In this workshop, teachers will explore West African culture through its textile art, called Adinkra. The Adinkra symbols of the Ashanti people in Ghana represent attributes for which they strive: strength, wisdom, learning from mistakes, hope, truth, etc. In this dynamic workshop, teachers explore ways to examine the symbols for these personal attributes and learn to guide students’ exploration of each symbol through creative movement and writing. Movement explorations are guided by an understanding of lines, levels, shapes, and pathways. Writing explorations involve use of synonyms, verbs, and modifiers for each symbol. The experience concludes when students combine their movement and writing into a culminating performance. Developed in collaboration with the Acadiana Arts Council, Lafayette Parish School System, and University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Museum will be celebrating the opening of the newly reinstalled African art exhibition. The teachers will participate in these activities throughout the day.
MARY FRANCIS “CISSY” WHIPP presents workshops nationally on integrating dance into the curriculum. She has been working as a performer, choreographer, and dance educator for more than 25 years. She received her BFA in choreogra phic design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her MA in performing arts: dance from the American University in Washington, D.C. She founded Louisiana’s first professional modern dance company, Moving South Dance, Inc. She has taught in college dance programs at Potsdam State University of New York, and most recently at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she directed the Children’s Dance Guild and choreographed for the State of LA Danse Concert series. Ms. Whipp has served on the committee for developing arts assessment standards for the Louisiana Department of Education and is currently teaching creative movement and dance at the J. Wallace James Elementary School for Arts & Technology in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Please note: This workshop is provided free of charge for all Jefferson County and Birmingham City School System teachers!
Please contact our Education department at 205.254.2571 to register.