Bembé in Milwaukee Schools

Bembé partners with Milwaukee schools to cultivate in-house cultural performing arts programs that suit the needs and culture of their unique school communities. School-based performing arts programs are year-round, after-school programs that use a Positive Youth Development model to engage youth and their families in ethnomusicology, technique and performance skills, and cultural honorance and empathy, with unique opportunities for intergenerational programing and study abroad. Led by master instructors in the fields of Afro-Latino Diaspora studies, Bembé youth also serve as cultural ambassadors throughout the City of Milwaukee at multiple public performances throughout the year. Scroll below to learn more about our school partners for the 2019-2020 school year, made possible by MPS Partnership for Arts and Humanities.

Bembé at Bruce-Guadalupe Community Schools

Established in 2015, Bembé at Bruce-Guadalupe Community Schools is a commitment-based, year-round after-school performing arts program for Bruce-Guadalupe Elementary and Middle School students. Students learn and rehearse folkloric and contemporary percussion-based music and dance from the Afro-Latino Diaspora and perform throughout the City of Milwaukee. Each fall, the program welcomes BGCS students from grades 3-8 to apply for music or dance, depending on space available in the program.

BGCS families pre-register HERE

Bembé at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts

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Now in its third consecutive year, Bembé partners with Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts’ after-school performing arts programs with innovative and original student works. In the 2019-2020 school year, the students will be led by Master Percussionist Carlos Adames in the traditions of Brazilian Samba, Cuban Rumba and Batá, and various West African traditions.

RMSA families register HERE.

Bembé and Escuela Verde

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In 2019, Bembé became official program partners with Escuela Verde, exchanging in-school music and dance exploration sessions that will supplement their global studies curriculum with rehearsal and performance space inside their beautiful school.

The partnership comes after two years of Bembé participation in Escuela Verde’s annual Noche de Altares event, in commemoration of Day of the Dead.

Escuela Verde students can speak to Ms. Cynthia about Bembé projects in the 2019-2020 school year.

If you are not an Escuela Verde student but would like to take our public classes at Escuela Verde, please visit our Academia page HERE

Bembé at Spanish Immersion School

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Bembé is excited to begin our first year of dance programming at Spanish Immersion School for the 2019-2020 school year. Students will be led by Miss Imani Jalil and their studies will focus on Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena, among other traditions of the Afro-Latino Diaspora.

SIS Families Register HERE