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At Ifetayo cultural academy, programs are designed to promote self-awareness, inner growth, and knowledge of African culture. Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy is currently celebrating 23 years of service to over 15,000 students and families in central Brooklyn. The organization’s mission is to support the creative, educational, and vocational development of the youth of African descent.
Ifetayo was founded in the spring of 1989 by Kwayera Archer-Cunningham. Her experience as a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator combined with her passion for African culture to create the beginnings of Ifetayo. When it began, Ifetayo was teaching only ten students and it has since grown to an educational institution serving over 2,000 students in central Brooklyn. Each year it offers six integrated in-school, after school, and weekend programs in academic and literacy training, personal skills development, community involvement, cultural heritage classes, and socially responsible art making. The organization’s name comes from the West African Yoruba word "ifetayo" which means "love is enough for joy" and captures Ifetayo’s nurturing approach to empowering youth and redefining community development.
In September, 2017 Ifetayo Cultural Academy Youth Ensemble partnered with Bric House for their House Party. The Youth Ensemble was awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013. Watch them perform for former First Lady Michelle Obama below.
Cover photo credit: @ifetayoculture via Instagram