Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Studio Africa and Smothers Elementary School

Poster Board created by Studio Facilitator
The Studio Africa program is proud to partner with Smothers Elementary School located at 4400 Brooks Street NE in Washington, DC for the 2013 - 2014 school year.  This year, Studio Africa works with 2 classes comprised of 4th and 5th graders (approximately 50 students total) two - three days per week learning about the vastness and diversity of the continent of Africa.  Studio Africa is extremely excited about working with a school with such a committed Principal, Staff and Teachers - each of whom have welcomed the Studio Africa staff and presenters with open arms making sure everything we need is in place.

Students participate in activities based in three categories:  Creative Arts, Research Technology and Cultural Performance.
The Creative Arts component allows students to explore the beauty and majesty of traditional and modern Africa through a myriad of creative artistic expressions that have and continue to globally define many African cultures such as mask making, painting, mural creation, jewelry making, beading, tie-dye, cooking, fashion, lifestyle and textiles.

The Research and Technology component allows students to explore Africa inside out from antiquity to the present using the internet to study climate, population, geography, topography, and more.
Cultural performance allows students to get out of the traditional classroom setting and feel Africa through music, dance and song.
At the end of the school year, students will have all their projects displayed and do a small performance their parents and family. 

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