The Baltimore Museum of Art presents its 20th Annual Kwanzaa Family Day on Dec. 12 from 1-5 p.m. The free event celebrates the African traditions of family, community, and culture. Learn about the seven Ngozu Saba or principles of Kwanzaa, enjoy hands-on art-making activities, and see live family performances! For more information, call 443-573-1832 or visit artbma.org. (Snow Date: December 19. In the event of inclement weather, please call 443-573-1700.)
Ongoing Activities, 1-5 p.m.
D’mba Costume Fun Stop
Try on a kid-sized replica of the BMA’s renowned D’mba mask and dance, dance, dance!
Discover Your African Birth Name
Learn more about the West African tradition of naming children after the day of the week and the order in which they were born.
Create an African Headdress
Tie your own head wrap out of African cloth with instruction by Therese Poku of Regal Clothes.
African Fly Whisks
Fashion your own fly whisk, an item once regarded as regalia only to be carried by chosen African kings.
2:30 p.m. – DishiBem Traditional Contemporary Dance Group
See an energetic and inspired performance that fuses traditional West African dances with American Hip Hop. Founder Kwame Opare previously worked with Kankouran West African Dance Company and toured with the Broadway show STOMP. Co-Director Diedre N. Dawkins has performed with Muntu Chicago Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, and Jubilation Dance Company.
4 p.m. – Jali-D presents “Rhythms and Rhymes for Wise Young Minds”
Enjoy “Rappercussions,” an art form that combines intelligent and educational hip-hop and rap with African-style drumming. David Foreman (aka Jali-D) is an accomplished percussionist and spoken word artist whose intelligent and creative rhymes have entertained and educated children and adults nationwide.