Free Community Celebration: Threads of Africa @ North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh [23 September]

Free Community Celebration: Threads of Africa

12:00 - 17:00

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North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
Join us as we unveil the newly reinstalled African art gallery in our East Building with a daylong celebration of African art, nature, music, and culture! The #NCMApark comes alive with music and dance performances, drum-making workshops, collaborative community art activities, food, African cultural activities, and more! Walk the new gallery and experience conversations with experts and storytellers, and participate in a collaborative art project with artist Maya Freelon Asante.

Generous support for the Threads of Africa celebration is provided by Lee and Libby Buck.

This event has been developed in partnership with The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.

Special thanks to our African Community Advisory Panel: Yemi Adewuyi, Mawuena Agbeblewu, Angeloe Burch, Emelia Cowans-Taylor, Carlee Forbes, Pearl Forbes, Nelson Gunn, Michelle Lanier, Braima Moiwai, Bouna Ndiaye, Njami Wa Kabui, Elizabeth Perrill, Scott Phillips, Aya and Teli Shabu, Greg Whitt, Mike Williams, and Tee Effon

Drum making with Magic of African Rhythms
Led by artist Teli Shabu and his family, this drum-making installation invites visitors to see the step-by-step process of creating the intricate West African “talking drums.” The drums-in-progress on display are the culmination of a residency with middle school students from Caldwell County, who worked with the Shabu family to sample African visual and performing art forms such as drumming and adinkra printmaking. Visitors will be able to explore each step and play the finished drums.

Collaborative collage with artist Maya Freelon Asante-
Visitors may help create a tissue paper quilt under the guidance of this award-winning Durham artist. The collaborative installation will remain on display on the Museum campus.

North Carolina Zoo station with African animals-
Representatives from the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro will be on hand with a collection of African insects and animals, including a ball python, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, and African giant millipede. Visitors will have the chance to see and touch the creatures.

Hands-on cultural connections in the gallery-
At stations around the African art gallery, experts will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the cultural connections between ancient and modern art. Artists include Ibrahim Said, an Egyptian ceramic artist, and Amponsah Opuku, a North Carolina Central University student and descendant of Ghana royalty, who will discuss kente cloth with samples visitors can touch.

Storytelling, culinary demonstrations, and art making throughout galleries and Park-
Hands-on and participatory opportunities include storytelling with Braima Moiwai, a West African storyteller and artist who has been performing for more than 30 years; culinary stations with Chef Kabui and The Palace International Restaurant to highlight both traditional and modern takes on African foods; and additional art making inspired by the African collection, including a project inspired by the Dutch Wax process and an exploration of color and pattern in African kente cloth with Artist Candy Carver and Nadjib Assani.

Parade through the Park-
At 3 pm the completed drums from the ShabuFamily drum making will be played and paraded through the Park by the Magic of African Rhythms and celebration visitors. The walk through the Park will showcase the instruments and highlight their breadth of sounds.

Outdoor music performances-
A series of performances and workshops will be staged on the John Deere Green between noon and 3:15 pm, including Senegalese kora master Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba; Congolese ensemble Muningu, which mixes jazz, Afropop, and reggae influences with traditional sounds from the Republic of Congo; and Charlotte-based Ewe Dancers.

Food trucks and beverage tent
Visitors can choose from more than 20 food trucks throughout the day; a beverage tent features beer from local breweries. Lunch trucks include The Palace International, BO's kitchen, Qspresso Food Truck, Flirting With Fire Mobile Wood Fired Pizza, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, and more. The dinner trucks will feature Thai Box Zing Catering, Cockadoodlemoo Truck, The Humble Pig, MacUrRoni, JAM Ice Cream, and more.
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