined to reframe the picture and change the community conversation about our City by highlighting good things happening and energizing people to step up and take part in the positive momentum, “adds Eckert. “This event provides people with the opportunity to connect with each other and become energized to take part in the positive shift to make our community even stronger.”
Local performers and student artists will be showcased throughout the event. A reception including refreshments from local caterers follows.