What is Kuumba?

Kuumba is a community art center that will soon be located in downtown Ensley. We are a hub of learning in the visual and performing arts; providing classes and work-shops for the young and the young at heart.

No, but really, what is Kuumba? Kuumba (meaning creativity in Swahili) is a principle of Kwanzaa that says: “To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it.” and this principle is the heart of Kuumba Community Art. We exist to serve our children, their families—these are the people that make up our community. More than teaching them creative expression we seek to help them gain a sense of their own power. To help them understand and be confident in themselves as agents of change, even their own change.

I read a quote once that said, “You can’t keep telling kids to say ‘no’ to this and ‘no’ to that without giving them something to say yes to.” Kuumba is that something they can say “yes” to. We will give them a chance to say yes to developing critical thinking skills, a chance to say yes to being creative and developing creative thinking skills. We will give them a chance to find value in themselves and the work of their hands, a chance to walk with their heads held high and be proud of themselves. They will learn to appreciate and value the ideas and creations of others. They will learn that they are to love themselves and others and not be ashamed of where they come from as it does not determine where or how far they go! We must invest in our children to make sure they are well prepared to compete in a society that has little regard for their lives. Kuumba is prepared. Will you help?