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This year's Cultural Alliance’s Black History Celebration will feature film maker Tysen Knight.

The Cultural Alliance of the Pass will feature awarding winning Tysen Knight at its Black History Celebration Luncheon titled “Make a Joyful Noise,” the last Saturday in February.

Knight is an artist and award winning film maker featuring powerful documentaries about street artists and their work.

Tysen Knight was surrounded by street art while growing up — and it inspired him to become a street artist himself.

Knight’s love for art has always been in his DNA.

As a teenager Knight would express his art through graffiti on walls and vacant buildings.

He also sprayed painted and airbrushed jeans and T-shirts for classmates and local neighbors for money.

Knight’s parents became alarmed with his method of expressing himself artistically.

So, they brought him art supplies and encouraged him to pursue his art in more traditional ways.

His parents entered him into an art competition (NAACP ACT-SO program).

Knight placed second in New Jersey for his oil painting of an African queen, qualifying him for the national competition in Houston.

That experience has exposed Knight to different types of art styles from around the country.

Street, fine, pop and urban art defines Knight’s artwork.

Knight’s artwork touches the subconscious of his collectors.

Tysen Knight’s artwork is recognized all over the world.

The documentary “The Art of Hustle” highlights his growth in the culture of street art with a perfect balance between risk and reward.

Street art has become a hustle for worldwide recognition.

Also featured for the celebration are actor Kiesha D and singer Ciesley Jefferson.

Zelyne Rudolph will be the emcee for the event.

The Black History Celebration luncheon will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the historic Banning Woman’s Club building, 175 W. Hays St. in Banning.

Tickets are $25, and are available online at banningculturalalliance.org/events and by calling (951) 922-4911.

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