The first weekend in September, I participated as a Make and Take Artist at the 2018 African American Cultural Festival in downtown Raleigh, NC. It was my first appearance as a provider, having only attended in years past as an observer of the incredible array of art and activities that the festival offers.
It was a unique experience. My favorite part was that I spent the weekend working with the younger set. I was visited by some amazing little people, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing their take on the project that I offered. In keeping with the spirit of the event, I attempted to provide historical and cultural information to support the activity of making colorful, embellished collars like those created and worn by the Massai Tribe of central and southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. I did not manage to get photos of all of my visitors, but am so pleased to have at least a portion of the happy faces recorded for posterity. There is something about time spent with children that recharges your creativity in a whole new way.
Until next time,