Celebrating Arab American & Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Months

  • March 25, 2021

Arab American Heritage Month, observed in April of each year, celebrates the heritage and culture and pays tribute to the contributions Arab Americans have made to the US and the diverse group of people who make up the nations Middle Eastern population.

Native Egyptian, Karim Nagi, specializes in traditional Arabic music. He uses this foundation to re-imagine the culture while sharing the unique sounds and histories of percussion and string instruments, demonstrates dynamic folk dances, teaches vocabulary and geography, and gives an uplifting impression of Arab culture.

Karim’s music and dance provide an uplifting new narrative, representing the ebullient and welcoming nature of Arab & Muslim people. The Arabiqa program arose from the need to counteract stereotypes and prejudicial biases against people from the Arab & Muslim worlds here in America. Karim seeks to familiarize and re-define.

Learn more about Karim Nagi and his outreach programs Arabiqa: Arabic Music, Dance and Culture (performance) and Arabic Rhythm and Percussion and Arabic Line-Dancing (Dabka) (workshops), here: Karim Nagi

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, obeserved in May of each year, celebrates the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

Mark H Rooney drumming

Mark H Rooney – the world’s most dangerous half-Japanese/half-Scottish solo improvisational taiko artist – studies, performs, and teaches taiko, a dynamic form of full-body drumming based in Japanese tradition. Mark combines this traditional foundation with a modern sensibility to create performances and classes that emphasize connection, reaction, and interaction.

Mark has performed with a number of groups in Japan as well as performing widely in Europe and the United States and has also collaborated with other artists and groups. Although Mark is a dynamic and talented performer, his true passion lies with teaching taiko.

Learn more about Mark H Rooney and his programs An Introduction to Taiko, the Art of Japanese Drumming (performance); or An Introduction to Taiko, the Art of Japanese Drumming (workshop) here: Mark H Rooney


Prakriti Dance is a new performing company founded by Co-Artistic Directors Kasi Aysola and Madhvi Venkatesh. It uses the movement vocabulary of the Indian classical dance form, Bharata Natyam, to communicate inspirations from nature, philosophy and human experience. Prakriti Dance uses traditional lexicon to communicate diverse ideas that are relevant across all communities.

By interweaving lyrics, dance, and visual design, Prakriti explores multifaceted presentations to transcend cultural boundaries. The company seeks to engage with diverse audiences through vivid performances and workshops to promote understanding and appreciation of Bharata Natyam.

Learn more about Prakriti Dance and their programs, Through Fish Eyes and Rhythms of India: An Exploration through Classical Indian Dance (performances); Storytelling Through Classical Indian Dance (performance or workshop); or Introduction to Classical Indian Dance (workshop) here: Prakriti Dance

Growing up in the late 60′s with a Japanese and Filipino American heritage, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo was provided with a rich cultural environment from which to explore the creation of an Asian American identity. His music background as a songwriter and composer, his interest and talents in Asian ethnic music, dance and theater, and his innate comedic ability merged with his social and political philosophy to place Robert in the exciting art form of storytelling.

Synthesizing the spoken word with kinetic sensibilities, interlacing music to create interludes and atmosphere, and engaging his audiences into playful participation, integrates all of the elements Robert values for conveying his philosophy through performance.

Learn more about Robert and his programs, Asia FantAsia and Bamboo Jamboo: An Asian Musical Adventure!(performances); or Asian Pacific Playshop (workshop), here: Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo


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