Arts and Music
While the Bridge Program’s core academics provide students with a strong foundation for pursuing vocational employment and academic advancement, the arts-based component of our curriculum promotes creativity and a unique chance for students to express themselves in their daily lives. It is our hope that the school, as a center for the arts, will foster artistic advancement in the region and make students more aware of the arts in their own culture. Visitors to the school can view and learn about student art projects, as well as share their own artistic abilities with curious Ghanaian students.
Kente weaving has been, and continues to be, a popular artistic offering at the Trinity Yard School. Kente weaving is an ancient indigenous method in which thread is set on a loom and woven into strips that are later sewn together into larger tapestries. These cloths are used for ceremonial events and differ in color and design depending on the region, tribe, and chiefdom. The Kente program at Trinity Yard School began three years ago. Formerly led by Promise Badu, son of a master Kente weaver in the Volta region of Ghana, the Kente program is now led by James “Niifio” Awotwe, a 2012 TYS graduate and friend of all Yard visitors. The Kente program brings a different aspect of Ghanaian culture to the School’s isolated region, allowing students to learn an ancient art that they would never have been able to access otherwise.
The Bridge Program also includes a Batik/Tie-and-Die course taught by Bizmark Cudjoe, a 2011 TYS graduate and aspiring Batik artisan. The course focuses on the various techniques used in the production of Batik and Tie-and-Die fabrics and is structured so that most of the learning is hands-on through practical experimentation. Students learn to design and carve their own wood and foam stamps and produce high quality material.
Drum and Dance
Trinity Yard also offers drum and dance instruction to our students, who then join visiting student groups in exploring this vibrant aspect of Ghanaian culture. When student groups from abroad finish their stay at the school, volunteers and students proudly perform their finished collaboration as an expression of farewells and mutual appreciation. This cultural exchange is a key aspect of our curriculum – visiting volunteers and Trinity Yard students are able to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers through the universal medium of song and dance.