February 21, 2024

PHILADELPHIA – The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) has introduced a sequence of particular applications and occasions to rejoice Kwanzaa, a Pan-African and African American vacation, which is rooted in cultural traditions and practices that uplift rules of household and group.

Throughout the week-long celebration, December 26 – January 1, AAMP will supply in-person and digital, family-friendly actions that acknowledge and honor the seven rules of Kwanzaa, often known as “Nguzo Saba” in Swahili: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Willpower), Ujima (Collective Work and Duty), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Objective), Kuumba (Creativity) and Imani (Religion).

All through the week, company might be welcomed to take part in storytelling, arts and crafts, music and dancing, and interactive workshops, and extra that commemorate these rules. This yr, AAMP can even accomplice with Philadelphia’s Studying Terminal Marketplace for a Soul Meals cooking demonstration and the historic Franklin Sq. for a night bazaar that includes Black-owned and a particular Kwanzaa version of the favored regional trivia recreation, Quizzo.  AAMP’s Present Store can even function Kwanzaa-related clothes, items, and gadgets for company to buy and put on all through the season.

AAMP’s 2023 Kwanzaa lineup of actions is as follows:

Tuesday, December 26, 5:00 – 8:00 pm: Opening Unity Celebration at AAMP

On the primary day of Kwanzaa, AAMP will rejoice the precept of Umoja (Unity), which suggests “to try for and preserve unity within the household, group, nation, and race,” with the Opening Unity Ceremony. The family-friendly occasion will embrace the lighting of the Kinara to usher on this yr’s Kwanzaa season, studying the Nguzo Saba, music, training, and storytelling. Preregistration for the occasion is extremely inspired.

Wednesday, December 27, 2:00 – 4:00 pm: Skillets and Ability Units: A Soul Meals Journey at Studying Terminal Market

On the second day of Kwanzaa, AAMP will rejoice the precept of Kujichagulia (Self-Willpower), which suggests “to outline ourselves, identify ourselves, create for ourselves, and communicate for ourselves,” with a Kwanzaa impressed cooking demonstration at Studying Terminal Market and that includes chef Careda Matthews of Careda’s Caribbean Delicacies. Preregistration for the occasion is extremely inspired.

Thursday, December 28, 5:00 – 8:00 pm: Music & Actions

On the third day of Kwanzaa, AAMP will rejoice the precept of Ujima (Collective Work and Duty), which suggests “to construct and preserve our group collectively and make our group’s issues our issues and to resolve them collectively, with an evening of music and dance in celebration of Black ladies.

Friday, December 29, 5:00 – 8:00 pm: Kwanzaa Quizzo and Night Bazaar and at Franklin Sq.

On the fourth day of Kwanzaa, AAMP will rejoice the precept of Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), which suggests “to construct and preserve our personal shops, retailers and different companies and to revenue from them collectively,” with a curated family-friendly market expertise that includes Black-owned distributors from throughout the area with presents (or Zawadi in Swahili) simply in time for the vacation season, a Kwanzaa-themed quizzo, meals vehicles, music, and extra. 

Distributors purposes to take part within the Night Bazaar might be accepted till December 10. Ultimate choices are topic to availability and are made on the discretion of the Museum.

Saturday, December 30, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: What I Was Made For: Reflecting Our Greatest Selves

On the fifth day of Kwanzaa, AAMP will rejoice the precept of Nia (Objective), which suggests “to make our collective vocation the constructing and growing of our group in an effort to restore our individuals to their conventional greatness,” with a doll-making train the place company will create dolls in their very own picture whereas writing and talking intentions for the brand new yr.

Sunday, December 31,1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Invincible Identities: Crafting Your Alter Ego (digital)

On the sixth day of Kwanzaa, AAMP will rejoice the precept of Kuumba (Creativity), which suggests “at all times do as a lot as we are able to to go away our group extra stunning and helpful than we inherited it,” with an alter-ego and superhero character workshop, impressed by artwork in AAMP’s present exhibition, Rising Solar: Artist’s in an Unsure America.

Monday, January 1, 2024 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Setting Your Intentions for a Sacred 12 months (digital)

On this seventh and last day of Kwanzaa, AAMP will rejoice not solely the New 12 months, however the precept of Imani (Religion), which suggests “to imagine with all our hearts in our individuals and the righteousness and victory of our wrestle,” with a yoga and meditative respiratory session to reset and replicate on the New 12 months.

Registration for every of AAMP’s Kwanzaa occasions will open on December 1, 2023. Ticket pricing for every occasion varies, with discounted costs and admission for AAMP members.

Admission to programming at AAMP additionally consists of entry to the present exhibition, “Rising Solar: Artists in an Unsure America,” which is curated in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Tremendous Arts and options mixed-media artwork from 20 artists in response to the query “Is the solar rising or setting on the experiment of American democracy?”

For extra info on AAMP’s Kwanzaa programming, go to aampmuseum.org/kwanzaa-2023.