Over 1600 guests visited us today and saw these mind-bending contortions!

Ziporah Roney wows the Earth Matters crowd as Chelsea Green and the Green Project play in the NMAfA Pavilion for Community Day.

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Chelsea Green and the Green Project bring the house down!

Check out Chelsea Green’s roof-raising close!

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Join us tomorrow at Community Day!

Community Day Flyer

Each year the museum hosts a Community Day for people of all ages that highlights the talent coming out of Africa and its Diaspora through music, dance, film and art. This free event is a wonderful opportunity to engage people new and frequent museum visitors.We have an array of special performers and events on Community Day that inspire visitors to learn more about the art, culture and people of Africa.

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Chelsey Green and The Green Project bring new life to the classical tradition.

Performing music that could be described as “Classical Soul,” Chelsey Green and The Green Project give the violin an electrifying new voice and bring the unmatched tone, richness and vibrancy of acoustic violin playing to audiences in a way they have never experienced.

The Green Project incorporates the repertoire and techniques of standard classical music performance to re-identify popular favorites and perform exciting original tunes in genres across the board including Soul, R&B, Pop, Jazz, Funk, Rock, and more!

Come see her perform at Community Day along with her band The Green Project in the Pavilion fron 2:30-3:15. In the meantime, get a sneak peek of her funky grooves and visit at her website.

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DC Youth Slam Team

The DC Youth Slam Team uses spoken word poetry to teach and empower teens from the DC metropolitan area to speak up about issues of social justice. With free weekly writing workshops, monthly open mics, poetry slams, and annual travel to regional and national competitions, the team provides training and a platform for talented district youth to develop their poetry and public speaking skills with guidance from mentors and peers.

These talented poets will be perofrming at 1:30 and again at 3:00 on Sublevel 2 in Earth Matters. Suppport them on Facebook and check out some of their past performances!

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Bongaman presents: Live Art Demonsration in the Courtyard!

Bongaman is a multimedia Cameroonian artist living and working in the Washington, DC area. His artwork depicts the inherent struggles and celebrations in human life through symbolism and metaphor, much like stories from an oral tradition. People and culture are at the center of his work, and his observations of the communities in which he spends time are wrapped into multilateral expressions that depict inquiry and possibility.

Bongaman’s passion for art began when he studied with local artists as a child and gravitated toward the creative possibilities in abstract art. He has exhibited his work at a variety of international cultural institutions in Cameroon’s capitol city of Yaoundé. Embassies and art schools awarded him prizes, such as “Best Artist” and “Most Creative Artist” in Cameroonian art competitions. Bongaman was also given the honor of displaying his work in the National Museum of Cameroon and opened an art gallery in Yaoundé where he sold his artwork to a range of international clients. After moving to the United States, Bongaman became a resident artist at Glen Echo Park from 2008-2010.

Oil paint and multimedia mixtures are the main materials used in Bongaman’s artwork. He is extremely resourceful and creative in his material use and in his understanding of contrast in the form of texture, shape, and color. His bold color choices are influenced by the vibrant culture from which he originates. Bongaman has a unique understanding of balance, layering of imagery, and exaggeration of forms that make his work intriguing.

There is always a story to be found within Bongaman’s paintings, and often many stories. Symbols layer throughout the design. The innovative use of lines and color in Bongaman’s work allow for concealed imagery to constantly unveil itself with additional viewing. His lines become faces and figures as they shape their paths across the canvas, and the paintings require the viewer to take time to navigate the multitude of hidden imagery that lies within the image. He encourages viewers to spend time with the work, and they are constantly unfolding the layers of meaning and making new connections to the stories within his paintings.

Join him in the courtyard all day on Saturday as he presents his live art demonstration.

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Dr. Rennie Harris brings R.H.A.W. energy to the NMAfA Pavilion

Choreographer, dancer, artistic director, and professor of dance, Rennie Harris, brings his youth troupe, Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works to the Smithsonian this Saturday! They will help us celebrate Community Day with two quick yet dramatic performances from 2:00-2:15 and then again from 4:00-4:20.

Conceived in 2007, RHAW is a youth organization driven by community outreach, education, and mentorship. Dr. Harris’ inspiration for this youth driven company comes from the overwhelming interest from teens and young adults to join his internationally renowned company Rennie Harris Puremovement. Ultimately RHAW is a training company that will teach its pre-professional dancers professionalism, production, Street Dance History, and techniques of Campbell Locking, Popping,m Boogaloo, B-boy/girl, House and Hip hop social dance. the abstract while pushing a dramatic aesthetic, RHAW will forge new paths for young hip hop hopefuls, and will present Hip hop in its “RHAW-est” forms. Enjoy a taste of what’s in store for you:

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