Our workshops presented by Kuumba Expressions seek not just to provide a solid foundation for arts education but also to help individuals and communities develop, regardless of their geographic locations, educational background or socioeconomic status. Students in our workshops achieve better in math, reading and other subjects; have fewer behavioral problems; and have better attendance records. One of the best things about our workshops is the way it brings together various community members and gets them actively involved in helping kids learn and grow.
The workshops that we offer include Math, Literacy, West African Dance and Visual Art. They are designed for students ages 6- 12 and are taught by Afrika Abney.
Ms. Abney has developed games to expand critical and creative skills through hands-on fun activities that incorporate the Common Core standards. The concepts focus on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals and fractions, investigating algebraic expressions, computing area and volume of simple geometric figures, understanding the meaning of congruent geometric shapes and the relationship of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, and using percentages and circle graphs to interpret statistical data.
This is a workshop that would help foster a love of reading and the language arts using a variety of strategies that allows students to work with guidance and independently. The target audience is 8 through 10.
West African Dance
Incorporates basic stretches and strengthening within an improvisational warm up set to West African rhythms. Students will learn dances and culture as we embark on a journey of movement from diaspora. Get ready to sweat and have fun.
It is designed to serve youth ages of 6 through 12, including those with developmental disabilities. Participants are provided instruction in painting, using traditional and non-traditional materials, with the intent of enhancing their own natural artistic talent while expanding their fundamental information about compositional studies, light and shadow, and technique. Further, the workshop augments participants’ overall education, particularly their communication skills.