Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts & Culture, Inc. of Rockland, headquartered in Suffern, NY, was founded by Alexandreena Dixon in January 2003 as a not-for-profit entity to enrich its community, particularly its youth.
Chiku Awali's mission is to promote, encourage, and project civic and cultural programs and activities in Rockland County that are representative of African dance and culture. Chiku Awali also provides community outreach programs to local libraries, nursing homes, and rehabilitation facilities.
In addition to African dance, Chiku Awali has provided modern and tap dance classes for children, teens, and adults when funding was available. The organization provides African drumming classes and has provided other percussion instruments and flute lessons. Classes are available on a sliding fee scale based on income eligibility.
Additional programs include African artistic projects such as jewelry making, mancala design, and sand painting. Chiku Awali hosts a yearlong Rites of Passage for Young Men and Young Women which arms young adults with skills and tools to become a productive member of society. Chiku Awali also focuses on projects that teach healthy lifestyles for its community. The organization sponsors trips to African events in and around the tri-state area and sponsors tours to Africa. Please continue to visit our Programs and Events pages under the Calendar Sectionof our website for details.
As a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, Chiku Awali depends on the generosity of individuals like you to make our programs available. Please consider becoming a member of our organization and/or making a donation.
We welcome you to our organization with open arms and thank you in advance for your generous tax deductible donations.
Left to Right: Sena Dzokoto, Jerry Dzokoto, Jevaughn Fahie and Gabriel Roxbury
Bring home a beautiful Adinkra symbol to wear.
WHEN YOU PURCHASE ITEMS FROM OUR WEBSITE CHIKU AWALI RECEIVES A PORTION OF THE ADVERTISER'S PROCEEDS FOR SUPPORT OF IT PROGRAMS
The Amanne Collection--Click the Photo to Shop
Adinkra Symbols (Left to Right) 1. GYE NYAME: Except for God--Supremacy of God 2. NNI AWU: Do not Kill--Respect Life 3. FUNTUNFUNEFU DENKYEMFUNEFU: Siamese Crocodiles--Democracy 4. NYA AKOKOODURO: Have Heart--Courage 5. KAE ME: Remember me--Sankofa 6. AKOMA NTOSO: Linked Hearts--Understanding and Agreement 7. HWE MU DUA: Measuring Stick--Examination 8. SANKOFA: Return and get it--Learn from the Past 9. NSOROMMA: Child of the Heavens--Guardianship
Chiku Awali African Dance, Arts & Culture, Inc. Spring Valley, New York