The Kennedy Center honors local poet Donney Rose with prestigious award

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The Kennedy Center has chosen Baton Rouge native poet and teaching artist, Donney Rose, as this year’s “Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition” honoree. 

This prestigious award features “citizen artists” from across the nation who’s artistry exemplifies positivity and echoes continuity in their communities.  

According to Leslie Rose, Donney Rose is one of the artists who will receive Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition this year. 

Rose said, the Kennedy Center has not yet released the names of the other recipients. 

Rose will be a guest of honors at the 2018 Kennedy Center Arts Summit in Washington, D.C. on April 16. 

He is also invited to present and attend the 2019 Kennedy Center Arts Summit that is scheduled to be held on April 28-29, 2019. 

Rose embarked on his journey as a poet by competing in spoken word and national poetry slams. For the past 10 years, he’s worked as a full time teaching artist and marketing director for Forward Arts, Inc. and was a recipient of the Ink Festival’s 2017 “Making a Mark” award. All of his accolades and endeavors have been devoted to development of youth in Baton Rouge. 

The Kennedy Center strives to celebrate President John F. Kennedy’s legacy daily by recognizing people like Donney Rose, in hopes of inspiring others to lead by example. 

For more information on the The Kennedy Center Arts Summit, visit The Kennedy Center.   

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