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The idea for our organization began amongst a few friends in a Google+ chatroom discussing what the community needs. Through our spirited conversations, we discussed what the community lacked and how we could assist in fulfilling that need. As a result we came up with combining the arts and helping the community. The vehicle of this idea became known as "The Poetic Soul Festival."  


We settled on the naming the organization "Agape1969," and decided on "The Poetic Soul Festival" being its staple event. Through fundraising and growing ideas it was inevitable that this nonprofit was born.


Our mission is to bring opportunities to the community by way of the arts. We will be doing this through events, fundraising, conferences and more. We hope to be able to support the community through scholarship programs, mentorship, helping other active charities with their needs, and to make sure our communities are growing and becoming self-sufficient. 

Meet The Team

Kim Barnes

Founder & Executive Director


Pastor Florance M. McElroy

General Counsel & Director, Business Development


Dr. Latonia Thigpen

Chief Technology Officer


Minx Couture

Senior Creative Arts Director

Princess Pierre 

Creative Arts Curator

Jacqueline Salter|

Senior Director, Customer Experience

Mission Statement:

Quietly creating self sufficient communities by supporting the creative nature in all of us. 

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