Since 2007, the Studio Africa Project has served DC Public Schools in connecting its students to African art and culture. Studio Africa is a yearlong program aimed to provide educational, cultural and artistic experiences on Africa for elementary students that will enable them to understand the continents varied geography, cultures, languages and people.
The education process is fostered by monthly hands-on art workshops led by museum staff, and dance and music demonstrations and performances led by professional musicians and dancers. Studio Africa is a partnership between the National Museum of African Art and the Links, Incorporated (Potomac Chapter).
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About the Links, Inc. (Potomac Chapter):
A national organization of over 10,000 professional women of color who are accomplished, dedicated and active in our communities. Link members are newsmakers, activists, role models, volunteers and mentors, joined in friendship and the goal of purposeful service. Through our 274 chapters in 42 states, The Links, Incorporated focuses on four primary areas of interest and service. The service areas are youth, national and international trends, and the arts.
2010-2012 School Participant:
Kramer Middle School
Located in the historic Anacostia neighborhood of DC, Kramer Middle School is dedicated to serving students in grades 6 through 8. Faculty and staff work extremely hard to ensure that students are successful, both inside and outside the classroom.
Washington, DC 20020
Studio Africa Facilitator: Diallo Sumbry
Teacher: Tiffani Scott
Previous School Participants:
2007-2008: Rudolph Elementary and Community Academy Public Charter School
2008-2009: Community Academy Public Charter School and Tyler Elementary
2009-2010: Community Academy Public Charter School and Tyler Elementary
2010: Wheatley Education Campus and Payne Elementary School
- To provide monthly workshops for students in the District of Columbia to meet and participate in cultural and artistic activities about Africa.
- To provide opportunities for students to learn about the cultural etiquette, community, and history of African countries.
- To provide an assessment of student participants learning outcomes.
- To provide opportunities for the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art to collaborate with community and outside organizations such as, the Links Inc. (Potomac Chapter) in presenting outreach programs for DC Public Schools.