2019 Plans || Our 2019 Teaching Artists


In late June 2019, Zara Aina teaching artists will — once again — travel 1,100 miles from NYC to Wilcox County, Alabama to work with the amazing kids at BAMA Kids, Inc.

After 7 years of partnership, Zara Aina and BAMA Kids are innovating once again–this year, Zara Aina will present a series of multidisciplinary arts workshops, in collaboration with BAMA Kids. A team of 8 teaching artists will bring percussion, music production, dance, slam poetry, and theater workshops to the kids and young people, ages 7-18. As in past years, the work the BAMA Kids generate will be presented in a Community Jam at the end of the residency.

We are so excited to be expanding and diversifying the artistic disciplines available to BAMA Kids. In the past, students expressed interest in areas beyond theater, and this year, we are so proud to say, “We hear you!” This bespoke week of programming is also built around honoring themes of Identity and Liberation, and in celebration of Juneteenth, the American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States. We are thrilled to engage with new skills and artistic practices, taught by specialized professionals, and hope the BAMA Kids continue to develop these skills even after we leave.

About BAMA Kids
Since 1993, BAMA Kids, Inc. is to improve the well-being – emotionally, educationally and physically, of youth by combining structured life skills, educational and recreational activities, developing and promoting leadership and involvement of youth and their parents, and by providing life skills to prevent violence, substance abuse, and other harmful activities.

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Watch a video recap of our 2018 trip, during which we created a fully original production featuring the BAMA Kids and several community groups.

Watch a video where 2 BAMA Kids explain what BAMA Kids and Zara Aina mean to them.

Read the Progressive Era’s editorial piece about our 2017 performance and what our week with the kids meant to this community.

Please make a tax deductible donation and help us get back to Wilcox County!

If you would like your donation to be in honor or in memory of someone, please enter your donation amount and click on your preferred donation method. You will then be able to enter  the name and email address of your honoree in the “Donation in honor of (name & email)” field. We will send them an email and certificate to let them know that you have made a generous donation in their name.

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If you prefer to use a check for your donation, it can be made out to “Zara Aina, Inc.” Please put “BAMA Kids” in the memo line.

Mail your check to:

Zara Aina, Inc.
P.O. Box 1199
New York, NY 10009