Wearable Art: Bamboo Jewelry Crafting Workshop, April 16

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Sankofa Cultural Collective will present a cultural workshop in Bamboo Jewelry Crafting led by Lavalais, founder and jewelry artist of Bamboozle Jewelry. The workshop is part of Sankofa Cultural Collective’s Kuumba Cultural Arts workshop series and will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 12–2 P.M. at the Rapides Foundation Building, 1101 Fourth Street at the corner of Johnston Street in downtown Alexandria. The workshop is free and open to the community. Space is limited and pre-registration is required at www.sankofacc.org or https://signupforms.com/registrations/7281.

The workshop is geared for children age 8 to adults. Participants will be introduced to basic concepts of jewelry design, pattern, color, and symmetry. They will be introduced to various beading techniques and materials as they craft their very own necklace or bracelet using handmade bamboo, glass, and other beads. All crafting materials will be provided and participants will be able to take and wear their creation home. Space is limited and you must preregister.

Sankofa Cultural Collective’s Kuumba Cultural Arts Workshops are offered free of charge and introduce participants to a variety of cultural arts and crafts rooted in African and African American traditions. Instructed by master craftspersons, artists, and artisans, the workshops generate interest and participation in the arts and culture, provide outlets for creative expression, and celebrate the rich diversity and creativity of African American culture. Workshop descriptions and online registration forms can be found at the website, www.sankofacc.org.

A native of Alexandria, Louisiana, Lavalais earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography from the Arts Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1977. Intrigued by the versatile qualities of bamboo, he crafted his first article of bamboo in 1995, which inspired him to fashion pieces now coveted by people around the world. Lavalais and his Bamboozle® Jewelry can be found at premier music and craft festivals nationwide.

For more information about Sankofa Cultural Collective’s Kuumba Cultural Arts Workshops and other cultural arts programs, visit the website www.sankofacc.org, follow @SankofaCC on Facebook, or contact Sankofa Cultural Collective at sankofacc.org@gmail.com.

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