Have you ever wanted to take an African drum class, but felt just a little bit intimidated? Well now is your chance to learn about the vibrant polyrhythms of Guinea, West Africa in a non-threatening atmosphere that is fun, encouraging, and inspirational for beginning and experienced drummers alike!
Join West African Cultural Arts Institute for fabulously fun African dance classes that welcome beginning and experienced dancers!
Kids' classes are offered in the community in addition to schools through a partnership with Amazon Community Center. It's an excellent way for kids to learn about African culture while getting their squirlies out!
Nestled in the exquisite Sierra Nevada mountains, 50 miles east of Fresno, just 7 miles outside of King’s Canyon and Sequoia National Park at 4,300 feet lays Camp Hye Sierra, home of CAMP FARETA.
The second week in August marked the inaugural year of Black Gold Culture Camp, an immersive summer camp for middle school youth of color. The camp is designed to build strong community bonds between participants during this four-day period by teaching positive aspects of African and African American culture through daily, hands on workshops on black history and art movements as well as leadership, civic involvement, and environmental justice.
For the second year in a row WACAI is joining two other teaching artists to bring the performance arts of Guinea, West Africa to kids grades 1-8 in the Veneta community at All About Art Summer Camp. This three-week, hands-on camp, presented by Lane Arts Council, offers safe and fun, experiences in visual and performing arts that promotes creativity, self-expression, and teamwork.
This weekend we took a beautiful ride through the Columbia River Gorge, past the Dalles, landing in La Grande, a town located east of the Blue Mountains and southeast of Pendleton. Several months ago WACAI was contacted by Arts Center East, or ACE, a nonprofit arts education organization founded in 1977 to partner with them to bring the cultural arts of Guinea to this town of approximately 13,000 people.
National Dance Week kicks off today all around the country and this year, for the first time ever Eugene is in the mix of cities and towns officially celebrating this wonderful movement of movement!
West African Cultural Arts Institute's Performance group will be taking the stage to perform Guinea style drumming and dance at this year's "African Night" at BOTH Oregon State University AND Portland State University on Saturday, April 20th!
Are you or anyone you know interested in developing "real life" professional skills while helping do a world of good? If so, please consider applying for WACAI's summer intern position. There are many ways that interns can work with WACAI to achieve their own personal and professional goals while learning the ins and outs of running a vibrant nonprofit organization!
Lauren Watt is a native of Troutdale, Oregon and received a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of Oregon. While in Eugene she performed with a variety of ensembles from the Oregon Jazz Ensemble, Green Garter Band, and saxophone quartets to incidental music at local theaters and parlor concerts in the area.