Afrikan Poetry Theatre is a cultural and community center that has provided workshops, programs and services for the entire family since 1976. Musical performances encompass jazz, blues, reggae, ska and other Caribbean, South American and African forms. There is also a program of film screenings, the production of original plays and a summer youth employment initiative, which places student interns with local businesses.
By appointment, the organization will undertake in school workshops in cultural craft-making, creative writing and storytelling. Craft making consists largely of tie-dyeing, jewelry-making and drum and mask-making, which are designed to reinforce lessons on classical West African culture. Storytellers, sometimes accompanied by music, utilize a “call and response” method as a means of encouraging deeper engagement by student