10th Annual

Celebrate Kwanzaa!

10th Annual Celebrate Kwanzaa!

Wednesday, December 26th – Sunday, December 30th
Did you know that Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga who created the holiday to honor African heritage and African-American culture? Today, Kwanzaa is celebrated all over the United States, including at Brooklyn Children’s Museum! Join us this year as we mark our 10th annual Kwanzaa celebration with the largest family Kwanzaa event in New York City! Over five days of culture and fun, we will learn about this African-American holiday and explore Kwanzaa’s seven principles: unity; self-determination; collective work and responsibility; cooperative economics; purpose; faith; and creativity.

 

Program Schedule

Daily Programs

The Kwanzaa Altar
11:30am-12:00pm
All Ages | Lobby | December 26-December 30
Did you know the Swahili word Kwanzaa means “first fruits” in English? Join us for an interactive presentation on the celebration of Kwanzaa and learn about the symbols and principles that make up the festival! Dried fruits will also be served.

ColorLab: Kwanzaa Edition
11:00am-4:00pm
All Ages | ColorLab | December 26-December 30
Join us in ColorLab as we explore art and music and learn all about Kwanzaa. Throughout the week we will be making mbira instruments, weaving images with colorful cloth, and building our own BCM community altar!

Holding History: Kwanzaa Edition
12:00pm-1:00pm
All Ages | Collections Central | December 26-December 30
Visit Collections Central for a hands on Kwanzaa experience. Hold artifacts from BCM’s African Diaspora collection and learn about important objects in the Kwanzaa celebration.

Animal Adventures
4:15pm-4:45:00pm
All Ages | Commons Theater | December 26-December 30
Just like Kwanzaa’s first principle, Umoja or unity, animals come together to form single, unified ecosystems. Meet living animals and learn how different species cooperate to survive in the wild.

 

Special Performances

Wednesday, December 26

Storytelling: It’s Kwanzaa Time!
2:00pm-2:30pm & 2:45pm-3:15pm
All ages | Commons Theater | December 26
Celebrate Kwanzaa with award winning storyteller and singer, April Armstrong as she shares stories and songs of culture, community, triumph and hope. Learn about the African-American holiday tradition of Kwanzaa as we explore the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa through song, stories and dance and drumming.

 

Thursday, December 27

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance presents I Dance Movement
2:30pm-3:00pm & 3:30pm-4:00pm
All ages | Commons Theater | December 27
Join I Dance Movement founder and director Iris Wilson and her dancers as they lead an interactive performance workshop filled with song, dance, and drumming based on the principals of Kwanzaa!

 

Friday, December 28

Wild Appetites Presents Akara and Anansi
3:00pm-3:30pm & 4:00pm-4:30pm
All ages | Classroom | December 28
Meet Chef Key of Wild Appetites for a delicious storytelling of Anansi and the Pot of Beans and tasting of Akara, fried Nigerian black eyed pea fritters.

 

Saturday, December 29

Storytelling: It’s Kwanzaa Time!
2:00pm-2:30pm & 2:45pm-3:15pm
All ages | Commons Theater | December 29
Celebrate Kwanzaa with award winning storyteller and singer, April Armstrong as she shares stories and songs of culture, community, triumph and hope. Learn about the African-American holiday tradition of Kwanzaa as we explore the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa through song, stories and dance and drumming.

 

Sunday, December 30

Little Orchestra Society Presents Kwanzaa Sounds
3:00pm-3:45pm & 4:00pm-4:45pm
All ages | Classroom | December 30
Make music with the Little Orchestra Society in an interactive workshop that explores the sounds of Kwanzaa through movement, song, composition, and an introduction to world instruments.

 

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