YA Offers the Best Arts Education Programs for Black History Month
I, Nat Love
Playing the black cowboy, Nat Love, Rochel Garner Coleman treats the audience to the life and times of this ex-slave who joined thousands of others like him to explore and settle the West. Based on stories from Love’s autobiography, this one-man show was written by Rochel and underwent development at the Langston Hughes Center for […]
This ground-breaking assembly focuses on student involvement in the American Civil Rights movement through dance, audience participation, and a variety of interactive activities. They tackle racism, segregation, and the struggle for freedom in a safe, family friendly atmosphere of Hip Hop. Students hear the words of Dr. King, learn how nonviolent direct action helped end […]
In Freedom Stories, gifted storyteller TAHIRA shares tales of freedom fighters in this dramatic performance. She offers a compelling look at the men and women who took extraordinary risks for freedom. TAHIRA also includes freedom songs such as, John the Rabbit, which contained coded messages used by enslaved Africans to devise a plan of escape. […]
Come along on a journey to explore some of the ways West African Diaspora cultural practices are used to affirm community, communicate values, enhance cultural sensitivity, and inspire meaningful dialogue. Program options include storytelling, dance, drum, and song from Mali, Guinea, Senegal, The Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Haiti, and the United States.
This delightful and poignant production includes many songs of the Civil Rights era and brings this historical time alive for children. When a child tells his aunt about a bully on his bus, she gives him advice by recounting the tale of Rosa Parks and the events that led to a revolution in racial justice. […]
Students discover West African dance as a means of communication and cultural expression that reﬂects an ancient and socially diverse society. By exploring dances from Gambia, the Ivory Coast, Mali and other West African countries, students understand the connection that dance has to everyday life of the people of Africa.
In this interactive assembly, Ssuuna introduces students to the artistry of African culture through dance, music, and storytelling. Sharing music from his native Uganda using authentic African instruments such as the thumb piano and one-stringed ﬁddle, Ssuuna inspires students to compare and contrast cultures and to learn the importance of respecting cultural differences. The program […]
Students learn traditional drum rhythms and dances from different regions of Uganda. Working together—some as drummers and others as dancers—they explore the history and meaning behind the East African steps and drumbeats.
YA Teaching Artist Rebecca Kelly and students at Hudson Maxim School in Lake Hopatcong, NJ are breathing life into fairytales. "One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience....storytelling is a tool for knowing who we are and what we want." Ursula K. Le Guin, American Science-Fiction Author ... See MoreSee Less
"David Gonzalez was AMAZING!! He captivated them from the minute he stepped onto the stage and held their attention for the entire program. He is truly a gifted storyteller!"
Media Specialist Jefferson Elementary
"Mark (Lohr) was an awesome performer! Adults and children alike both were thoroughly entertained and laughed the entire time. He is definitely someone we would consider again."
Youth Services Librarian, Laurel Public Library
"Our school community truly appreciated the art that the performers of Almanac Dance Circus Theatre brought to us. It was an amazing experience enjoyed by all! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to bring this program to children!"
Vice Principal, Copper Hill Elementary
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