Anansi and the Sky God

In Spring 2014, Carnival Arts explored the folktales, music, dance, and visual art of the Ashanti people of Ghana. The Ashanti made up a significant portion of the people who were abducted in the black Atlantic slave trade, so there is a strong Ashanti presence in the cultures of the Americas. We were blessed to [...]

Anansi the Trickster Spider Workshop VIDEO

Anansi The Trickster Spider from Celeste Fraser Delgado on Vimeo. Young artists resident at Miami Bridge youth crisis shelter and Barry University students in theology and sociology classes collaborated with ceramicist Rebeca Gilling to make masks inspired by Anansi, the trickster spider famous from the folktales of the Ashanti people of Ghana and performed a [...]

Areito Masks

Fall 2013 Carnival Artists from Miami Bridge Central and Barry University explored the legacy of the Arawak people -- the indigenous people of the Caribbean -- also known as the Taínos. Inspired by artifacts discovered in archeological digs, we designed masks using cardboard, paint, wire, cork, and straw in two workshops led by Rebeca Gilling. [...]

Maroon Chronicles – The Movie

Mariama and Youssou, two teenagers in love, are abducted from their village in Senegal and sold into slavery at different plantations on a Caribbean island. Each escapes with the help of friends, but the slavers chase after them. Will they find freedom? Will they find each other? Watch and see. Young artists at Miami Bridge [...]

Spiffing Up Old Masks

http://vimeo.com/63773153 To get ready for the closing party of the Carnival Arts exhibit on Thursday, April 11, at the Miami International Airport, the Carnival Arts crew spiffed up old masks and tried them on. Singing and drummer performed by Catelus "Ton Ton" Laguerre, master Haitian drummer, who will lead a workshop at the opening party. [...]