Cultural Collective: Capoeira with Children-Playing with Freedom

Organization Sponsor: Colletivo Cultural:Cultural Collective

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Program Description

Capoeira training sessions (song, dance and martial arts movements) integrate activities (drumming, stories, workshops) that explore the history of slavery with an emphasis on Canada and Brazil.

• Children perform as group for Ryerson Community School and additional community sites (performance as popular education) - Capoeira, drumming, oral presentations and storytelling.
• Participants develop, organize and implement interactive performances that highlight Toronto heritage (and other) sites that are relevant to the history of slavery.

Funding Sources: 

The Province of Ontario, Ministry of Citizenship and Heritage is a generous supporter of the initiative.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Using the knowledge gained through their participation in program development and implementation, children work with the facilitator to
identify and learn about African, Brazilian, Caribbean and Canadian people and places relevant to the history of slavery.
The program fosters peaceful conflict resolution, peace building, leadership, trust development, emotional awareness, creativity and non- verbal and verbal communication skills.
Children and youth are physically active, sing in Brazilian Portuguese, develop language skills and play Afro-Brazilian and Pan-African musical
instruments (Berimbau-single-stringed acoustic instrument a, various sizes of drums, Pandeiro-tambourine, agogo, reco reco etc.).

Impact Of Program: 

Currently 30+children and youth (ages 5-12 years) and parents are involved and additional participation is occurring.
• Minimum 500+ neighborhood community members are interactive participants for performances as popular education.
Children, youth and parents have shared the following feedback:
• “ I love Capoeira.” (Mario, age 10 years, during first Capoeira class of Fall 2007)
• “ The kids love the program so much, please bring it back for next year.”
(Kelly, mom of Gabriel, age 10 years, who has been a member and performer since Spring 2007)
• “ The kids have been emailing me about how great their summer has been performing Capoeira all over Toronto, in Kensington Market for Pedestrian Sundays, for the Chinatown Festival and at Central Technical High School for their Multi-Cultural Festival.

Evaluation Tools: 

Children, youth and parents have shared the following feedback:
• “ I love Capoeira.” (Mario, age 10 years, during first Capoeira class of Fall
2007)
• “ The kids love the program so much, please bring it back for next year.”
(Kelly, mom of Gabriel, age 10 years, who has been a member and performer since Spring 2007)
• “ The kids have been emailing me about how great their summer has been performing Capoeira all over Toronto, in Kensington Market for Pedestrian Sundays, for the Chinatown Festival and at Central Technical High School
for their Multi-Cultural Festival. My former grade 3 students and Capoeira kids Tara, Jesse and Katie are so excited for Capoeira in the Fall of 2007
at Ryerson School.” (Lead Grade 3 teacher at Ryerson Community School for Capoeira in the classroom Spring 2007)
• “Let’s organize a girls only Capoeira class so that me, my daughters and the other young Muslim girls at the school will have a space to practice.”
(Tara, mom of Abdur, Sakinna and Sabika, ages 9, 10 and 4)

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Participants explore visual arts, improvisation, dance, gymnastics, self- defense, cultural identity, children’s rights, community building and decision making.
• Opportunities are provided to perform for community, mentor other children and youth and develop skills to cope with emotions with respect for self and others.
• Participants are able to grasp and articulate the historical impacts of slavery.
“ I love Capoeira.” (Mario, age 10 years, during first Capoeira class of Fall 2007)
• “ The kids love the program so much, please bring it back for next year.”
(Kelly, mom of Gabriel, age 10 years, who has been a member and performer since Spring 2007)
• “ The kids have been emailing me about how great their summer has been performing Capoeira all over Toronto, in Kensington Market for Pedestrian Sundays, for the Chinatown Festival and at Central Technical High School for their Multi-Cultural Festival. My former grade 3 students and Capoeira kids Tara, Jesse and Katie are so excited for Capoeira in the Fall of 2007
at Ryerson School.” (Lead Grade 3 teacher at Ryerson Community School for Capoeira in the classroom Spring 2007)
• “Let’s organize a girls only Capoeira class so that me, my daughters and
the other young Muslim girls at the school will have a space to practice.”
(Tara, mom of Abdur, Sakinna and Sabika, ages 9, 10 and 4)

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Getting kids to try something new.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Started in 2006 and is currently delivering programming at Ryerson Community School

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