NSBD Teens Reflect While Building Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar Exhibition

As we wrap up our work during the final stages of the exhibition project our teens decided to share some thoughts about their overall experience with the Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar project.

Here is what some of them had to say about the project:

Great experience going to Joloff and eating Senegalese food. Brittney E.

This project was a lot of work, but I enjoyed learning about Dakar and the dance classes we took at Cumbe. Sheeba B.

I learned a lot about Dakar, Senegal and Senegalese culture. Erica N.

I’m putting filmmaker on my resume and the project has given me a better understanding of Africa and Senegal. Brionna U.

I enjoyed learning to work with people in a group, gaining leadership skills, and tasting the Senegalese food at Joloff restaurant. Jinelle T.

It opened my eyes to Senegalese culture and I can now say I am a curator. Rayanna A.

The great thing about doing projects like this is that you can engage participants on many different levels. Some will like project-based work, others filmmaking, others research and writing, others will enjoy design, while still others will enjoy the cultural immersion like the dancing, drumming and food tasting that we participated in.

We’re really excited that our students were able to get so many things out of the process, skills that will help them academically and in life.

Interviewing Papa Diagme

For our last interview, our teens returned to Brooklyn’s famous Joloff restaurant where we sat down with Papa Diagme to learn more about his life and career as Senegalese restaurant owner and chef. Papa Diagme and his wife have been in business since 1995. On our first trip to Joloff some of our teens experienced Senegalese cuisine for the very first time. They really enjoyed the traditional dishes we ordered last time so after our interview with Papa Diagme we treated them to some more delicious Senegalese food and beverages!

Papa Dieng

Photograph of Papa Diagme, owner of Joloff Restaruant.

NSBD Teens Reflect on Exhibit Design

After sifting through dozens of images our curation team was able to select some of the final images that will be included in our exhibit next month. After the images were selected and printed our exhibit design team mapped out where the images will be placed within the exhibit space. While working on the layout of the exhibit here is what some of our teens had to say:

It’s really interesting to hear other people’s opinion about the layout of the project. Collaborating with others makes the project more fun.  Sheba B.

I didn’t realize that it would take this long. Since we have so many images to work with, selecting the best one is hard.   Trevor F.

NSBD teens select images

NSBD teens selecting final images for exhibit.