Free Summer Teen Language & Cultural Workshops as part of the Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa project
From June 16-20, 2014 and July 28-August 1, 2014 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) hosted free Summer Teen Language & Cultural Workshops as part of the Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean: From Oman to East Africa project.
Connecting the Gems of the Indian Ocean is a multi-year program series that will explore the historical, cultural, and artistic connections between Sultanate of Oman and the East African Coast. This project, a collaborative endeavor by the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center and the NMAfA, is funded through a $1.8 million gift from the Sultanate of Oman.
Over 25 students between the ages of 12 and 17 participated in the events. The workshops aimed to reflect on the culture and traditions of both regions through the study of Arabic and Swahili through the theme “how can people connect through language and culture.”
Students were treated to traditional food, taraab music by Anna Mwalagho and the Afrofloetry band, calligraphy demonstrations, and language instruction. They also received certificates, trophies and musical instruments on the final day.