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11:00 am - Drums of the World

August 28, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Flow of the Day:

Morning Session (From 11am): Drum Exhibition, Self-guided tour, Documentary film screening, Q & A with Folake Phillips, Founder & Executive Director AWO (12noon-1pm)

Main Stage (2pm-4:30pm):

Storytelling by Japanese American drum ensemble SJ Taiko, African American and Yoruba Storytellers, Fun workshops for youth and families, Food & Dance

In the Yoruba culture of Nigeria, detailed messages could be sent by the Àyàn (i.e. drummer) from one village to the next faster than could be carried by a person riding a horse. The bending of the pitch of the drum was designed to replicate language that others hearing it would understand, and used to call people from far away to attend important cultural events. This Yoruba talking drum is a metaphor for AWỌ’s calling of people within hearing range to come and hear the stories of the diverse performers at these salon series talking about social justice, inclusion and community. Through the power of drumming, dancing and storytelling, and in honor of Nelson Mandela International Day, we will kick off on Saturday July 16, 2022 from 12noon-7pm with “Drums in the Park,” celebrating and amplifying the voices of women and girls having honest conversations about racism and the impact of skin color, social class, and ethnic cultures on their individual lives. Through engaging, cross-cultural conversations with youth and families, and with hands-on workshops, our goals for the HUEmanity Salon Series are to build local solidarity and inclusion while dismantling cultural silos.

AWỌ’s HUEmanity Salons Series is Sponsored by the Los Gatos Chamber of Commerce, Addison-Penzak JCC Los Gatos, NUMU, San Jose State University, and funded in part by Sereno, Los Gatos Community Foundation, Santa Clara County Division of Equity & Social Justice’s Community Engagement Mini Grant & Mama D 2nd Chance, Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos, County of Santa Clara Commission on the Status of Women and the Presbytery of San Jose.


Location: Auditorium | APJCC Outdoors


For more info: [email protected]



August 28, 2022
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Jewish Silicon Valley
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Addison-Penzak JCC
14855 Oka Road, Suite 201
Los Gatos, CA 95032 United States
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