Djapo Cultural Arts Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings people together to learn about each other through traditional dance and music.
The Epitome of Art, Culture and Innovation
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EMPOWERING LIVES THROUGH THE ARTS
At Djapo, we are dedicated to enriching, inspiring, and transforming the lives of Black communities. Drawing on the power of music, history, dance & the performing arts, our world-class staff of artisans build confidence, nurture artistic expression, and cultivate a vibrant community where families can learn and thrive.
Where Culture Comes Alive
Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of African Diasporic arts with Djapo's diverse program offerings! Whether you're a seasoned artist or a curious beginner, we have something for everyone.
Community Arts Programs
We offer workshops in traditional West African drum and dance for all ages and abilities. We also host workshops in many other diasporic art forms. Students are able to explore and engage with culture while connecting with a global community of artisans and keepers of the culture.
International Travel Program
Embark on a journey into the rich traditions of West African dance, music, and folklore. We visit off-the-beaten-path locations engaging with local communities for an enriching and immersive learning cultural arts experience.
Professional Guest Artist Series
The Professional Guest Artist Series enriches our community through engaging cultural exchange with international artists, providing unique opportunities for intimate workshops, and spotlighting talented professionals from the diaspora, fostering a vibrant and diverse artistic experience.
Diasporic Day of Dance
Embark on a vibrant journey of cultural exploration at the Day of Diasporic Dance, featuring a diverse array of dance classes, a thought-provoking panel discussion fostering cultural understanding, and a joyous community celebration with dance and music, uniting communities through the transformative power of movement and shared rhythms.
Teaching Artist Learning Lab
T.A.L.L is one of Djapo's newly initiated programs which allows for artists to receive compensation for teaching and learning under professional mentorship and guidance. T.A.L.L was developed to provide artist training of instructional teaching pedagogy and delivery of instruction. Artists receive immediate feedback and support in order to enhance teaching skills and professional development.
Djapo Book Club
The Djapo Book Club provides a platform for the community to collectively explore compelling literature, fostering engaging online discussions and culminating themed, in-person events. Covering a diverse range of subjects such as lifelong learning, personal growth, culture, African-American history, and social justice, the club invites members to delve into thought-provoking books that align with shared interests.