Bronx Zoo Celebrates Congo Gorilla Forest's 10th Anniversary with African Arts
Zoo Hosts Ten Days of Arts Workshops in Collaboration with the Museum for African Art at Dancing Crane Plaza
As part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Bronx
exhibit, the Wildlife Conservation Society – the zoo’s parent
organization – is hosting ten days of craft-making workshops in
collaboration with the Museum for African Art.
The workshops, which will take place at the Bronx Zoo’s Dancing Crane
Plaza, are based on artistic
traditions from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Central
Africa. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Democratic Republic of the Congo
from teaching artists while participating in the arts of mask making, basket
making, gourd adornment and beading. These programs will inspire children
and their families, through the art that they create and the knowledge they
gain in the process.
Workshops will take place 11:00
am - 4:00 pm
Fridays and Saturday from June 19 – July 18. The scheduled times for each
20-minute workshop are: 11:00 am,
11:40 am, 1:00 pm, 1:40 pm, 2:20 pm, 3:00 pm
and 3:40 pm.
19, 20 and July
17: Mask Making
a Congolese educator and artist, will conduct a mask making activity revolving
around masks that represent specific animals from the DRC.
26, 27 and July
18: Basket Making
Mikouizambassi, a master craftsman
and an educator will conduct this interactive program on traditional basket
weaving from the DRC.
July 3, 4: Gourd Adornment
Chard, an art decorator who specializes in Congolese symbols, will conduct a
workshop on gourd adornment where participants will learn traditional patterns
and their significance.
Beads and Adornment
Ntumba, a Congolese designer, will
conduct a workshop that merges Congolese patterns into fashion by combining
colorful beads, raffia, strings and modern fabrics.
The Museum for African Art
Since 1984, the Museum for African Art has been unwavering in its
commitment to present African art, both classic and contemporary, to the world.
In the last quarter of a century, the Museum has organized nearly 60
exhibitions and published as many catalogues, traveled exhibitions to almost
120 museums internationally, and worked with renowned scholars to present a
holistic interpretation of African art and culture. Our exhibitions have earned
critical acclaim for their ideas, their beauty, and their original
presentation. As construction continues on our new building on Museum Mile, we
look forward to welcoming you in the fall of 2010. For additional information
about the Museum and its programs, visit www.africanart.org, call 718-784-7700 or email email@example.com.
Bronx Zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., 5:30
p.m. on weekends and holidays through November 2, 2009. Adult admission is $15,
children (3-12 years old) $11, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are
$13. Parking is $12 for cars and $16 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently
located off the Bronx River
Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by
bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just
outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit www.bronxzoo.com
or call 718-367-1010.
Society/Bronx Zoo: Danna
Museum for African Art: Nathaniel Johnson
ext. 117 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wildlife Conservation Society
saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science,
global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system
of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these
activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and
humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is
essential to the integrity of life on Earth.
Note to the Media: If you would like to guide your readers or
viewers to a web link where they can make donations in support of helping save
wildlife and wild places, please direct them to www.wcs.org/donation.
in the Field
To learn more about WCS conservation efforts in Africa and around the world, visit www.wcs.org for more information.