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Juneteenth Pilgrimage is a free family event that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Sankofa, in collaboration with Charter Oak Cultural Center, captivates the audience with drum, dance, and storytelling while leading the audience in a pilgrimage ending at the Ancient Burial Ground in downtown Hartford to pay homage to the memory of enslaved African Americans and freedom fighters.

About Sankofa Kuumba

History of Sankofa Kuumba

Following a visit to West Africa, “Sistah Nandi” Christine Dixon-Smith, Executive/Artistic Director, founded Sankofa Kuumba in 1986 in the Bellevue Square Housing Project’s community center in Hartford’s North End. Sistah Nandi and a handful of artists established arts-based programs at local churches, recreation centers an public schools in order to bring the story of the Journey from Africa to the United States to life. Sankofa operated for over 14 years providing multicultural visual and performance arts presentations and performances before its incorporation in 2000 as a 501(c)3, community-based, nonprofit, arts and cultural organization.

In 1997, Sankofa began offering focused arts education programming in the Hartford public schools. This led to the development of our exceptional and well receive programs: The Creative You in 2003, and Teens & Technology in 2006. These programs integrate core competencies with the arts in a dynamic environment for in-school children and youth. Today The Creative You has evolved as Sankofa has worked closely with Hartford Public Schools’ arts in the classroom initiative, Hartford Performs. Continuing extensive professional development, extraordinary and well trained Sankofa teaching artists of color are developing programs that integrate Common Core State Standards and working with K-8 children at 12 Hartford Performs Hartford public schools in the classroom during the day.
Sankofa has received numerous awards, including the President’s Humanitarian Council Award in 1997 and, in 2007, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism’s Excellence in Arts Education Award as well as the Greater Hartford Arts Council Excellence in Arts Award.

Mission of Sankofa Kuumba

Sankofa Kuumba is dedicated to positive community development through increased personal involvement in the arts.

Our mission is to research, teach, and promote the cultures of the African Diaspora by working with youth, children, families and communities. This will be accomplished through performances workshops and community events, visual arts and performing arts educational and wellness programming that supports academic achievement, and continued professional development to build strong teaching and performing artists of color.

Acknowledgements and Thanks

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  • Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Hartford
  • Center Church
  • Charter Oak Cultural Center
  • City of Hartford, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
  • Fund for Greater Hartford
  • Greater Hartford Arts Council
  • Hartford Performs
  • Hartford Public Schools
  • People’s United Bank
  • State Department of Education
  • Trinity College, Center for Urban/Global Studies
  • The Village for Children and Families
  • Zulu Nation
  • JRB Productions LLC.
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Hot Tomato’s Restaurant
  • The Connecticut Commission on the Arts

The Greater Hartford Arts Council

Welcome to the Capital Region’s cultural development organization. Ranked in the country’s Top 10 United Arts funds by Americans for the Arts, the Greater Hartford Arts Council is also a national leader in connecting the public to arts and entertainment, and New England’s largest independent arts council. Join us!

The darkening days of December may not seem the best time to plant, but an idea that took root in Hartford in December 1925 has grown…into a healthy reality – the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving – that nourishes our community in a thousand ways.

The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation is a private, special purpose foundation. In accordance with its founders’ wishes, its purpose is to support and encourage excellence in the arts in Hartford, Connecticut and the immediately surrounding area.