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KWANZAA 2014: Our Brightest Lights

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Savion Glover Kwanzaa 2014

Kwanzaa shines brightly at the Museum! Joing the Museum's 36th annual Kwanzaa celebration to experience the rich traditions of Kwanzaa dn honor the holiday's seven guiding principles. 

WELCOME TO KWANZAA

MILSTEIN HALL OF OCEAN LIFE | PROGRAM AT NOON AND 3 PM

Discover the seven principles of Kwanzaa with Artistic Director of Yaffa Cultural Arts Linda Humes with Master Drummer Sanga of the Valley and LeeAnet Noble, along with some of our community’s brightest lights—youth drummers William Diarra Humes and Jason Simmons with the high-stepping Eagle Academy for Young Men of Harlem.

THE UJAMAA EXPERIENCE

MILSTEIN HALL OF OCEAN LIFE | PROGRAM AT NOON AND 3 PM

In the true spirt of Ujamaa (cooperative economics), we will learn how Chiedza McCannon of Afrodesiac Worldwide and MarQuerite Gandy of Ecowrist, LLC empower our global community through their artistic creations. Designs will be displayed to full effect with stunning models. Talk about style with substance! Music by award-winning musician Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes and Tha Unit.

SAVION GLOVER’S FUNKY KWANZAA CELEBRATION

MILSTEIN HALL OF OCEAN LIFE | PROGRAM AT NOON AND 3 PM

Tony Award-winning tap super star Savion Glover marks his Museum debut with the world premiere of a new creation crafted especially for the Museum’s Kwanzaa festival! Joined by dynamic dancers and accompanied by live musicians, Glover rings in the Kwanzaa holiday with astounding technique, fancy footwork and blinding speed! Celebrate the spirit of Kwanzaa through the power of one of our generation’s most brilliant artists! Q&A to follow both shows.

FILM SCREENING: THEY ARE WE

KAUFMANN THEATER | SCREENINGS AT 1:45 PM AND 4:30 PM

Can a family separated by the transatlantic slave trade for 170 years sing and dance its way back together? THEY ARE WE (2014), a film by Emma Christopher, academic historian, writer and anti-slavery campaigner who is on the faculty at the University of Sydney, tells the story of survival against the odds and how determination and shared humanity can triumph over the bleakest of histories. Special introduction by H.E.A. Missouri Sherman- Peter, Permanent Observer of the Caribbean Community to the United Nations (CARICOM). Languages featured: English, English Subtitles, Gbande + Kono, Krio, Mende and Spanish. Q&A to follow with Cultural Anthropologist Monique Scott and Acclaimed Photographer Delphine Fawundu. Popcorn included!

KWANZAA INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE

MILSTEIN HALL OF OCEAN LIFE | OPEN NOON–4 PM

Honor the seven principles of Kwanzaa with dance, song, and an international marketplace with fun giveaways throughout the day, including tickets to Savion Glover’s STePz at the Staller Center for the Arts Main Stage, tickets to Birth of American Orchestra, performed by The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and a UNICEF Leather Kindle Case designed by an artisan from West Africa.

Program is subject to change.

Support for Celebrate Culture programs is provided, in part, by the Sidney, Milton, and Leoma Simon Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc.,  the family of Frederick H. Leonhardt, and The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation. 

KWANZAA 2014: OUR BRIGHTEST LIGHTS and HERE WE STAND: HONOR BLACK HISTORY are co-presented by Community Works and New Heritage Theatre Group.

The Kwanzaa marketplace is organized by the Harlem Arts Alliance.

Photo courtesy of Savion Glover Productions

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