Enduring Legacies: African Influence in the Artistic Expressions of the Americas

Winter 2008 Seminar for K-12 Teachers will examine the African heritage in the development of Latin American music, dance and visual art.

Enduring Legacies: African Influence in the Artistic Expressions of the Americas

 Saturday, March 1 and Saturday, March 8, 2008
(8 am-5 pm)
LAUSD Multicultural Salary Credit
Most suitable for elementary and middle school art, music and social studies teachers

Registration Fee: $25

Online Registration

The Latin American Institute and the African Studies Center invite teachers to participate in this interdisciplinary program.  The 2-day workshop will examine the African heritage in the development of Latin American music, dance, ritual and visual art. Participants will examine the intersections of African influenced artistic expressions from the tango of Argentina to the merengue from the Dominican Republic.  The workshop will also explore African cultural influences on Latin American religious forms such as candomblé, vodou and santería.In addition to highlighting commonalties in the artistic expressions of the various African-influenced cultures, participants will be provided with models of reflection, inquiry, and examination for enhancing classroom practice and student interaction.  Participating teachers will gain keen insight into the Creole dynamics of Afro-Latin American cultures.  Furthermore, with the increase in the African and Latina/o immigrant population in Southern California, teachers will acquire important background knowledge of the cultural heritages of students that are recent or first-generation immigrants.  The sessions will provide teachers with a variety of resources and call upon them to design lesson plans for use in their classes.  Sample lesson plans will include accommodations for special needs students, strategies on how to encourage students to work collaboratively and respect the talents of each member of their groups.  For accreditation participants are expected to be actively engaged in the academic and educational discourse and produce a critical essay dealing with the content, and its application to their teaching. 

For more information please call (310) 825-4571 or email valerie@international.ucla.edu