Bantu Arts Atelier For Kids

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Bantu Arts Atelier For Kids

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Bantu Arts Atelier For Kids

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In a country as diverse and colorful as the United States, creating a healthy space where children will develop an appreciation of the other cultures, while conserving their history and heritage is a core component to their education. Through our fun, rotative, inclusive and exclusive multicultural curriculum, children, parents and community members are transported in a village/adventure they have never been to, teachers gain info some books don’t have as well. 

        Taste – See- Smell – Hear…Bantu

      Bantu, definitions:

 1-  Stands for a group of languages widely spoken in Africa.

 2- The native speakers of Bantu languages including Swahili,   Xhosa and Zulu, united in many cases by common custom. 

 Art: the use of painting, drawing, sculpture etc to represent   things or to express ideas. 

Bantu people are gifted in arts and literatures. Some worldwide celebrated artists such as Picasso, Matisse Gauguin and most recently La Maison Hermes got their inspirations from the outstanding Bantu people hand made art pieces.


1- Developing an appreciation for other cultures while conserving ones own history and heritage,
2- Raising global citizenship awareness,
3- Stimulating critical thinking.


a- Basic concept of cultural competence.
b- Appropriate development.
c- Development of skills.
d-Contribution of diversity fostering in the community.


Stay stronger together,
expending our reach,
Implementing Bantu dishes in school menus,
Serving as real life social study class,
Boosting understanding of diversity.

How we get our artifacts

       Everything is handmade and directly from artisans. Our constantly expanding collection includes outstanding hand carved art pieces. 

       At Bantu Arts Atelier for Kids, many of our products have been inspired not only by their unique Bantu culture heritage, but also the tropical nature and its abundance of unique and naturally gifted reclaimed wood wines, roots, tree trunks etc. We show great care towards making sure our artifacts are made from natural and sustainable raw materials that reflect our respect for the environment and the planet. As a consequence, we work hard to ensure that all of our reclaimed wood materials fully comply with the legal requirements.


Bantu Arts Atelier for Kids is able to propagate a message of peace and unity through cultural diversity curriculum because of support we receive from you, our donors and our volunteers.

We are a registered public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Employer Identification Number (EIN) 82-352 7240. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you.  

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.

Bantu Languages
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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

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

Our Staff


Marianne G. Bema

Author, Founder

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.


Pamela Brooks

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.

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Stephanie Porras

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.

Laila Kulungu


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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What others think!

"Calabasas Mom bring Culture to life."
Sylvie Belmond
Acorn Newspaper
"Mariannes message of Unity through Cultural diversity and awareness, is one that needs to be propagated. She is a true Cultural Ambassador."
Mrs. Didierjean
Teacher, Calabasas Highschool
"Recognition for her efforts and contribution fostering Cultural diversity."
Fred Gaines
Mayor, City of Calabasas
"Our Family really enjoyed Bantu Arts for kids."
Jack Dvir & Family
Agoura Supporter
"Mariannes curriculum is needed in every Class room."
Beth Pratt-Bergstrom
NWF, California

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