What We Do

African Culture Connection can tailor presentations to meet the abilities and understanding of all ages, from elementary through college and beyond. We perform, teach or combine the two and present in many formats, including:

  • Workshops (kids, adults, employee team-building, wellness at work)
  • In-school residencies
  • After-school programs
  • School assemblies
  • Public performances
  • Summer camps

View our Brochure and Program Flyer!

View our Spring 2017 In-School Residency and After-School Residency Results!

Our programs include

African Dance

Dance is a primal form of communication and is deeply rooted in us. Singing and dancing can bind communities together. Traditional dances are performed for significant events and rites of passage, from birth to death.

African Drumming

African music is complex and polyrhythmic. Students will get hands-on experience while learning about African music.

African Crafts

African art has inspired artists around the world. Art is part of everyday life in Africa. Students may create their own African crafts, such as masks, stamped cloth, jewelry, anklets, headbands, shakers and drums and learn about the significance of these objects in African culture.

African Story

The Story is a traditional art form of all indigenous peoples. Many say that West African cultures have elevated the art of Story to its highest form.

If you are interested in taking African dance or drumming lessons, please contact us and fill out the form to submit your request.

Our Teaching Artists

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Gabrielle Gaines-Liwaru

Gabrielle is a teaching artist and former board member for African Culture Connection (ACC). She is the founder of G. D’Ebony Outreach and works as a substitute teacher for Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Gabrielle is certified to teach Art K-12 with a Bachelors in Education from UNO and has an ESL Endorsment from Concordia University. She taught arts and global studies for five years at Beveridge Magnet M.S. in OPS. Gabrielle is very active in the community, facilitating workshops and partnering with organizations on mural projects and service learning.

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Kimberly McGreevy

Kimberly has performed with ACC since 2011 and began working as a teaching artist and Office Manager for ACC in 2013. She is also a teaching artist for Arts in Motion (formerly known as The Artery; 2014), is a substitute teacher for Omaha Public Schools (OPS) and Bellevue Public Schools (BPS) and teaches piano lessons to youth beginners. Kimberly received her degrees in K-12 Vocal Music Education and Vocal Performance from Hastings College in 2005. She taught vocal/general music in Grand Island Public Schools from 2005-2008 and in OPS from 2009-2013. Kimberly does a variety of performing in the community focusing on her main passion, musical theatre—with recent performances at Blue Barn (The Christians, 2016), the Omaha Community Playhouse (Caroline, or Change, 2016; Young Frankenstein, 2014), Skullduggery Theatre, and local short and feature films.

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Sondra McSwain

Sondra is a teaching artist as well as a performing artist for ACC. She has been a teacher of dance and life skills at Duchesne Academy since 1986 and is a teaching artist for the Nebraska Arts Council. Sondra has an extensive background of education, including a Bachelors of Art Education with a Fine Arts Dance emphasis from San Francisco State University. She has also studied at College of Pacific Berkeley, California, New York University, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the University of Jamaica Caribbean Dance, as well as in Auckland, New Zealand. Sondra has also taught at the University of Nebraska, Creighton University, College of St. Mary, Westside School District, OPS, Mona Preparatory School (Kingston, Jamaica) and the University of Ibadan (Nigeria, Africa). She has accomplished much in the community, including co-founding the Omaha Modern Dance Collective, Jubilee Enterprises and The Black Repertory Ensemble. Sondra serves as a performer and choreographer in the community and has also taught at various churches and hospitals.

References

Learn what organizations we have worked with have to say about African Culture Connection.

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