Academy of Funk 2019

6 May

Shakers and Chekeres: A Hands-and-Ears-On Workshop

time 6 p.m.

Make and decorate your own water bottle shaker while taking a musical journey through Latin America and learning about the role of this fundamental percussion instrument.

user Instructors: Cristina Diaz-Carrera, Melissa Queen

7 May

Afro-Latin Dance for Everyone

time 6:30 p.m.

Take in the history of Afro-Latin dance while practicing your moves in this participatory class.

user Instructor: Josephine Christian

8 May

Fundamentals of West African Drumming

time 6:30 p.m.

Experience the basic rhythms of the djembe in this hands-on workshop.

user Instructor: Uasuf Gueye

9 May

Record Collecting 101: Vinyl Happy Hour with Som Records

time 7 p.m.

This talk, Q&A, and happy hour will cover all things vinyl, including record quality, genre expansion, collection curation, and more.

user Instructor: Neal Becton

10 May

Parliament-Funkadelic’s The Mothership: A Smithsonian Gallery Talk

time 2 p.m.

“Put a glide in your stride and a dip in your hip / And come on up to the Mothership” for this curator-led talk at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

user Instructor: Kevin Strait

11 May

U Street Murals Art Walk

time 11 a.m.

Explore the historical, social, and political significance of (un)commissioned public art, along with the unique styles used to create each mural.

user Instructor: Cory Stowers