The small town of Denton is well-known to have a big heart and soul for music. Known to be the home of the best and highly respected college music programs in the U.S. and worldwide, specifically in Jazz, Denton and the University of North Texas are very prideful of their amazing talents and are very eager to play music for the public. The 37th Annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is arriving soon later this month of April and the city of Denton could not be any readier for it.
This festival defines who the city of Denton is and what this city’s culture is all about. From displayed artwork, food and activities, to a lot of fun dancing, there never is a dull moment at this festival; there will be tons of things to do and see. Special appearances and performances will be made by the Jack DeJohnette Trio, Aaron Neville, and the Brave Combo, so it is something residents in Denton do not want to miss. The best part? There is no need to worry about paying anything because the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is entirely open to the public for free admission thanks to the support of organizations in the city.
This year’s Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is yet again a three-day event beginning on Friday April 28th until Sunday April 30th. The event will take place at the Denton’s Quakertown Park and Facilities, right outside of the Square. The first day the event will begin in the late afternoon at 5 p.m. and will end at 11 p.m. The next two days will be an going-on event all day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
As the weekend approaches, most of us are getting in touch with friends to make plans, making reservations to our favorite Fort Worth restaurants, and maybe even getting a relaxing manicure. Some weekends you may find yourself to be more “tapped out” then others, but you probably don’t mind too much when you stream almost any movie or television show to your television, and enjoy Americas new favorite past time; binge watching. However, as you are dancing, and drinking with friends Downtown, or on 7th St. there is a much sadder affair happening not too far away.
Along the streets of Fort Worth, there are people who have been forgotten by family and friends. Some may not have ever had close family, some may have burned too may bridges, and others are sick with addiction or mental illness. According to the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition or tchc, there were 2,425 people who were homeless within Tarrant and Parker Country in 2014. This is a gut-wrenching statistic, the tchc also recognizes that almost 30% of those who are homeless are children and teens under the age of 18. This is even more alarming and heartbreaking.
The stigma around homelessness basically revolves around “laziness” and “druggies”, but this is what helps others to look away and not care. It is easier to blame the victim, instead of having empathy for whatever circumstances that caused these lost souls to be without a home or food. Why are we more willing to look away, then helping? Every child deserves a home and three square meals a day. Fort Worth can do better, and so can the citizens within.