“Let’s Try Love: African American History through the Performing Arts”… A discussion with Watoto Academy of the Performing Arts Director Donald O’Conner

Posted By Bill Payer on Dec 6, 2023 | 0 comments


When:
02/10/2024 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
2024-02-10T17:30:00-05:00
2024-02-10T18:30:00-05:00
Where:
Bishop England High School Performing Arts Center
363 Seven Farms Drive
Daniel Island 29492
Cost:
Free
Contact:

PLEASE NOTE A DIFFERENT DAY OF THE WEEK, TIME AND VENUE FOR THIS PROGRAM!

In commemoration of Black History Month, join the Daniel Island Historical Society for a special Q&A discussion with Donald O’Conner, founder and director of the Watoto Academy for the Performing Arts. This event, held in partnership with Bishop England High School, will take place just prior to Watoto’s celebration of the Harlem Renaissance at BEHS. The performance, entitled “The Joint is Jumpin’,” begins at 7 p.m. Mr. O’Conner founded the Watoto Academy more than 25 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee as a way to reverse deep-rooted negative patterns of thinking and behavior among local urban youth. He brought the program to Meeting Street Academy in Charleston in 2014. The idea was that if students could focus on powering academics and social-emotional skills through rich experiences in the arts, learning would come to life as they experienced African and African-American music, dance, performance styles, literature and history. Today, Watoto’s student dancers and musicians travel the country sharing a powerful message of love through their performances. Make plans to join us for this unique opportunity to hear directly from Mr. O’Conner on how this program is changing the way communities experience, celebrate, and understand African American culture as a foundational cornerstone of our shared, complex American culture. All are welcome. FREE. 

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PLEASE NOTE A DIFFERENT DAY OF THE WEEK, TIME AND VENUE FOR THIS PROGRAM!

 

Donald O’Connor,
Founder and Director of the Watoto Academy for the Performing Arts.

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