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Through a balance of demonstration and audience participation, captivating live performances by Young Audiences artists challenge students to think creatively. Performances lasting 45 minutes entertain and engage up to 300 students in an auditorium, gymnasium or other large group setting. Young Audiences represents a roster of over 65 musicians, singers, dancers, actors, poets, storytellers and visual artists.

"Young Audiences allows Kumbuka to reach future artists and arts lovers."

- Ausettua Amor Amenkum
  Artistic Director, Kumbuka African Dance Ensemble

Performance Offerings


Artist: Rhythm/Soul
Self improvement, determination, problem solving, conflict resolution, and confidence will all be discussed in the skits to teach kids how to overcome different aspects of bullying.

Artist: OperaCréole
Opera and classical music in New Orleans and around the world has always included the contributions of people of color. It is their participation in opera, as well as the music of Africa, Spain, and Haiti that contributed to the birth of jazz. This is true for many people of African descent around the world. This history has been lost for too long! Now is the time for young people to learn about all of their history.

This engaging program is designed to coordinate with Black History Month. Students will delight in the kaleidoscope of African songs, storytelling, poetry, spirituals and selections from both Opera and the Broadway stage.

Ivory Coast natives Seguenon Kone and Boubacar Cissoko provide a unique and informative program hilighting the role of the drum in African culture.

Explore American history through this engaging program with a focus on country and western music of the 20th century. Students will learn about the roots of this popular American musical tradition and participate in a traveling "Louisiana Hayride."

Marian Anderson's concert at the Lincoln Memorial sponsored by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt set America on a new path to freedom and justice. This program pays tribue to the civil rights icon who forged a path for artists in the operatic field today.

This program will take the audience on a trip to Africa. Students will explore the culture of the coast of West Africa through song and dance, and audience members will be selected to play an instrument or learn a traditional African dance.

This is a culturally rich learning experience that takes students on a tour "Across the Border" to several regions of Mexico through dance. Students will discover Mexico's unique and exciting traditions and participate in a traditional folklore dance.

Drums move the body and the soul. N’Kafu Traditional African Dance Company will take you on a journey to the riches continent in the world. Students will gain a clear understanding of age-old values and folklore of the African people through dance and drumming.

Students will be amazed at this spectacular presentation of Afro-Caribbean culture. From the drummers and dancers in traditional African dress to the larger than lie stil dancers, this program is sure to engage everyone present.

The PRC also offers two stand-alone lessons on topics that are all too often neglected in our city’s classrooms: the development of the architecture and neighborhoods of New Orleans. Architecture 101 is an interactive look into the development of the unique and distinct architectural types and styles that can be found across New Orleans.

Led by award winning Louisiana artist Tanya Dischler, students will practice drawing techniques of Louisiana's wetlands and native species and hear stories by Angela Davis to compliment and integrate the artistic process.

Artist: Mike Artell
Award-winning children's author/illustrator and TV cartoonist shows kids how to create wonderful cartoons that will help them think more visually. Kids draw along as Mike shows them how to draw people, animals, objects, special effects and much more.

This workshop focuses on presenting tools to aspiring poets/spoken word artists for stronger writing. Students learn how to find their own voice and rhythm in their writing.

Artist: Komenka
Recognized for their dynamic and colorful performances, Komenka presents dances from around the world. Students learn to appreciate and respect their own and other ethnic heritages including selections from Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

In addition to being a field trip destination in and of itself, the PRC can also lead your class on a guided field trip of different neighborhoods, including visits to the French Quarter, Holy Cross in the Lower 9th, and the ReUse District, or design a custom trip for your class.

Artist: Donald Lewis
Donald Lewis takes the students through history with this collection of stories from African and African American traditions. Students will laugh out loud during hilarious renditions of beloved stories.

Celebrated local poet Chuck Perkins' distinctive lyrical flow pays homage to the great city he calls home, New Orleans. He walks students through many aspects of New Orleans culture in his own unique style, modeling just how cool poetry can be.

This workshop gives examples and tools for young writers in presenting their written work to audiences. Students are given devices for better stage presence, dramatizing their writing and understanding their audience.

Dancing is a great way for kids of all ages to get fit. Besides being fun, dancing has many positive health benefits. Students will be taught easy to follow dance routines set to high energy Latin and international music.
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