To that end, she's hosting Bringing Forth Beauty: African American Women Create, a panel discussion and presentation with Lisa Grady-Willis, Helen Littlejohn, Lady Speech, Rosie Smith, Lea Chapman and Dannette Hollowell, women who work in a variety of cultural fields, from fine art and spoken word to dance, theater and even quilt-making.
"I'm hoping people will also bring their teens," Hurd says. "I'm sure there are a lot of little girls who are probably entertaining the idea, or are drawn to the idea of, working in the arts. But I don't feel like there's enough programming for them. I want these artists to offer them insight into what their journey has been. Kids need to have the opportunity to hear or talk to someone who's accessible to them, to see what they might look forward to and get perspective on it."
Regardless of your age, the afternoon promises to enrich; interact with the panel from 1 to 5 p.m. at the library, 2401 Welton Street. Admission is free; get information at www.aarl.denverlibrary.org or call 720-865-2401.
Sat., Feb. 25, 1-5 p.m., 2012