On behalf of Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, you are invited to join us on Saturday, September 16, 2023 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for the Art Is Alive Festival at Weeksville Heritage Center (158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213). 

Back for its first year since covid hit in 2020, the multi-disciplined arts conference was established to present a multitude of art forms from an African and African diasporic experience to the community, to alleviate the financial barrier preventing some community members from participating in the cultural arts, and to thank the community at large for its continued support. This event is free to the public and welcomes attendees of all ages and backgrounds. You can RSVP via Eventbrite

This year, Art is Alive is expanding and will include art-making, artist development workshops, and performances. It is our goal to bring together community members to share in this experience of art and culture. The schedule for the day is as follows: 

Artists Development Workshops: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • How to become a DOE Vendor and receive your MTAC by Renee Smith
  • Financial literacy for artists by Kobla Mensa Dente

 Youth Performances: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Asase Yaa Youth Ensemble
  • Esota and Life Camp
  • Ife Youth Dance Theater
  • Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy ·        

Brooklyn United Art is Alive Dance and Drum Classes: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Ian DaSilva – Modern Dance
  • Lesina Martin – Djembe Dance and Song
  • Caleb Bonney – Afrobeat Dance
  • Mahiri Fajimba Keïta – Djembe Drumming

 Featured Performances: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater
  • Arkestra Africa featuring Amma Whatt
  • Torch Dance Theater
  • Joseph Webb’s Dancing Buddhas
  • ADH

Host: Marlon Rice 

Executive Producer: K. Osei Williams 

Major Sponsors and Partners of Art Is Alive 2023: TD Bank, Con Ed, Howard Gilman Foundation, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn Borough President, New York City Councilmember Chi Osse 

Eventbrite link: https://bit.ly/ArtisAlive2023 

All classes are open to all ages and skill levels. Every class is 45 minutes