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cultivating trust. together.

UPCOMING EVENTS

​Want to experience the True Power of Joy, Friendship and Belonging? Explore our upcoming events and join in the fun!

DECEMBER
10

African Christmas Market

DECEMBER 10 // How about a more exciting Christmas this year? Give a meaningful and original gift to your loved ones to celebrate the end of this year and the beginning of the next: a gift from Africa! Join a selection of vendors who will help you discover the beauty of African arts and crafts and keep you on track with your shopping list.

JANUARY
14

Buna

JANUARY 14 // A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, “Jeneba buna” as it is called in local Amharic tongue, is in fact a blessing ceremony. Let’s begin the new year by blessing each other!

Coming Soon

JANUARY
17

Sounds of Africa

JANUARY 17 // Black kids and youth aged 7-12 and 13-17 are invited to join our pilot traditional music program this winter. This series will provide a foundation in African rhythms and give everyone an opportunity to appreciate this part of our heritage.

Coming Soon

EMPOWER.
EDUCATE.
ENTERTAIN.

Experience life changing cultural, artistic, educational, social and community events, programs and services that are rooted in our values of Friendship, Community and Heritage.

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UNLOCKING THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT OF THE VILLAGE

In everything we do, we bring to life the “Spirit of the Village,” a state of being, a feeling, and a way of life. It’s a journey of friendship, healing and forgiveness, with the purpose of bringing harmony to the human, natural and spiritual community. Our approach is to intentionally combine the caring and nurturing essence of African cultures and traditions with history and social studies through traditional dances, stories, songs and music of Africa.

 

With guidance from Elders, Griots, Artists, and Knowledge Keepers, we create a caring and open village-like environment where our community, staff, volunteers, partners and collaborators are invited to come together in friendship and enjoy the transmission of traditional knowledge through foundational and meaningful teachings that promote the health and wellbeing of the village.

Sawubona Project
HIGHLIGHT

A series about Friendship with everyone through learning about each other, with a foundation on African History. We drum and dance together to practice and develop trust, peace, and friendship.

20

African countries represented at AFS

200+

Combined years of village experience among our AFS artists, Elders and facilitators

750+

People who have attended AFS events

300+

 Workshop hours

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our services

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Studio
BAntu

Come experience our diverse cultures and rhythm traditions firsthand. Studio Bantu is the home of the people of Africa, and here we honor our tradition of care and hospitality by opening
our doors and hearts to You, regardless of age, abilities, or cultural background.

learning
lab

Gain exclusive access to our content library and deepen your knowledge of Africa, its landscapes, its people, its cultures and traditions. We invite you to learn about the real history of the African continent, at your own pace and from the comfort of your home.

festivals

We welcome our entire community of Friends at our festivals, to cultivate dignity, friendship, and togetherness. Come eat, sing, and dance with us, and enjoy our traditional games and storytelling. Come with the intention to make friends and participate in the fun! Because You Belong.

join the
movement

More than a community, we aim to cultivate lasting friendships, promote participation and community cohesion, and facilitate a better understanding of African cultures within our local community. Most importantly, we want you to feel truly nourished, appreciated, and cared for. Come join our village.

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OUR PROMISE
IS SIMPLE

True Friendship, Nourishing Connections, and A Deep Sense of Belonging.


To help people break the habit of living disconnected.

5 ways to increase joy & belonging

An opportunity for all of us to focus on coming together in friendship by building community, deeper friendships, and trust in each other.

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Unity is strength, division is weakness.

~ Swahili proverb

Want to experience the True Power of Joy, Friendship and Belonging?

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