African Culture Connection: Learn about African culture through drumming, singing, story telling and crafts.

Our missionis to provide African culture and art experiences to the public to encourage an appreciation for the richness diversity brings to all.

African Culture Connection Receives Prestigious National Award at White House

African Culture Connection Founder, Charles Ahovissi joins Victoria Beaugard, participant in African Culture Connection’s program at Girls Inc, in receiving the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on November 19th, 2012.

African Culture Connection was one of 12 programs chosen from over 350 nominated to receive the 2012 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. The award recognizes that we’re making an important contribution to the youth we serve by helping them build the critical learning and skills that will help them succeed in school and in life. This is the highest honor in the United States for after-school and out-of-school time programs like ours.

Award recipients are selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. African Culture Connection, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is the only organization in the state to ever receive this award.

How Our Program Makes a Difference for Attendees

We ask young people, “What can you tell me about Africa?” Their answers include “war,” “famine,” “animals,” “jungles,” and “poverty.”

African Culture Connection transforms those perceptions through drumming, dance and visual arts. By sharing African culture and history, we empower thousands of young people to have pride in themselves, appreciate the African continent's legacy and how it relates to their lives. Students also build cultural awareness and deepen their connection to the global community.

Teachers say our program makes a positive impact on students' classroom behaviors. Young people learn to collaborate as well as to respect themselves and others. We are an authentic cultural component that may be otherwise missing from these young peoples’ lives. An African proverb says “It takes a village to raise a child.” It does take many people in a community to help children learn and grow.

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