West African Cultural Arts Institute offers the opportunity to experience Guinea through drum, dance, and cultural experiences both locally and abroad. We provide programming for all ages and skill levels. Founded by Alseny and Andrea Yansane, we aim to share our joy and passion of West African culture through vibrant educational programs. All proceeds benefit charitable projects in Guinea which promote artistic, emotional and physical health.

We are a 501(c)3 organization!

Programs include:

Youth Classes
Kids' classes are offered in the community in addition to the 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!

School Assemblies
Let your spirit soar as Alseny Yansane, former artist with the world renowned Ballets Africains, transports you to his native country of Guinea, West Africa through traditional music, dance, and song.

Enhance your children’s scholastic experience by enlivening the classroom with hands on learning taught by professional teaching artists who integrate classroom curriculum and school wide themes to reinforce academic concepts and excite learners!

Lectures and Demonstrations
WACAI's lecture demonstrations are fascinating and engaging, offering a stimulating and interactive way to help participants get an authentic view of everyday life in Guinea and how these everyday life activities influence the cultural arts.