The Paul Laurence Dunbar Java, Jazz and Poetry Series is an annual event held to showcase new and emerging talent in Dayton and the surrounding communities, while at the same time, raise funds for local arts organizations. Named for a Dayton Original and Harlem Renaissance poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar, this event recreates an urban renaissance, bringing together jazz musicians, singers, poets, and artists for a unique collaboration. The event occurs the third Fridays of October, November, and December each year. The Paul Laurence Dunbar Java, Jazz and Poetry Series is a prominent thread in Dayton’s arts and entertainment fabric.