SANKOFA 2015

"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)


REPUBLIC BANK
BAILE'S AFRICAN DRUM WORKS
NEW ZION BAPTIST CHURCH











Nana Yaa Asantewaa, Founder &  Arts Administrator

ARTS PARTNERS
RIVER CITY DRUM CORP
Ed White, Founder


BRIDGE KIDS INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Stacy Bailey-Ndaiye, Executive Director


SANKOFA DANCE THEATER 
Kibibi Ajanku, Founder
Salim Ajanku, Percussionist

TECHNICAL TEAM
Chanita D. Taylor, Arts Technology Administrator
Clinton Bennett, Videographer
Fred Lee Reynolds, Editor


Thank you for your support!
All rights reserved © Arts Council of Louisville, Inc.

​​​​​​SANKOFA  ARTS EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, LEADERSHIP AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT focuses on heritage, character building, social responsibility, communications skills, respect of self and others, and family values for cultural enrichment. 


For a span of 17 years, the Arts Council of Louisville has presented Sankofa as a youth development arts education opportunity at five neighborhood hubs in Metro Louisville. More than 300 participated in 2015. We have expanded. Our signature initiative continues to engage young people from under-served neighborhoods in arts education as a tool to learn cooperation, team building, career exploration, set goals for academic excellence and to make intelligent choices. The resident artists will be Sankofa Dance Theater in our 2016 summer schedule. Their artistry and thirty years professional arts education and performing arts in traditional West African Culture is a collaboration between Arts Council of Louisville, River City Drum Corp and Bridge Kids International for this coming summer.


The arts of music, storytelling, traditional West African drumming on Djembe drums, and dancing encourages youth to take the "wisdom from the past, use it in the present to build a great future."(Asante Proverb Ghana West Africa)  It is the purpose of Sankofa to touch, teach and reach youth through the arts. The arts educational programs held during the first session are in collaboration with the River City Drum Corp and Project One. The programs are located at neighborhood hubs that serve large under-served populations and at risk youth. Predominately zip codes, 40203, 40210, 40211, 40212 and several others. 


The 2016 sites include: Salvation Army, Parkland Boys and Girls Club,  Southwick Metro Parks and Recreation Center, Camp Africa at Catholic Enrichment Center, Neighborhood House and St. George Summer Camp for Youth. The proposed hubs for the fall are Americana Community Center, Parkhill Metro Parks and Recreation Center, and California Community Center. During the summer sessions, professional artists instruct the youth.


During the second session, a Summer Internship Program geared toward middle school and high school students. In cooperation with Project One and Spalding University, SANKOFA Scholars attend classes for 4-weeks being instructed in Arts Technology, Career Training and Research Development. Working with programs such as WordPress and Microsoft Office, developing skills in Media Communications and related topics; engage in dialogue with Guest Speakers; and a tour of Spalding University including conversation with President Tori Murden McClure as well as the Kentucky School of Art.


​​​​​SANKOFA  ARTS EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY, LEADERSHIP AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM focuses on heritage, character building, social responsibility, communications skills, respect of self and others, and family values for cultural enrichment. 


For a span of 17 years,the participants have been engaged in arts education as a tool to learn cooperation, team building, career exploration and set goals for academic excellence with a positive attitude. 


The arts of music, storytelling, traditional West African drumming on Djembe drums, and dancing encourages youth to take the "wisdom from the past, use it in the present to build a great future."(Asante Proverb Ghana West Africa)  It is the purpose of Sankofa to touch, teach and reach youth through the arts. The arts educational programs held during the first session are in collaboration with the River City Drum Corp and Project One. The programs are located at neighborhood hubs that serve large under-served populations and at risk youth. Predominately zip codes, 40203, 40210, 40211, 40212 and several others. 


The 2015 sites include; Salvation Army Girls and Boys Clubs, Parkland Boys and Girls Club;  Southwick Metro Parks and Recreation Center; Camp Africa at Catholic Enrichment Center; Neighborhood House; and St. George Summer Camp for Youth. The proposed hubs for the fall are Americana Community Center,Parkhill Metro Parks and Recreation Center, and California Community Center. During the summer sessions, professional artists instruct the youth.


During second session, Summer Internship Program geared towards middle and high school youth. In cooperation with Project One and Spalding University, SANKOFA Scholars attend classes for 4-weeks in Arts Technology, Career Training and Research Development. Working with programs such WordPress and Microsoft Office, developing skills in media communications and related topics; engage in dialogue with guest speakers; tour of Spalding University and the Kentucky School of Art. 


sankofa arts education, Technology, 


Leadership and Youth Development department