Programs

Our award-winning classes and programming

Strong Cultural Identity + Shared Values = Community Impact

The impact of our programs is far reaching touching the lives of our greater community. Our programs focus on developing young people to grow into thoughtful, capable, inventive, and healthy adults, who will use their leadership skills to bring about effective change in the world.

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Rites of Passage Program

The Rites of Passage program, Sisters In Sisterhood (SIS) and I Am My Brother (IAMB), leads youth through a year-long process of learning African concepts and philosophical principles of development from pre-adolescence to early adulthood. Important components of the program include African-centered cultural identity awareness, leadership development, community service, health and wellness, and gender studies. The Rites of Passage program is subdivided into three separate age levels: “Pre-Rites” serves youth ages 10-12, “Transition Rites” serves youth 13-15, and “Rites” serves youth ages 16-18 in three separate and sequential tracks.

Cultural Heritage Program

Cultural Heritage Program (CHP) is the foundation of Ifetayo’s existence. Designed to offer people of African descent the strongest sense of self, Ifetayo’s CHP includes special workshops, courses, cultural exchanges, and cultural tours. The CHP provides historical information about the great cultures of Africa and the diaspora to youth and families. Youth develop a sense of connection with the vast and complex history of their ancestors in our Africana Studies courses. Our Africana Studies course is an interdisciplinary field of study devoted to the critical and systematic examination of the cultural, political, social, economic, and historical experiences of people of African descent around the world.

Ifetayo Youth Ensemble

The Ifetayo Youth Ensemble (IYE) is a pre-professional training ground for young artists ages 13-18 who are interested in seriously developing their art forms while having opportunities to perform throughout NYC and play an active role as a member of an ensemble. Members must audition for a limited number of competitive scholarships within the areas of percussive music, dance, acting, and visual arts. As an active, youth-driven ensemble, IYE also does research and artist development while learning to engage audiences by examining current topics of social justice through the arts.

If you are interested in learning more about IYE and/or to audition please email Danielle Criss.

In-Schools Program

Ifetayo is pleased to offer Arts Education in Schools with professional artists! For more information please contact our Program Manager of Arts Education & School Partnerships, Nacala Jendayi.

Cultural Arts Program

The Cultural Arts Program (CAP) is Ifetayo’s flagship Saturday performing arts academy for youth ages 2-18. We offer year-long courses at multiple levels in dance, music, theater, visual arts, and martial arts taught by an excellent staff of experienced and trained teaching artists who specialize in making children feel confident and proud while having fun as they learn techniques within the expressive arts. Ifetayo CAP scholars get an opportunity to demonstrate their talents and growth at the end of the year with an exciting culminating program open to the public.

PROGRAMMING FOR CAP WILL RESUME FALL 2020

©2019 Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy

Ubuntu

(Connectedness)
We believe in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term that roughly translates as human kindness. “I am because we are.”

Sankofa

(Critical Reflection)
We believe that learning from the past is critical to building for the future. Sankofa is a word in the Akan language from Ghana that translates as “reach back and get it” (san-to return; ko-to go; fa-to fetch, to seek and take).

Mbongi

(Collective Decision-Making)
We are committed to collective decision making in developing and delivering excellent programs. Mbongi (Kikongo) which means “Place of Learning” and is essentially a system of governance that brings people together to resolve community challenges.

Ifetayo

(Love)
We believe that love is the center of the work that we do. Ifetayo, Yoruba word from Nigeria, West Africa which means love is enough for joy. Restoring love and joy in our community through programming that reflects the richness of African culture.

Kiujumla

(Holistic)
We believe communities are strengthened through approaches that are comprehensive and holistic. We are therefore committed to the development of the whole person; mind, body, and spirit.

Our Values

Kiumjala

(Holistic)
We believe communities are strengthened through approaches that are comprehensive and holistic. We are therefore committed to the development of the whole person; mind, body, and spirit.

Ifetayo

(Love)
We believe that love is the center of the work that we do. Ifetayo, Yoruba word from Nigeria, West Africa which means love is enough for joy. Restoring love and joy in our community through programming that reflects the richness of African culture.

Mbongi

(Collective Decision-Making)
We are committed to collective decision making in developing and delivering excellent programs. Mbongi (Kikongo) which means “Place of Learning” and is essentially a system of governance that brings people together to resolve community challenges.

Sankofa

(Critical Reflection)
We believe that learning from the past is critical to building for the future. Sankofa is a word in the Akan language from Ghana that translates as “reach back and get it” (san-to return; ko-to go; fa-to fetch, to seek and take).

Ubuntu

(Connectedness)
We believe in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term that roughly translates as human kindness. “I am because we are.”