We, at Bantu arts atelier for kids, are a community of individuals who have come together to explore, learn and educate others about the unique and beautiful Bantu culture from Africa. Bantu culture is composed of a wide range of sub cultural groups and languages spread over many countries in Africa.
Most of modern day designs draw inspiration from this African culture We, at Bantu Art atelier for kids are the bridge between the Bantu culture and the local communities, thus adding to the cultural intelligence of their children. We believe that we strive as human beings when we learn and understand other people's cultures, as we are bound by a share humanity.
Our work is to offer to the communities the opportunity to learn and understand about the Bantu culture. We do this through workshops, learning curriculum and other arty activities. We are Bantu
CAN YOU HELP?
We invite you to make a financial contribution to our projects. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the organization relies uniquely on the generous contributions of donors who want to support our cause. Thank you for your collaboration! We will be sure to share how your action is helping other people’s lives.
Bantu refers to a group of languages and people of 300 - 600 Nations in Africa. Known as the head of most African cultures, they are gifted with art and literature. Their influence can be seen in modern day design.
Everything that we do here at Bantu, is funded by gifts, and donations to our organization. As a non-profit, we depend on the support of the community to fund all of the projects that we do. Be it either from spreading the word, volunteering, or donating, we greatly appreciate all help and support that the community is willing to offer us.
Summer 2017 Activities
Bantu Dance, face and body painting!
winter 2016 activities
We'll even come to your kid's school!
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
We invite you to become a volunteer. Volunteers are the heart of our work. Their dedication and contribution is most valuable to us. People make the difference and the change. Their time and energy is what makes our work move forward and expand.
What We do
"are we forming children that are only capable of learning what is already known?” - Jean Piaget
We learn from each child uniqueness while engaging in the creative art of Bantu culture.
We do workshops, screen-free activities, audio activities, dance and more
What we do here at Bantu Arts Atelier for Kids, is many things. In short, we are a community; and a school of cultural education. Through workshops and classes on various topics, presentations, dances, festivals, charity events, and so much more it is our hope to educate our local communities about their fellow humans across the world. If we could fly everyone back to the Bantu villages, we could; but we feel this is as close as we can get without actually doing that. It is through these classes, displays, and outpouring of community support that we hope to achieve our goals. We have classes on various aspects of Bantu culture for people of all ages, and we implore all those interested to check us out!
We go to schools, community events, children hospital, foster care homes, senior facilities, juvenile
centers , etc..
We are unique, we are different and that is our beauty
Marianne G. Bema
Marianne Bema was born and raised in Cameroon, Central Africa. After the birth of her twins, Marianne was given the special name of Magnie as required by the Bamileke culture in Cameroon. The accomplished author proudly wears this highly-respected name. Magnie, lived in Gabon and. Europe before arriving in the United States.
Board Member Program Administrative
Michelle Murphy Program Development As an educator, scientist, camp counselor, positive parenting activist and mother, Michelle captures the fun in learning and cultural enrichment. Her talents in the performing and creative arts and festive presence engage children in our learning-through-play activities.
Board Member Office Management
Pamela Brooks, a Chicago native, holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work and Public Administration. After 20 yr. as Project Manager, Pamela welcomed the opportunity to become a Talent Manager. This multi-talented professional is a mother of four, who spent over ten years traveling the world with young actors.
Although retired to Southern California, this "Glam-Ma" of six remains busy. Pamela has penned her first children book,"You Are Not The Boss Of Me." She is also spearheading her own projects as an author, screenwriter and producer. Pamela is elated to collaborate with Bantu Arts Atelier for Kids.
Board Member Public
Stephanie Porras is a lifetime resident of the Ventura and Los Angeles communities. Fostering the development of children through cultural awareness and natural discovery has always been her passion. Her daughters attended Montessori school and she was active in participation with the schools and community activities. In the past 20 years she has worked in finance, real estate and as a private consultant and is currently working in event staffing and management.
Media Consultant and Activity Presentation
Laila Kulungu was born in Congo Kinshasa which is in Central Africa. She has a bachelor degree in film making. She loves children and anything that has to do with culture and nature. She is also a Bantu.
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“Diversity” is a word commonly used in our culture and educational practice. We at Bantu
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Bantu Arts Atelier For Kids. Mayor Pro Tem Fred Gaines, will present, his Majesty Nayang Toukam Inocent king of Batoufam and