NEA Celebrates Capoeira in Our Communities

Sharpen your pencils, it’s Quiz Time.

Q: What do the National Endowment for the Arts and Performing Arts Workshop have in common ?

A: We both turn 50 this year !

That’s not all this national arts agency and small arts education nonprofit share:

  • The NEA promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity; 
  • Performing Arts Workshop helps young people develop critical thinking, creative expression and essential learning skills through dance, music, poetry, and theatre arts.

And this year, they are helping each other meet their missions: Performing Arts Workshop is pleased to be a recipient of an Art Works grant for the next school year!

This grant, one of 138 in California for this year, will support training in Capoeira with the Workshop’s Senior Core Teaching Artist Salê Ramos. Professor Salê will engage students with the Portuguese language, traditional songs and instruments, cultural and political history, and the challenging martial arts-based dance movements of this art form of the African diaspora. Capoeira is an art form, but it is also a way of life: it promotes a culture of respect, discipline and community.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Performing Arts Workshop represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

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Says Workshop Executive Director Jessica Mele: “Thanks to the NEA, Salê will be able to share Capoeira’s emphasis on structured improvisational movement, interdependence, communication, culture and history with youth in San Francisco for a full year. Students will have the opportunity to go deep with the art form — to really grow and learn through the community of Capoeira that Salê creates in his classrooms.” Adds Professor Salê: “We accept this grant with gratitude and in honor of all those brave enough to practice Capoeira all over the world, especially where it is still suppressed. It is an honor to introduce public school students to the international Capoeira community.”

As they say when someone in the roda (Capoeira circle) busts a particularly dope move:

BOA !!!!

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