Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation Organizes Kwanzaa Celebration

The Brooklyn-based Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation announces Kwanzaa celebrations and djembe lessons for the third consecutive year at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, December 26-30, 2021. explore the city and explore the seven principles of Kwanzaa with dynamic performances, workshops, art projects and festive cuisine throughout the week. For tickets and more information, visit brooklynkids.org/kwanzaa/.

Umoja – Sounds and Movements of Africa

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Morning session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

10:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Asase Yaa presents the story of Kwanzaa and an African dance workshop

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

11:40 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Asase Yaa presents the history of Kwanzaa and an African dance workshop

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: ColorLab Art Workshop – Unity Cuts and Community Mural (walk-in program)

Afternoon session: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

2:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Asase Yaa presents the story of Kwanzaa and an African dance workshop

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

3:40 – 4:20 p.m.: Asase Yaa presents The Story of Kwanzaa and African Dance Workshop

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

2:30 – 4:45 p.m.: ColorLab Art Workshop – Unity Cuts and Community Mural (walk-in program)

Kujichagulia – The Rhythm of Kwanzaa

Monday, December 27, 2021

Morning session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

12:00 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.: Performance by Kwanzaa with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: ColorLab Art Workshop – Unity Cuts and Community Mural (walk-in program)

Afternoon session: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.: Performance by Kwanzaa with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

2:30 – 4:45 p.m.: ColorLab Art Workshop – Unity Cuts and Community Mural (walk-in program)

Ujima – Redefining the Drums of Passion

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Morning session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: African dance workshop

10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: ColorLab Art Workshop – Unity Cuts and Community Mural (walk-in program)

Afternoon session: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: African dance workshop

2:30 – 4:45 p.m.: ColorLab Art Workshop – Unity Cuts and Community Mural (walk-in program)

Ujamaa – Voices of our youth

Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Morning session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

10:30 – 10:55: Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation featuring Sharon Gordon with Jamaican folk tales

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: African dance class led by the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation

12:00 – 12:25: Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation featuring Sharon Gordon with Jamaican folk tales

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: African dance class led by Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation

10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: ColorLab Art Workshop – Unity Cuts and Community Mural (walk-in program)

Afternoon session: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

2:30 – 2:55: Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation featuring Sharon Gordon with Jamaican folk tales

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: African dance class led by the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation

4:00 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.: Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation featuring Sharon Gordon with Jamaican folk tales

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: African dance class led by Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation

2:30 – 4:45 p.m.: ColorLab Art Workshop – Unity Cuts and Community Mural (walk-in program)

Nia – Carnival Traditions

Thursday, December 30, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Morning session: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.: JouvayFest parade of the Hearts of Steel rhythm section

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

11:40 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.: JouvayFest Hearts of Steel Rhythm Section Procession

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: ColorLab art workshop – Carnival accessories (free program)

Afternoon session: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

2:30 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.: Parade of the Hearts of Steel rhythm section of the JouvayFest

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

3:40 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.: Parade of the Hearts of Steel rhythm section of the JouvayFest

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Djembe and rhythm lessons

2:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: ColorLab art workshop – Carnival accessories (free program)

About Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation

Asase Yaa (“Mother Earth”) began life as the vision of brothers Kofi Osei Williams and Yao Ababio. They pooled their childhood experiences, knowledge, community awareness and performance skills to start African dance and drumming workshops in the 90s that grew into thriving summer camps, in art schools and in spectacular concerts with other like-minded dance companies. As the concept developed, Kofi’s future wife, Rubie, first joined their dance troupe as a dancer, then held a series of administrative positions. They have drawn professionals from across Africa and the Caribbean to Broadway to participate as educators and consultants to create an affordable program for children, adults, seniors and entire families. For more information visit: https://www.asaseyaaent.org/

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