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Sankofa hosts a Tea Party. 

Saturday, February 7th 
Dozens of children got a chance to sip exotic teas from China, Europe, Africa, and Sri Lanka. They were treated to a hands-on food demonstration by Chef Perry Wilson of Food & Comfort Inc., and a healthy buffet prepared by Katr2U Catering.
The children also enjoyed face pairing, jewelry-making, dancing, and a hula hope contest.

Here are a few photos from the AAABNA 11th annual Kwanzaa Gala, December 27, 2014.
 Baba Eli sounds the drum to welcome the guests.

AAABNA members welcome Elected officials from across the Chicago area including Congressman Danny Davis, Senator Don Harmon, Ald. Deborah Graham, Ald.. Bob Fioretti,  and Ald. Jason Ervin.

Families and friends enjoy an evening of live, cultural entertainment and a tasty feast.

Mistress of Ceremonies Charmaine Rickette, along with Owen and Ethan Johnson, lead the audience in the singing of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.


Shakespeare in the Park:
Sankofa put on a high energy African dance and drum performance for the audience at Midsummer Night's Dream at Columbus Park.
Featuring master drummers Atiba Jali and Alfred Baker, as well as  Sali Casanova's  AfriCaribbean Connections dancers (After School Matters) August 10, 2014

Sankofa was proud to participate in the unveiling ceremony at the dedication of Mandela Road (Cicero Ave. from Roosevelt to Grand) July 18, 2014

Students of ASM AfriCaribbean Connections perform a dance in honor of Nelson Mandela at the dedication ceremony for Mandela Road.
July 18, 2014

Zumba Class Schedule
Tuesdays 7pm -8pm
Saturdays 10am- 11am
Buy a package of  10 classes for $50.
Walk-ins: $10 per class.
You can pay using PAYPAL.
Our email address is:

African Dance Classes
Our african dance classes center around traditional african rhythms and dance moves from West Africa. They offer a link to African traditions and heritage as well as provides crucial physical activity to help fight obesity. Students are exposed to a caring, fun and nurturing environment, while gaining valuable lessons that may be used in everyday life. Our professional dance curriculum helps build poise, coordination, confidence, and self -discipline which are all crucial elements in the art of dance. At Sankofa we make every effort to create a family atmosphere which will help build your child's self-esteem and establish friendships that will last a lifetime.
Fee:  $60 for 6 weeks. Drop-ins $12 per class.

Hand Drumming Classes
Learn traditional african rhythms and breaks on the djembe drums. 
Classes are held each Saturday from 1pm-2pm.

Check us out on YouTube. 
Search Jammin at the Sankofa.

Call 773-626-4497 to register.

Sankofa is home to the Westside Writing Project.

Students can learn journalism, photography, videography, and digital editing using state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

Lights, camera, action!

We can't wait to see you.
The Jewel of the West Side
The Sankofa Center
features the elaborate
Nelson Mandela Hall,
(pictured  above and below)
Mandela Hall comfortably accommodates
140 guests for theatrical performances, recitals, drum circles, poetry readings, concerts, and banquets.
For smaller, more casual events, the Multi-Purpose Room (pictured above) is perfect, seating 50 guests for a meal together or perhaps a game night...this space has versatility.
For a tour of the facility or
booking information
please call 
     Natural Hair Care Panel
Our "Lovin' My Hair" Expo was a huge success. Thanks to Chris-Tia Donaldson, Octavia Hooks, and Emon Fowler for sharing their knowledge of natural hair care. We also appreciate all of the vendors and guests who came out to support us. Check out some of the natural beauties who attended.

The Sankofa Cultural Arts Center is a
501(c)3 not-for-profit arts and cultural organization dedicated to preserving and teaching the richness and beauty of African culture through dance, music, storytelling and the visual arts.

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