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Performance at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center
Sep
10
2:00 PM14:00

Performance at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center

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Nzinga's Daughter's will be performing at Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center. Learn more about their event below:

"A special event to open the 2017-2018 retreat season is Nzinga’s Daughters’ Underground Railroad Performance.

Deacon Art Miller will MC this exciting event.

We are excited to present this program because Farmington, Connecticut is known historically as the “Grand Central Station” of the Underground Railroad. However, too often the story of the Underground Railroad is told from a white perspective.

This program invites the audience to experience the creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance employed by African-American slaves in their efforts to shepherd runaway slaves to safety.  Because slaves were prohibited from learning to read or write, they developed an elaborate system of communication which included embedding coded messages into the verses of Negro spirituals.

Nzinga’s Daughters will present poignant vignettes of struggle and oppression to engage the audience.

Nzinga’s Daughters is a five woman performance ensemble that fosters appreciation of a multicultural society and deepens public understanding of the history and cultural achievements of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Free will offering.

Please help us plan by using the form here to register for this event or call 860.677.8519 to let us know you plan to attend."

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Open House QANC
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

Open House QANC

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Queen Ann Nzinga Center to Host Open House for Children & Teens & Will have a Booth at the New Britain’s Main Street USA

NEW BRITAIN ­­– The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc., which provides arts enrichment activities for children and teens ages 5 to 17, is accepting new participants.

The Queen Ann Nzinga Center promotes positive youth development among children of all races and abilities throughout Connecticut, but primarily to children in the greater Plainville, Berlin, Bristol and New Britain area. The Center offers educational and performance-based programs to children and youth throughout the school year.  The programs are designed to build self-esteem, enhance life skills and foster creativity in an environment that celebrates diversity and provides inter-generational mentoring.

The Center will have a booth at New Britain’s Main Street USA Saturday September 9, 2017 from  12 – 5 in Walnut Hill Park. Children, teens and their parents a chance to learn more about the Center and its programs, sample games and sign up for the program.  In addition An Open House, will be held at Trinity on Main on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m., 19 Chestnut St., New Britain. Children and teens will get a sampling of the kinds of activities they can expect, including snacks, creative arts, games and fun.

In addition to the fun, program staff will be available at both locations to answer question and sign up for the program.  Information for QANC Volunteer and student community learning hours are also available for students. An information table will allow visitors the opportunity to learn about the program, its goals and accomplishments.  Everyone will be invited to meet current participants, teachers and mentors.

Tuition is modest and based on a sliding scale. No one is turned away because of inability to pay. Children and teens of all abilities are welcome.  Center Programs include the Nzinga’s Watoto, PRIDE and the Male Mentor Program, and participants meet on Saturday afternoons.

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Nzinga's Daughters perform at Juneteenth
Jun
6
1:30 PM13:30

Nzinga's Daughters perform at Juneteenth

Nzinga's Daughters perform at the New Britain Museum of American Art Juneteenth Celebration. The event is free, learn more.

"For the last 17 years, the Museum has celebrated Juneteenth with a night filled with art, comedy, music, and, of course, Juneteenth Punch. This year we will open the celebration to all ages, with programming for children, families, and adults at a commemorative Community Day, featuring FREE admission all day! The rich history of Juneteenth will be honored with food from Hartford’s Black Eyed Sally’s, performances by Grace Church Choir and Queen Ann Nzinga Center of New Britain, special workshops by Karima Robinson and Renée Soares (preregistration is required, please see below for more details), and more.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, dating from June 19, 1865 when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation (first issued on January 1, 1863) finally reached America’s Confederate South. The holiday honors and celebrates the integral impact African Americans have had on our country’s history, typically by way of cultural parades, fairs, festivals, cookouts, and historical reenactments."

 

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Documentary Film and Betty Harris Concert
Nov
26
8:30 PM20:30

Documentary Film and Betty Harris Concert

Join us for a special sneak peek of Bang! The Bert Berns Story, at the Wadsworth Atheneum which tells the story of 1960s American songwriter and record producer Bert Berns. The documentary is narrated by Steven Van Zandt and includes interviews with Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Ben E. King, Ron Isley, and Cissy Houston. 2016. 96 min. USA. Not Rated.

“One of the great untold stories of Rock n’ Roll.” – Rolling Stone

Following the film, legendary soul singer Betty Harris (“Cry to Me”and “His Kiss”) will perform with the Mighty Soul Drivers.

A post-film Q&A will feature Bert Berns’ son, Brett Berns, who co-directed the film with Bob Sarles; Bert Burns’ daughter, Cassie Berns; producer Leo Feroleto; musician Kenny Hamber; and Betty Harris.

The event is planned in collaboration with Wadsworth Atheneum, Queen Ann Nzinga Center and the Six Summit Gallery.

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May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Learn How to Use Your Tax Dollars for Good

CT Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program helps nonprofits

 The Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. invites businesses and nonprofit organizations to an informational session on the state Department of Revenue Services' Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program. Businesses will learn how they can earn tax credit and invest in programs that support their communities by making cash donations to eligible nonprofit agencies.  Nonprofit organizations will learn how to become eligible for these benefits.

 Participants will:

  •  learn about the Connecticut Neighborhood Assistance Act Tax Credit Program;
  • meet a representative from the state Department of Revenue Services who will explain the program to nonprofits and businesses;
  • network with area businesses and nonprofits;
  • enjoy a light breakfast.

WHEN: May 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  CCSU Downtown New Britain branch. 185 Main St New Britain CT  
The Sikorsky room.

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Kwanzaa
Dec
27
4:00 PM16:00

Kwanzaa

Tickets: $15, general admission; $10, seniors and children (under 12).  Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday observed each winter, encourages the traditional values of family, community, responsibility, commerce and self-improvement. The celebration is open to people of all ages, races, cultures and faiths, and all are invited.


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Bring Change
Nov
13
8:30 AM08:30

Bring Change

Want to help us Bring Change? We’ll be at TD Bank on 178 Main St, New Britain, CT on Friday, November 13, raising funds for the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. Bring your loose change and cash it in at the Penny Arcade. TD Bank will help match coins counted as a contribution to our goal.

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Oct
10
1:00 PM13:00

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Please Join us for a celebration of Hispanic Culture and Heritage!

  •  Enjoy live music and performances featuring special musical guest Unique from Arkatex
  • Sample delicious foods (for free!)
  • Learn different Latin Dances from Frank Rende Jr of Arthur Murray Dance Studio
  • Games, crafts, story telling and more for kids of all ages
  • Win prizes and give aways!
  • FREE ADMISSION
  • bring your money for cash raffles and vendor booths
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Music from the African Diaspora
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Music from the African Diaspora

Queen Ann Nzinga Center, Inc. presents its annual Music from the African Diaspora concert at 7 p.m. on July 25 at the Theater for the Performing Arts at the Learning Corridor in Hartford. Nzinga's Daughters headlines the show, and other performers are Third Tabernacle Choir, Nzinga's Daughters R&B Band, Changes, Crystal Blue Project and the world-renowned soul singer Betty Harris. David Mayes, of Plainville, who mentors young vocalists in the Queen Ann Nzinga Center programs, will perform a solo. The free concert is geared to all ages, and children are welcome.

“We create a place for people to come together to sing, dance and experience the music.  We are all transformed – the artists, the audience, the community, the world. The show invites active audience participation,” said Dayna R. Snell, L.C.S.W., the concert’s musical director.  “Everyone wants in and we want everyone to be a part of this good time.”

This year, concert goers will enjoy a preview of Betty Harris performing with back-up singers she has mentoredfrom the Queen Ann Nzinga Center’s Watoto program. Two of them will be traveling to Spain this summer to perform with Harris at the Euro Ye Ye soul music festival, where Harris is the headliner. 

Doors to the theater at 359 Washington St. open at 6 p.m., and prior to the concert, artwork and photography will be sold at a silent auction to benefit the Queen Ann Nzinga Center’s youth arts and enrichment programs. 

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