For the safety of our community, African Arts Academy Spring classes have been cancelled due to the Covidi-19 crisis. Stay tuned for more updates as the ocal government regulations are lifted.
Our program includes, Art, Dance, Music, Fashion, Textile, sculpture, Culinary, Film, Theater, Cosmetology, new technology digital art, holistic traditional science, the business of art and more.
Due to lack of adequate funding, our classes are limited to dance and drum lessons, offered in various locations throughout the bay area, but we are based in San Francisco at the African American Art and Culture Complex located at 762 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94102. We want to partner with high schools, colleges and universities for a mutual benefit.
Our after school programs, offers certificates of excellence, and it is good for extra curriculum credits for students who need it.
Our cultural exchange scholarship award program will allow a student to go to Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire West Africa and participate in a dance program with our school partners AANINKA .
For more information, and if you have any other question, please contact us on the contact page. We have partnered with several corresponding schools in Africa, that will accept students who are awarded with African Arts Academy scholarship.
Drums and Dance Program for Adult
The drum and dance program is for any individual wanting to learn African dance and drumming for their own personal growth and expend their musical skill. This is also a great program for students from high school colleges and universities for extra credit curriculums.
Youth After School and Summer Program
African Arts Academy’s youth after school and summer program is designed to help parents with children from ages 5 to 17 years old stay off the street to avoid violence, and drug abuse by offering fun activities such as African dance and drum lessons during summer break.
Our student exchange scholarship program, offers awards to qulified students to travel to Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire West Africa. This will allow them to participate in a specialized dance program with our affiliate Dance Conervatory, AANINKA based in Abidjan (Ivory Coast).
The mission is to empower youth from historically marginalized San Francisco's Bayview Cultural District minority communities as well as youth from the African diaspora through art education. Rest assured that we do not turn down anyone based on their cultural background or financial status. Please contact us via the website contact form and let us know which how we may assist.
This program is perfect for students from ages 5 to 17 years old for the after school enrichment program. We offer summer camps and workshops throughout the year with our school partners.
Our instructors are masters specialized in their specific crafts from various background of the African diaspora. If you are interesred in teaching at African Arts Academy, don't hesitate to send a request via our contact page, including your bio and tell us why you want to teach at A-A-A. In your message, don't forget to include ways we can get in contact with you.
Dr. Djo Bi
Dr. Djo Bi is a master hand drummer from the village of Bangofla, Cote D’Ivoire, West Africa, where music permeates daily life. As a young boy, Dr. Djo Bi had a unique talent and understanding of the rhythms and sounds of his culture. His parents were musicians, and Dr. Djo Bi has had a drum in his hands since he was a toddler.
Around age 5, he was performing in church; and by the time he was a young teenager, he was invited to begin a professional career as a musician/artist among seasoned adult musicians and dancers. It was these adults who christened him as “The Doctor” because he had a mature, prodigal knowledge of his craft. They felt he could take any rhythm or sound and make it even better.
Having lived in Paris, France, for a dozen years, Dr. Djo Bi was able to involve himself with a wide variety of musical experiences. He was even involved with the African Museum in Brussels, Belgium, as part of a research group with Curator Anne Marie Bouttiaux returning with him to his village to learn about mask dance culture.
In 1997, Dr. Djo Bi moved to New York City where he founded and directed a group called Bangofla Music Ensemble. He has performed and educated across the States, particularly around New England and the Eastern seaboard while he lived in New York for 10 years. We are now blessed in the Midwest to have such a phenomenal and renowned African musician available to us.
Dr. Djo Bi has worked with students of all ages, from preschoolers to senior citizens. He has taught in public and private school settings, museums, drum and dance schools/camps, workshops and special events. Dr. Djo Bi loves his craft and lives with it every day. It is his mission to share his love of music with you.
Drum and Dance Instructor
Master drummer and dancer Mailly Tagba, the leader of Gbozé, was born in the Ivory Coast of Africa in Guimeyo Soubre and his first language is Bete. He has been dancing and drumming since
he was seven to nine years old. He started studying drum with his uncle Abel Guié, who is also in Gbozé. His grandmother Gagnie Elise taught him to sing and dance. Every time there was a celebration, his grandmother would sing and dance and Abel would drum. His grandmother encouraged him to learn these arts.
When Francis was 17 he went to Abidjan and enrolled in the Djolem drum and dance school. At the age of 21 he became the leader of the drummers at the school. In 1998 he became a Directoire Artistique in the Ivory Coast. He was in charge of two groups: Talehi and Gbozé.
He travelled around Africa and to Europe, Asia, and the United States. In 2001 he was invited to the African marketplace in Los Angeles. At the same time he performed with the UniverSoul Circus for three years and was with the Circus Hermanos Vasquez for three years.
Then he decided to try a new life by teaching drumming and dancing in Reno, NV. He has brought to Reno a unique energy and talent that most people don't have the opportunity to see. He shares this talent at the River School every Wednesday at 6:30 with a drum class followed by a dance class at 7:30.
He put together a group of enthusiastic performers who presented an amazing show called "Senin" on June 27, 2009. Included were Master Drummers and dancers from Africa. The energy they shared with us is a vital part of the African lifestyle. Dancing, singing and drumming has long been a daily accompaniment of work, life changes, and the African way of life.
Atito Gohi, is from The Ivory Coast West Africa. from the ethnic group is Gouro, located in the valley regions of the Bandama river. He lived in the united states for 23 years, since 1994. As a dancer from the National Ballet Ivory Coast since 1990, It is my duty to aid and educate to the very people who supported my success and journey thus far. His years of experience in united states and established resume can reintroduce the necessary historical importance of the Ivory Coast National Ballet Program to artist all throughout the Ivory coast.
The Ivory Coast National Ballet was an Ivory Coast dance company that recruited dancers of each ethnic group to represent the cultures customs, tradition, and musical talents through performing arts. The Ivory Coast National Ballet is virtually nonexistent, close to 10 years now. Bringing back the National Ballet to Ivory Coast will educate and develop all cultural performing artist; further exposing the beauty and history of West African Culture. His talent, education, and continued success in marketing himself, as he is the only Zaouli Traditional Dancer representing Ivory Coast. Atito traveled the world doing what I he loves, dance and teach dance …….