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Junior League ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ – Workshop and African Dance

April 9, 2022

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Register for African Mask Workshop


The Junior League and the Pelham Public schools are proud to present this event related to the book ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. The story is about a young boy in Malawi who was forced to drop out of school after a terrible famine. He continued to learn by visiting the village library and he became determined to improve the lives of the people in his community by building a windmill. He succeeded and was able to bring electricity and water to his village.



1pm – 2pm: African Mask Art Workshop            with Mecca Alim 

Create a beautiful mask with patterns inspired by the incredible country of Malawi! Use feathers, mixed media, glitter, and sequins to make them sparkle, colorful and detailed as much as your heart desires. 

Fee: $10 [Pre-Registration for Workshop is Required]

Located inside Pelham Art Center studio






1pm: African Dance                                                by The Coleman Teen Dance Company

A 3 minute African Dance Piece inspired by the book.

FREE to Attend

Located outside in Pelham Art Center courtyard

About CTDC: The Coleman Teen Dance Company is an award winning student company that has performed all over the east coast including Lincoln Center (NYC), Lyndon Institute (VT), The Palace (CT), and is one of the few companies invited to be part of the Artists for World Peace at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. The dancers are also acclaimed by the International Dance Council and UNESCO. Learn more at



2pm – 3pm: African Drum and Dance Workshop with VashtiDance Theater

This is an open level, fundamental workshop in African percussion and dance traditions. The workshop will focus on community engagement inspired by harvest celebrations and will feature movement and rhythms that have been preserved through oral tradition that tell the story of planting, harvest, community, and cooperation. Participants will learn both the rhythms and movements and build a sense of community through collaboration and celebration.

FREE to Attend

Located outside in Pelham Art Center courtyard




See more information about Junior League’s series Pelham Harnesses the Wind at