TakeTimeThursday: Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa Everybody! - Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum | Kids Out and About Toronto

TakeTimeThursday: Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa Everybody! - Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

*The event has already taken place on this date: Thu, 12/10/2020
Kwanzaa is a seven-day festival that celebrates African and African American culture and history introduced by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 in the United States. Join us as Mr. New-School, Brian Barber, walk us through the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and create a hands-on craft using easy to find materials.

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Brian Barber is an educator, rapper, and author born in Washington D.C. and raised in Fort Washington, Maryland. His experience as an educator and writer allows him to effectively produce educational materials for school age children. Brian has worked in the educational field since 2003 as an educator in Prince George’s County, Maryland. During those years he taught music to students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade as well as mathematics, science, health, reading, language arts and social studies to grades two and five. Brian has also performed as a hip-hop artist for many years. The many talents that Brian developed have given him a special blend of artistry.

Brian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Bowie State University in Maryland, a second Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communication Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) from Bowie State University as well, and a Master’s Degree in Education at Trinity University in Washington D.C. Through this unique combination of skills and talents Mr. New-School was created. Brian found throughout his years teaching that children respond to topics in which they relate and have an interest, thus he created Mr. New-School.

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To participate in the Kwanzaa craft activity here are the supplies you will need:
Kwanzaa Crown

Materials: Construction Paper (Red, Black, Green), Glue, Glitter Glue, Glitter, Scissors, Markers, Crayons



  1. Use a strip of black construction paper to measure around the child’s head. Leave an extra inch on the black strip in order to glue.
  2. Glue the ends of the black strip creating a circle based on the size of the child’s head.
  3. Take a red and a green strip of construction paper, lay them across each other creating an X, and glue them together.
  4. Repeat step 3 with black strips.
  5. Lay the two X’s directly on each other then rotate the black X 45 degrees.
  6. Glue the X’s together creating a dome.
  7. Glue all of the ends of the dome to the inside of the black circle, creating a crown
  8. Let dry.

Register in advance for this webinar by clicking on this link: smithsonian.zoom.us…


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#Take Time Thursdays with the Anacostia Community Museum gives participants a chance to take time for wellness, health, and creativity with artists, thought leaders, performers, wellness practitioners and others. Take a 30-minute break with us from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. each Thursday and boost your mind, body and spirit. 

Note:  Sign Language interpretation or live captioning for our virtual programs available upon request.  Two weeks advance notice is appreciated.  Place your request by emailing Linda Maxwell at MaxwellL@si.edu




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