The Arts Council of Louisville's SANKOFA ARTS EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, LEADERSHIP AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT focuses on heritage, character building, social responsibility, respect of self and others, and family values for cultural enrichment. Our signature Arts Technology STEAM based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, Mathematics) program provides training in Computer Skills, Web Design, Career and Research Development; Effective Communication and related skills. Arts Education, Technology and Leadership are tools in which youth learn cooperation, team building, career exploration, set goals for academic excellence and make intelligent choices. It is the purpose of SANKOFA to touch, teach and reach youth through the arts.
For a span of 18 years, the Arts Council of Louisville has presented SANKOFA as a youth development opportunity at seven neighborhood hubs in Metro Louisville that serve large under-served populations and at risk youth in predominately the zip code areas of 40203, 40210, 40211, 40212 and several others. In collaboration with the River City Drum Corps, the first session consists of the arts of music, storytelling, traditional West African drumming on Djembe drums, and dancing which encourages youth to take the "wisdom from the past, use it in the present to build a great future," an Asante Proverb from Ghana, West Africa.
During the second session, a 4-week Summer Internship Program is held geared toward middle school and high school students in collaboration with Project One, Inc. and Spalding University. SANKOFA Scholars attend classes working with programs such as WordPress and Microsoft Office; develop skills in Media Communications and related topics; engage in dialogue, presentations and/or workshops with Guest Speakers and Artists; experience Arts & Cultural Explorations; tour Spalding University including conversation with President Tori Murden McClure and the Kentucky College of Art & Design.
"Youth Drumming for Peaceful Neighborhoods"
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SPONSORS & PARTNERS
LOUISVILLE METRO COUNCIL
Councilman David Tandy (District 4)
Councilman David James (District 6)
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton (District 5)
Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (District 2)
Councilwoman Mary C. Woolridge (District 3)
Councilwoman Jessica Green (District 1)
BAILE'S AFRICAN DRUM WORKS
NEW ZION BAPTIST CHURCH
Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Founder & Arts Administrator
RIVER CITY DRUM CORP
Ed White, Founder
BRIDGE KIDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Stacy Bailey-Ndaiye, Executive Director
Chanita D. Taylor, Arts Technology Administrator
Clinton Bennett, Videographer
Fred Reynolds, Video Editor
Thank you for your support!
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