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Summer Youth Education-Seattle, WA

Summer Youth Education-Seattle, WA

SRDC – Washington State & Nu Black Arts West Theatre


Class Schedule

Orientation: Monday June 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m


(Life Sciences)
July 15th, 22nd, 29th August 5th and 12th
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Saturday Classes:
(Economics, History, Literary Arts, Math)

July 9th , 16th , 23rd , 30th August 6th , and 13th
9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Hiawatha Arts Space (Community room)
843 Hiawatha Place,  South
Seattle WA 98144


ECONOMICS: Mr. T-West, Instructor


Economic Awareness – Collective Self Interest

To provide a basic understanding of how the economic system locally and internationally works.  To learn how to bring economic benefit to themselves and others.  To learn and follow what is called the first law of nature, self preservation while building good relationship with others.  To bring all of this into the context of true Pan Africanism.

High Level Outline

·         Agricultural and the first law of nature

·         Mathematics and its importance

·         Strategic Resources

·         Importance of strategic skills

Some of the above will include special guests.


LIFE SCIENCES: Mrs. Deborah Vanderhorst, Instructor

This 5 week course will be a hands on introduction through experimentation to Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
Students will receive basic knowledge of Electricity,Molecular Structures, Photosynthesis,Toxins/common diseases, Our planet and the Universe we live in. All supplies will be provided by instructor. Requirements: Regular and Punctual attendance.


HISTORY: Nana Kibibi Moni
é, Instructor

This six week history course is created to enhance the learning experience of World History for 5th – 8th grade students.  By coupling drama and history you’ll enjoy the hands on methods of re-enactments of ancient and modern day history.

•  Washington State History
•  United States History
•  World History
•  Important historical dates and times
•  Impact on significant periods of our history
•  What’s in store for us historically (without change)?
•  How will knowing our pass prepare us for the future?

Nana Kibibi Monie, is a native of Seattle and the Executive Director of Nu Black Arts West Theatre, the oldest African American Theater Company in the Pacific Northwest.  Ms Monié is the first African American to be President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (A.F.T.R.A.) Seattle local. She is an accomplished writer, actor, singer and director.  A graduate of Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a BA in Communications, holds a Masters from the Seattle University in the Executive Director Masters Program and holds a diploma in cinematography from The New York Film Academy.  She’s written several one-act plays and her dynamic range of acting and singing has made her one of the most powerful talents to emerge from the West Coast.  Ms. Monié has been blessed with a captivating talent in storytelling and is legendary for capturing her audiences with grace and style.  Kibibi is the only woman that has had the privilege and honor of directing the double Pulitzer prize winner August Wilson in a reading of his play “The Homecoming” performed at Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre as a fund raiser for Nu Black Arts West Theatre in 1997.  She is also the only woman to be given permission by Mr. Wilson to portray “Hambone, a lead character in his award winning play”Two Trains Running’.  Kibibi is a Nana for the Cape Coast people in Ghana West Africa and has for several years been in partnership with The National Theatre of Ghana and the Twedaase Primary School in Tema, Ghana.    She’s developed a Cultural Heritage Program for the children of Ghana along with children here in the US.

LITERARY ARTS: Jamal Farr, Instructor

Objective: Poetry, music, thought, and emotions are the heartbeat of life. In this course there will be a safe and open space to build on these and other ideas. It will be 6 weeks of learning different styles of writing, poetry and discussing creativity ideas to present your thoughts. Using stories, fictional and non-fictional, of African history as the base to which this course will happen!!

Jamal “JACE” Farr is a veteran of the Northwest hip hop scene. He has established himself as an artist, half of the Legendary tandem, The Silent Lambs Project.  Now, has joined forces with Felicia Loud and Silent Lambs Project to create the soulful, conscious, inspiring and talented collective, Black Stax As an organizer, is the founder and voice of the Northwest hip hop festival, Dope Emporium. As well as an activist, works with youth in the inner city establishing programs and empowering them to use art as a creative expression.


MATH: Curriculum & Instructor To Be Announced

Additional information about the Math course TBA


Contact information:

• Nana Kibibi Monié, Executive and Artistic Director of the Nu Black Arts West Theatre
SRDC-WA Youth Leadership & Young Adults Committee

•Mr Jamal “Jace” Farr, Producer and MC of Black Stax Music
Chairman of SRDC-WA Youth Leadership & Young Adults Committee

•Ms. Linda Battles, SRDC Elder, SRDC-WA: Education Committee

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