PRINCIPLE // Reflecting the love that all children
have for performing arts activities and given the rich and
historical musical culture of African American people combined
with the musical heritage of Memphis, TN, the Watoto De’
Afrika Performing Arts Program for Youth was formed. The program
uses African American performing arts forms, literature, and
American history as the foundation of its curriculum. Youth
of the Watoto program have the unique experience of singing,
dancing, and performing their way through American history
which has improved their self esteem and self worth.
WATOTO BUTTERFLY (Pre-K & Kindergarten
students) // Performing arts are used to improve social
and motor skills development while building language and literacy
FUNZZIE I & II (1st – 5th
grade) // Introductory and Beginners level vocal, acting,
WATOTO DE’ AFRIKA // (Middle
School - High School) // The aim is to develop a passion
for knowledge through historical research of performance materials.
Performing arts activities are used to improve academic and
social skills development with an emphasis on team work.
WATOTO MEMPHIS AMBASSADOR ENSEMBLE
(Advanced level) // Students in this component perform
as ambassadors of the Watoto program and the city of Memphis
by touring locally, nationally, and internationally.
SUMMER CAMP SHOWCASE //
The Watoto program conducts an eight week summer arts program
which offers its students a fun and enriching arts experience
on the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Classes
taught by certified and experienced instructors in both the
performing and visual arts create an environment that promotes
both physical health and cognitive development.
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