Senegalese Culture on Fulton Street, Brooklyn

Equipped with cameras and vigilant eyes, our teens embarked on a street journey to discover Senegalese culture on Fulton Street, located in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.  During the outdoor adventure we found many Senegalese owned businesses and establishments. Some of the places we explored including the Masjid At-Taqwa mosque and the Pulaar Speaking Association. During our trip we also had the opportunity to meet and greet several street vendors, restaurant owners, and hair stylists.

Street vendor goods

Street vendor goods being sold outside on Fulton Avenue.

The Pulaar Speaking Association

The Pulaar Speaking Association Headquarters, located on Fulton Street.

Masjid At- Taqwa mosque

The Masjid At- Taqwa mosque, located on the corner of Fulton Street and Bedford Avenue.

Welcoming Our New Community Partner, Cumbe!

04_Cumbe_logo_lockupsWe’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!