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.
As we wind down the project and students in both Dakar and Brooklyn are working on the final films and exhibits, we have our project logo! Based on a sketch created by ImagiNation Afrika, our project logo includes a Baobab tree, a subway/train in the colors of the Senegalese flag, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the sun.
Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar logo
With less than three months remaining until we launch our Next Stop: Brooklyn/Dakar exhibit our teens decided that it was time to begin finalizing our ideas for the exhibit layout.
Individually we came up with a total of 15 different layout ideas! Each layout had its own a unique approach to presenting Senegalese culture to the public, but unfortunately we had to narrow it down to one. After a few hours of collaborative effort our teens finally came up with one amazing idea which they proudly shared with Marcos Stafne, the Director of Education, at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Photo of the exhibit layout blueprint made by NSBD teens. (Image of Side A)
Photo of the exhibit layout blueprint made by NSBD teens. (Image of Side B)
We’r so excited to be working with the Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance in Brooklyn. Barely over a year old, Cumbe has exploded as a destination for those wanted to participate in the arts and culture of the diaspora. When we met with Jimena Martinez, Cumbe’s co-director, it was evident that both of our institutions had quite a bit to offer one another.
So what will our partnership look like?
First, in order for our students to learn even more about Senegalese culture. they will be participating in Senegalese dance and percussion workshops. In addition, Cumbe is assisting in our securing interviews with Senegalese artists and activists within the Brooklyn community and, lastly , Cumbe will be one of the locations where we screen the film and have an roundtable discussion with the public at the end of the project.
We’re so excited for this multi-layered partnership that allows us to have another layer of community engagement and cultural immersion for our youth. Stay tuned for photos and updates!