A safe place or place of refuge — in the Kissi language of Guinea, West Africa.

Kissidugu Foundation is committed to creating sustainable and equitable opportunities for individuals and communities, through civic dialogue, education, environmental & cultural preservation and the perpetuation of Guinean music and dance.

Register HERE for February 2021 Programs in Crested Butte, CO

Black History Month Celebration: West African Cultural Enrichment Residency To celebrate and honor Black History Month and equity in the arts this February, the Center for the Arts + the Kissidugu Foundation will collaborate to bring renowned artist and educator Fara Tolno , from Guinea, West Africa, to the Gunnison Valley for a three-week, valley-wide cultural enrichment residency. This includes all-level, community classes at the Center for the Arts in traditional Guinean dance and drumming, Afro-fusion classes, DunDun dance class, ongoing adult classes, and drum and dance classes for kids. The ongoing adult classes will culminate in a community performance piece that will be a part of a virtual performance. The benefits of live music, cultural interaction and exchange, and body movements, along with education and song, provides community members of all ages a rich experience that promotes and increases wellness and unity. The arts are a positive source to combat the negative effects of these difficult times of isolation, fear, civil unrest, and injustice.


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  • Guinea opens your heart and breaks your heart on the daily. I am so thankful to be able to do this work, study with our amazing master artists the rich dance, music and culture, be blessed and be a blessing.

    Michál Anna Carrillo Director, Lava Roots Dance
  • I've been to Guinea three times prior to this, and this is by far the best trip I have been on! Fara Tolno is truly a master teacher, I'm loving it.

    Dan Graetz Australia


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