Summer Art Camp: Harambee! Arts and Crafts from the African Continent

Aug 02, 2021 9:00AM—Aug 06, 2021 12:00PM


When: Aug. 2-6, 9am-12pm

Ages: 6-10

Harambee is a Kiswahili word from Kenya’s national language that means “all pull together.” Join together with artist Vanessa Johnson to explore Africa through arts and crafts, storytelling, drama, and music. Have fun weaving, tie-dying, sewing, stamping, and printing. Make a musical instrument, sew a West African neck pouch, and celebrate the earth’s environment and its animals. Hear stories from Botswana, South Africa, and Ghana, and make the legend of Anansi the Spider come alive.

Art Camps will be held in person in our spacious studio spaces. Students will be required to wear face masks and maintain social distance.

Cost:              Members $115 / Non-Members $130

About the teacher:

Vanessa Johnson

I am a Griot, a Teller of Tales!  I Tell through my story performances, one-woman shows, mixed media quilts, plays, short stories, and I sing tales with my storytelling band, Matie Massie!  

I tell traditional tales from Africa, from African-American culture, and from the African Diaspora.   My tales of Social Justice include the Voices of the Enslaved and of Abolitionists who fought against slavery in the United States. 

I lend my voice to the Diverse Activists of the Women’s Rights Movement and of the Civil Rights Movement.

I Tell Earth -Justice Tales and share biographical tales of living as an African-American Woman in the U.S. and part-time in Ghana. 

My storytelling band Matie Masie (Twi for “I listen, I understand.”) tells and sings stories to original music, rooted in African American musical traditions; Spirituals, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, and Hip Hop. We collaborate with writers to turn their work into sung performance.