Casting Call: Fulani Institute September session 1 & 2

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Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 12:00pm to Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Richie Hall
Room 250 Oscar Ritchie Hall

Fall 2018 Fulani Institute

Participants of the fall 2018 Fulani Institute sessions will hone existent talents and explore theatre arts as an instrument for education and community dialogue.  Under the directorship of Dr. Asantewa Sunni-Ali, participants will perform "The Calabash Kids, A Tale of Tanzania" written by Aaron Shepard.

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Synopsis: "The Calabash Kids: A Tale of Tanzania"

The Calabash Kids is a story about a lonely woman name Shindo from the Chagga tribe of North Tanzania near Mount Kilimanjaro.  Shingo prays for children, and her prayers are answered when her calabashes unexpectedly change into children. Shingo learns that her words have more power than she thinks and to appreciate what she has.

The final performance will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2018.  The show will be a part of the Center of Pan-African Culture's Pre-Kwanzaa program which is on the same day.

About the Fulani Institute

Since 2017, this creative and cultural enrichment institute is intended to use cultural and academic enrichment to critically and creatively empower youth to be change agents in their communities and beyond. The overall vision of FIAA is to co-create space for young people to be affirmed in themselves so that they are prepared to work effectively in their own best interests.

In addition, it may offer training and teaching experience for professionals who are preparing for careers in education. An immediate goal is to engage and expand the knowledge base of youth in the Kent community and its surrounding areas through an offering of academic, cultural, and creative workshops and activities.  To enroll please contact: Asantewa Sunni-Ali, Ph. D., Director, Center of Pan-African Culture phone: 330-672-0157 or email:

Goals of the Fulani Institute of Academics and Arts:

1)    To assist youth in mastering skills necessary to successfully matriculate through school

(skills include disciplined study habits and time management)

2)    To assist youth in developing a strong self-esteem, positive attitudes and respect for others

3)    To assist youth in setting academic, personal, and/or career goals and in devising plans to achieve them

4)    To provide opportunities for youth to explore and hone their talents and abilities

5)    To expand youths’ knowledge of history and contemporary culture of the African Diaspora

The institute meets in room 250 Oscar Ritchie Hall

Saturdays: September 8 & 22; October 6 & 20; November 3 & 17; December 1 & 8

Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.


Sample Fulani Institute (FIAA) Saturday Schedule

12:00-12:30 p.m. : Check in. Morning affirmations.

12:30-1:00 p.m. : Academic enrichment activities

1:00-1:15 p.m. : Break

1:15-1:45 p.m. : Cultural/creative enrichment activities

1:45-2:00 p.m. : Collective daily assessment/check out.