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Soulful Senior Classes this Summer

Updated: Jul 16, 2022

Registration is June 18th - 29th Call 314-669-9300 to schedule a registration appointment. Classes begin July 18, 2022. Fees are based on income, so we will need proof of income and residency. We will be following STL City and CDC protocols. Masks will be required for face-to-face classes and proof of vaccination. Our target population is St. Louis City residents. However, we can accept county residents. ALL FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES WILL TAKE PLACE AT 14TH STREET ART GALLERY 2701 NORTH 14TH STREET Call 314-669-9300 to schedule an appointment to register. If you don't a have a computer, or don't know how to use one, we can help! Classes

THE ROOSTER. Facilitator, Bridget Stegall. This fun and interesting class mingles genealogy and fabric art. In many cultures the rooster symbolizes spiritual vigilance, good luck, fortune and the continuity of lineage. This summer we will work on our lineage by writing our personal memoirs as we create a fabric art rooster. This virtual class will meet Monday through Thursday July 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th. Time 1:45 to 2:45pm. VIRTUAL

THEY CAME BEFORE COLUMBUS. The African Presence in Ancient America. Facilitator, Shvonne L. Johnson. They Came Before Columbus reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America. Examining navigation and shipbuilding; cultural analogies between Native Americans and Africans; the transportation of plants, animals, and textiles between the continents; and the diaries, journals, and oral accounts of the explorers themselves, Ivan Van Sertima builds a pyramid of evidence to support his claim of an African presence in the New World centuries before Columbus. This class will meet July 18th, July 20th, July 25th and July 27th, 5:00 to 6:30pm VIRTUAL

COLUMBIAN SOUTH AMERICAN DANCE. Facilitator, Luisa Otero Prada. Bullerengue is a traditional musical genre and dance from the Caribbean Region of Colombia and the Darién Province in Panama. It is sung and preserved primarily by elderly women, accompanied by local artisan drums, and developed in the Palenques or Maroon communities who are descendants of enslaved Africans. Learn this beautiful dance technique. The class will meet every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week of the camp 10:30 – 11:45am. There are only 15 spaces in this class. FACE-TO-FACE.

THE WISE ONES AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE. Facilitator, Kunama Mtendaji. Drums play an important role in every aspect of African life, including the physical, emotional and spiritual. African hand drums are played to communicate, celebrate, mourn and inspire. They're played in times of peace and war, planting and harvesting, birth and death. Men and women, get ready for a great time in this exciting adventure into African drumming. This is a hands-on class where you will learn about the history as well as learning to drum. Class is open to 10 students and will meet 1:30 to 2:30 on July 19th, 21st, 26th, and 28th.There will also be a performance on July 29th at our closing luncheon and celebration. FACE-TO- FACE.

JUNKANOO CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL ARTS. Facilitators, Andrea Kharizma Hughes and Paulette Sankofa. Junkanoo, a Caribbean festival named after the West African John Canoe Festival, originated in the Bahamas around the 17th century as a masquerade. Enslaved persons with their faces hidden under a flour paste, celebrated on Boxing Day and the day after Christmas. In this class you will learn about the Junkanoo tradition, as well as a popular costume style, pitchy patchy. You will create your own costume, including a mask, as a piece of art you can display! This class will meet 3:00pm to 4:30pm on July 18th, July 20th, July 25th and July 27th. FACE-TO-FACE

WALKING STICKS. Facilitator, Hazel Green. Traditionally, these sticks were used as to defend its owner from some wild and dangerous animals, but in modern times they have become a symbol of prestige and leaders of various African ethnic groups would use them when presiding over special occasions and important functions. Join in this fun workshop to create your own walking stick that expresses your personality. July 25th and 26th 10:00 until 11:30 am. FACE-TO-FACE

BEAUTY IS IN THE EYES AND SPIRIT OF THE BEHOLDER... YOUR EYES AND SPIRIT. Facilitators Carol Fletcher (Mary Kay Representative) and Patricia "PJ" Dousin-Buie (Wellness Coach). Many companies in the cosmetics industry have long focused on youthful looks and has reaped substantial gains with anti-ageing products and services. To prevent people from looking old has been the mainstream of the attempts to stay what is considered beautiful. That is staying young. This workshop is focused on embracing and loving the beauty of you as you grow older. The facilitators will walk you through taking care of the skin you’re in, the impact of stress and environmental factors, facial and body exercises, and the use of makeup (if you choose). Each participant will receive a $30 gift certificate for Mary Kay products. The class is limited to 15 participants. This is a one-time session that will take place on July 25th from 2:00 until 4:30pm. FACE-TO-FACE

PAINT & SIP PARTY. Join us for an evening of painting, laughter, and just plain old fun! You don't have to have any experience painting. We'll provide the facilitator(s), painting supplies, and a goodie bag of treats. You provide your own beverage of choice. This one-time session will take place on Friday night July 22nd at 6:00 until 8:30pm. VIRTUAL

INVITING YOURSELF BACK INTO LIFE! Facilitator, Victor Little. As we continue to grow in our aging process, there are times when we need to do a re-boot. Well, join in an 8 session journey by inviting yourself on a fun adventure to explore your options and possibilities that are available right here in your own STL community. This class is a bit different and each day it meets will be different because there will be virtual and face- to-face activities such as meeting at a restaurant, taking walks, having in-depth conversations, taking photographs, and much more. So plan on having fun, charting out your personal plan for your wellbeing, and hopefully making new friends. This class will meet July 19th through the 28th. Times may vary but you will get a schedule before the class begins. The class size is 15 participants and will fill up quickly! VIRTUAL AND FACE- TO-FACE.

DAILY LUNCH AND LEARN: Sign up to participate in our FREE daily lunch and learn sessions. Enjoy a delicious and healthy lunch, interesting and fun workshops as well as great conversation. TIME 12Noon until 1:15pm FACE-TO FACE

  • Monday July 18th

  • Tuesday July 19th

  • Wednesday July 20th

  • Thursday July 21st

  • Monday July 25th

  • Tuesday July 26th

  • Wednesday July 27th

  • Thursday July 28th

Closing Celebration & Luncheon July 29th

More details to come!

PLEASE NOTE, due to the ongoing changing environment of COVID, there may need to be changes to how workshops are presented. We will make every effort to notify you in time and provide alternatives. We thank you in advance for your patience. Remember your health, and that of our staff and instructors, is what's most important.

Rev. Paulette Sankofa, Ed.D.

CEO and Founder PEACE Weaving Wholeness

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