Arts’ part

tpetlutherthorneArts and culture are powerful ways for people of African descent to discover their culture, an American dancer and choreographer told students today.

“Since I was a child, I was taught that I am from a proud heritage… We all have a history and it is lived with music, dance and art,” said Junius Brickhouse during a short address to the students of the Luther Thorne Primary this afternoon.

He was there as part of the school’s African Awareness celebrations, under the auspices of the United States Embassy in Bridgetown.

Brickhouse, director of Urban Artistry dance group, encouraged the children to adopt some aspects of the arts into their lives.

The 36-year-old army veteran also read Sandra L. Pinkney’s Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children to the students, one of the 48 books donated to the school by the US Embassy.

During his stay on the island, Brickhouse will host free dance workshops at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed, culminating in an open-air dance class at Queen’s Park on Saturday afternoon. He will also visit Queen’s College tomorrow. (LW)

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