2019 Arts and Culture Programs
Our arts and culture programs are designed to build quality relationships across differences of race and culture through small multicultural community events that will engage you in creativity, participatory learning and the joy of discovery. Our 2019 programs begin on June 1. Click on the photos and buttons below for quick links to register for upcoming events. Click the calendar over to the month of June to see our scheduled events. Scroll down on this page for more information on some of our upcoming June events. Please keep an eye on this page: we'll be posting the full calendar of events soon!
Saturday June 1, 2019, 11 AM - 12:30 PM behind the Authentica Art Gallery
Senegalese Sabar Drumming with Assane Coly and Krista Speroni. Sabar is a family of drums, a style of music, a dance, a culture and way of life in Senegal, West Africa. This joyful interactive drumming workshop will be led by two of the winners of the A Sense of Place project's African-American and African Diaspora Arts & Culture Community Engagement grants. Participants will learn basic strokes, meanings, and stories connected to the Sabar drum. This is an outdoor session, perfect for families with small children and for all who love the rhythm of the drum. First 20 participants will be loaned a drum to use during the engagement. Everyone else: bring your own drum, or just clap along and enjoy the beats!
Saturday June 1, 2019, 4 - 6 PM at the Historic Barn House
Black Fortunes: The Story of the First African Americans Who Survived Slavery and Became Millionaires. Brooklyn journalist and author Shomari Wills will read from selected parts of his book on Saturday, June 1, 2019, from 4-6 p.m. in the historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm. Q&A, discussion, refreshments and socializing to follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase!
About the Book:
Wills' first book, Black Fortunes, shares the untold stories of America's first black millionaires.
Some Discussion Questions:
What are the lessons that we can learn from these historic accounts?
In today’s times, what inspiration can we draw from these stories?
Saturday June 8, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM behind the Authentica Art Gallery
and Saturday July 13, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM behind the Authentica Art Gallery
West African Drumming with Ismael Bangoura. Master Teaching Artist Ismael Bangoura will engage participants with the rhythms, patterns, and sequences of West African drumming. You will learn cultural songs and will be enveloped in the echo of the djembe and the doundoun right on the Clemmons Family Farm. You'll also be connected to the music that is a part of celebrating births, death, marriage, the harvest, and other rites of passage in West African culture. Nourish your mind, body and soul with these wonderful healing beats!
Saturday June 22, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM behind the Authentica Art Gallery
and Saturday July 14, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM behind the Authentica Art Gallery
West African Dance with Sidiki Sylla and Ismael Bangoura. This is a participatory dance workshop that brings the movement and sounds of West Africa to the Clemmons Family Farm. In this dance workshop, participants will be transported to West Africa through dance as they learn and duplicate dance moves that are key to the culture. Dance and music are part of daily life, used to celebrate birth, death, marriage, the harvest and other rites of passage in West African culture. You are invited to join this interactive workshop that will be a challenge to the body and nourishing to the mind. This fun community event will be led by Master Teaching Artists Sidiki Boze Sylla and Ismael Bangoura, both originally from Guinea. Participants should wear comfortable clothing for movement and bring their water bottles for this high energy adventure!