The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts hosted its free Family Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, celebrating the art and culture of Mali.
Storytelling and Mudcloth activities with Virginia Friends of Mali, dancing, performances by musician Cheick Hamala Diabate and DJ Mikemetic & the Afro Beta Drummers were featured, along with quilting demonstrations by the Sisters of the Yam African-American Quilters Guild, clay vessel demonstrations by Carren Clarke and woodcut print demonstrations by Dennis Winston.
Storytelling in the Library with the Alapini-Sakponou Women had it covered with these two books:
|The Magic Gourd by Baba Wague Diakite|
Sundiata: The Lion King of Mali by David Wisniewski
|At the end of the storytelling, the group talked about the country of Mali, and used a map made of Bogolanfini, a textile decorated with natural leaf and mud dyes. Then they sent their visitors downstairs to the Bogolan making activity!|
|Learning together, Mother and daughter.|
|A "mudcloth" puppy!|
|This young Va Friend of Mali made a new piece every half hour or so and each piece grew in skill and exploration!|
|Daughter and Father inspiring each other's individuality.|
|A full range of interpretations: a lot of fun.|
Cheikh Hamala Diabate and his crew were there, too!!
A great time was had by all!
|We LOVE doing this WORK!|