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Museum of the African Diaspora Selected By Smithsonian Institute

Now Offers Two Educational Youth Programs for Girls, Feb. 22 to March 19

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Working in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum and research complex in the world, San Francisco's Museum of the African Diaspora (www.moadsf.org) is pleased to present two new youth programs Behind the Lens: Girls of Color and The Rhythm of Being Brown from February 22 through March 19. The courses are possible thanks to the Will to Adorn program of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage which hand selected MoAD because of its effective approach to developing curriculum.  Will to Adorn is part of a national movement to empower girls of color by exploring the past, defining the present and celebrating their cultural beauty.

"The 'will to adorn' has been called a primary characteristic of African American expression, grounded in history and visible throughout the African Diaspora. These are powerful programs we are thrilled to offer young girls because of the Smithsonian," said Linda Harrison, Executive Director of MoAD. The events are part of Black History Month activities in February.

Behind the Lens: Girls of Color in the Media is a program for young girls of color to analyze the way the media defines, and sometimes exploits, beauty through words, images and sounds. The girls will explore fashion, music and technology within the African Diaspora to understand the "will to adorn" in a cultural context. Female leaders of all ages will be celebrated for their contributions.

The Rhythm of Being Brown introduces girls of color ages 11 to 13 to women of color who have made history through musical expression. The program focuses on music as a form of folklore, historic preservation and adornment. The musical women include master Djembe (tribal hand drum) players, hip-hop artists, spoken word poets and jazz musicians. Girls will create instruments and artwork designed to bridge cross-cultural and generational gaps.

Visit www.moadsf.org for more information.

About MoAD
Since 2005, the Museum of the African Diaspora showcases the history, art and cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world, with innovative and engaging exhibitions, education and public programs. As a nonprofit organization, the museum's operations and programs are supported by grants and contributions from public and private sources.

CONTACT: Karen Monroe
Karen Monroe Public Relations
[email protected]
415.819.7986

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