Starting on Monday sounds of drumming will be heard filling the hallways of Prairie Mountain School once students are dismissed from their school day. West African Cultural Arts Institute will partner with Prairie Mountain School to offer an arts educational program focusing on drum, dance, and culture from Guinea, West Africa to students grades 5-8.
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!
Last Thursday, September 7, Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE) presented the results of the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, a nation-wide study through Americans for the Arts on the economic activity and impact of non-profit arts and cultural organizations on local jobs and local revenue generation. Data that was gathered from 40 non-profit organizations in Eugene shows that the arts generate $62 million and 2400 jobs annually!
Incredible guest artist Ismael "Bonfils" Kouyate is coming to Eugene to teach dance workshops Friday, September 22-24! "Bonfils," whose name means "good son" in French, is a world-renowned artist hailing from Guinea, West Africa. His extensive dance and music experience includes singing and dancing a major role in the Broadway spectacle "Fela," vocals in Beyonce's "Grown Woman" hit single, and performing with Les Ballets Africains! Yes! This artist is a star from the West coast of Africa to the East coast of the United States! Truly phenomenal! Read his bio below to learn more!
This Thursday, September 7th, WACAI will engage the community in a fabulous and FREE, interactive dance demonstration with live drumming during the last hour of LCC's annual open house event! We'll show participants some dance moves native to Guinea, West Africa, home of our talented Artistic Director Alseny Yansane.
This summer, the City of Eugene Recreation Services partnered with a variety of local organizations, including WACAI, to put on "Fun for All," a fun and engaging program designed to bring youth ages 0-17 in Eugene community together. Throughout the summer, partnering organizations showed movies, performed, and led many activities in 6 parks in Eugene. It's been a wonderful summer, but the fun isn't over yet and you haven't missed out!
During Petersen Barn’s Family Fun Night event, WACAI will lead a free guided African dance activity with live drumming! African dance, typically danced barefoot, always coincides with a drum rhythm, and it’s always a community gathering!
The first weekend of August special guest teacher Moustapha Bangoura will be returning to Eugene for some more wonderful dance workshops geared towards all levels! This a great opportunity to study with a teacher and artist who has grown up in the "golden age" of the Guinean cultural arts and who has taught classes, workshops, and conferences all over the world and been honored many times over for his work as a teacher and choreographer.
As a part of the City of Eugene Recreation Services "Fun for All" program this summer, WACAI will offer free demonstrations and dance classes geared toward all ages and ability levels. The City of Eugene Recreation Services has partnered with a variety of local organizations, including WACAI, to put together the fun and family friendly "Fun for All" program.
Every year around the time July rolls around the air just seems to be electric in anticipation for the magical weekend of the Oregon Country Fair! This year there are two opportunities to experience the joy and passion of authentic West African culture at Fair in Xavanadu, the gorgeous new area that was formerly Craft's Lot. Join WACAI on Friday from 6-7 pm in the WorkIt Shop for an awesome African dance class lead by Alseny Yansane and be awed by Guinean cultural performance arts on Saturday from 4:45-5:30 pm on the beautiful and expansive Dance Pavilion Stage! You also can find us drumming and dancing around closing time by the Solutions booth near Fair's entrance that is marked by the big dragon structure on top.
Are you looking for ways to keep your kids active and engaged this summer? Enroll them in WACAI's West African Drum, Dance, and Culture classes at the Oak Hill School Summer Program! In these classes, students learn about West African culture through a variety of hands-on activities and interactive games. Note: Your child does not have to be a student at Oak Hill School during the academic year to enroll in WACAI's Oak Hill School Summer Programs.