The city of Pine Bluff will host Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin for the kick off for youth programming at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

The Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring the youth project, according to a new release.

Titled “Lift, the Experience,” the program will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. It focuses on elevating a generation through empowerment, inspiration and leadership in the city, according to the release.

The program will feature Miss America Nia Franklin, a classically trained opera singer and advocate for the arts, according to

Franklin was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., and lived in the state through graduate school, according to the website.

“She earned an undergraduate degree in composition from East Carolina University, and a master’s in fine arts from The University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts. Shortly after, Nia was awarded a Kenan Fellowship at New York’s Lincoln Center Education and made the move to New York City. She currently resides in Brooklyn,” according to the website.

The program at Pine Bluff will also include Mayor Shirley Washington, and panelists state Rep. Vivian Flowers, Keidra Burrell, a lawyer; Katherine Glover-Collins and Ajia Richardson.

“During this event, the community will be inspired, motivated and empowered to energize the efforts to provide quality youth programming to the youth in Pine Bluff,” according to the release.

Admission is $20 for general admission, $10 for those with a college ID and free for youth 17 years old and younger. Tickets are available at or the Parks and Recreation office.

Details: Samuel Glover, director of the Pine Bluff Parks & Recreation Department, 870-536-0920.