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Busboys and Poets Hyattsville
5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, Maryland 20781
A Fundraiser for the Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project (YWDEP)
This event will feature talented women and girls from 10 years of YWDEP programming.
YWDEP began in 2005 with a summer program meant to introduce girls to the West African djembe drum. The summer ended with 6 girls performing their own poems, spoken word pieces, songs, dance choreography and skits along with the drum beats they learned. Audiences were brought to their feet witnessing these girls' poise, intelligence, talent and power. YWDEP — meant to be just a one-time summer program — then became a 501c3 non-profit, running programs each summer, enrolling DC-based young women ages 10-18 to work with gifted Teaching Artists who mentor them in finding and expressing their VOICE. The djembe and dun-un drums act as a portal, drawing shy girls out of their shells and starting them down a path of self discovery and self expression.
This incredible program boats 10 years of Summer Enrichment Programs, graduating a total of 45 young women through an expressive arts rite of passage, beginning with the drum.
Join us to celebrate 10 years of successful programming, and the incredible talent of girls and women.
This event is meant to INSPIRE HOPE in HUMANITY, and to keep YWDEP and its sister programs running.