A Message From MRS. RUBIE

Peace Asase Yaa Family,

     It has always been my personal mission to prepare our youth and therefore, the future of our communities by emboldening them with the richness of art history and culture. Since the inception of Asase Yaa Summer Arts program, the goal has always been to create a wider and more deeply interwoven community by connecting the children and families through invaluable, fun, and impactful experiences. The children of Asase Yaa will have shared the dance floor, performances, trips, stories, creativity, and safe and fun times together for most of their lives, even at their current young ages. This community has also expanded by the youth who have worked with us during the summer who are not participants by way of our participation with SYEP.

     This summer many of our youth will be negatively affected by the cancellation of SYEP and we do not want to let them or their families down. I believe that when you invest in children you invest in the power, strength, and dedication for your community into the future. In response to these changes, we are launching the Asase Yaa Youth Employment Initiative, which is our first crowdfunding campaign. The goal of this initiative is to hire 20 youth workers and give them the opportunity to be employed this summer and gain necessary experiences in job training, personal budgeting, and the importance of investing in themselves and their community.

     We are still planning to host our annual summer arts program and are consulting with physicians, mental and public health specialists and other community stakeholders to ensure the safety of our youth and to gain insight into best practices moving forward. The guidelines on social distancing are changing daily and so we will continue to plan forward but will announce any final decisions as all city criteria are rolled out.

     We are excited to support our youth this summer and are looking forward to the community and our supporters rallying around this very important effort to provide the youth and families within our community an opportunity this summer, that will hopefully inspire them to do the same for someone in the future.

–  Rubie Inez Williams, Director of Operations

 

RAISING OUR VOICES FOR BLACK YOUTH VIRTUAL BENEFIT CONCERT

We’re incredibly excited to announce the premiere of our first virtual performance event! It will be broadcast on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook. All funds raised from the concert will be donated to our Asase Youth Summer Employment Initiative.

ASASE YAA YOUTH SUMMER EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE

We would sincerely appreciate and encourage you to contribute to the ASASE YAA YOUTH SUMMER EMPLOYMENT INITIATIVE and donate whatever you can to help us serve our youth and reach our target goal of $50,000.

Please be advised that your donation is tax-deductible and the 100% of the funds raised will be used to support our Youth Summer Employment Initiative.

Here are several donating tiers that you may want to consider: $500, $250, $100, $50, $25, or any donation amount with a minimum of $5.00.

Thank you in advance for your
consideration and support.

Text YSEI to 844-844-6844 to donate via text

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Our Mission

 

Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to fulfill our core tenets to Enrich, Educate, Entertain and promote the importance of cultural performing arts to youth and adults in our community. We aspire to empower and strengthen our youth by offering them an opportunity to learn, study and experience the history, movement and beauty of African Diasporic dance, music and culture at its highest level. Our programs are designed to ensure that our youth understand the roots and value of culture in the arts, which we hope will inspire and propel them to become strong leaders capable of preserving and elevating our culture and communities in the future.

Our Mission

Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to fulfill our core tenets to Enrich, Educate, Entertain and promote the importance of cultural performing arts to youth and adults in our community. We aspire to empower and strengthen our youth by offering them an opportunity to learn, study and experience the history, movement and beauty of African Diasporic dance, music and culture at its highest level. Our programs are designed to ensure that our youth understand the roots and value of culture in the arts, which we hope will inspire and propel them to become strong leaders capable of preserving and elevating our culture and communities in the future.

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WHAT MAKES ASASE YAA UNIQUE?

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ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS

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We are one of the few Black-owned African cultural arts organizations in Brooklyn, spurred by a generational torch that has been passed on and maintained for over three and a half decades, which includes 17 years with our current organization.

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Serving Low-Income families

We provide “minority” children, single parent households and lower income families in the New York metropolitan community and surrounding areas with exposure to quality cultural performing arts through performances, a summer camp, performing and visual arts classes, and cultural events for little or no cost.

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free performing classes

The Foundation focuses on community-oriented programs such as free performing and visual arts classes, scholarships and exposing communities to the arts through productions and events produced by Asase Yaa Entertainment Group, LLC.

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Summer children's art camp

Our multifaceted 6-week Summer Children’s Art Camp is the only summer program that offers youth (ages 4-13) a chance to contribute, create and produce an original work and full live production which is presented to a captive audience of family and friends as the Finale to camp. They learn all aspects of live production including writing, music, dance, costumes, choreography, staging, lights and sound.

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School of the Arts Outreach Program

Our School of the Arts Outreach Program is one of the most robust in-school cultural arts programs in the city. Over the past five years, we’ve served some 10,000 students and presented live performances and teaching residencies in over 100 schools (K – 12) throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

We have provided 100 scholarships, (totally over $50,000) for low income students from our community to participate and experience our program curriculum.

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intergenerational

We’re the only non-profit cultural arts organization in Brooklyn that offers and fuses education, African history, arts, dance, drum/percussion and live performance training to children and adults ranging from 3 – 65 years and older throughout the entire year.

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AWARD-Winning honors

We’re the first US-based African dance company in history to be nominated for the highly-coveted Bessie Award for our production of the “Djembe in the New Millennium” (2014). In 2017, we also won our first Bessie Award for our play, “Healing Sevens.”

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ASASE YAA ALUMNI SUCCESS

In recent years, about 20 of our exceptionally gifted and talented program alumni have been accepted by major universities and colleges around the country, debuted on Broadway, are touring with major recording artists, or have appeared in several popular television programs and motion pictures.

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Original Productions

Since the inception of the Asaye Yaa African Dance Theater program we have self-produced and presented 17 original productions featuring dance and drums and collaborated with nearly two dozen of the most prestigious African dance companies in the nation. In addition, some 1000 performers have graced our stages.

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THE Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation

The Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation is a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization with a mission to enlighten, uplift and immerse the community at large in all things artful of Africa – in full – in America. The Foundation is the controlling entity of a broad range of arts & cultural services that comprise two primary programs, the Asase Yaa School of the Arts and the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater. Under the auspices of the School of the Arts, they also sponsor an annual Children’s Summer Arts Camp, and have a thriving Arts Outreach educational program that services public and private schools throughout New York’s five boroughs including Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens. It’s one of the few Black-owned and run African cultural arts organizations in Brooklyn, and its principals include; Kofi Osei Williams, Chief Executive Director,  Rubie Inez Williams, Director of Operations of the Foundation and Yao Ababio, Founder and Artistic Director of the African American Dance Theater.

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THE Asase Yaa SCHOOL OF ARTS

The School of the Arts  was founded in 2010 with the mission to provide quality dance and drum instruction to boys and girls students ages 3 to 18. Through intensive study and technical training in various dance forms that include tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and African, students become well versed in their genre over the course of the 37 week program (which typically runs from October to June).

The School offers two major youth programs annually in addition to the classes and regular curriculum they offer in public, charter, and public schools.

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THE Asase Yaa AFRICAN AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

Where ever they perform, the Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater becomes the audience’s favorite African dance and drum company, a reputation that we have worked diligently to maintain.