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A child’s unique gift is directly related to what she or he loves to do. Kuumba cultivates that love through interactive exposure to nature, music, dance, visual arts, creative sciences, technology and games that spark imagination and delight.‍‍‍

About  Kuum‍‍‍ba

About K‍‍‍‍‍‍uumba

Who we ar‍‍‍e‍‍‍:

Kuumba-In-Motion KUUMBA Summer Camp utilizes the KUUMBA Method of Learning through Creativity, Fun and Discovery The real learning begins as we discover the gift that we each came to know, refine, and to share with the world.

1.   We believe that it is important for a child to discover what he/she came to bring to the world.

2.   We believe that what a child came to bring to the world will be divinely related to what he loves to do.

3.  We believe that the more exposure anyone has to Nature, the Arts and Creative Sciences by means of fun-filled hands on interactive-activities, out of doors play and field trips to places that spark the imagination; the happier and more inspired the child will be.

4.   We believe that inspiration activates potential and that a true education will reveal and hone the true potential in the child; and that the child will then be encouraged to bring his or her mighty gifts to the world.

What‍‍‍ we‍‍‍ are:

Kuumba-In-Motion is a 501 c3 non-profit public charity founded in 2009 by Rickie Byars Beckwith along with an impressive intergenerational community of artists who create and support seminars and learning opportunities that inspire greater joy and well being into the hearts and minds of students, teachers, children and their families. Many of our participants are from underserved communities in Greater Los Angeles.  Now in our seventh year of Summer Camps we are in enthusiastic preparation for daily fun-filled excursions to various locations, but also for adventures that will bring the world to our doorstep through the explorations of art, foods, music and stories of people who live in Los Angeles but have immigrated from around the world. This will be a camp to remember as our campers discover some of the ways that folks from Senegal, Ghana, Japan, Italy and of course… Mexico, do what they do. Sign up NOW!

Spaces go fast We don’t need a plane! We have (KUUMBA Bus) Felicia and (KUUMBA Van) Vanessa that will roll through Greater Los Angeles discovering how folks do what they do. Celebrate the summer with us for four dynamic weeks of KUUMBA SUMMER CAMP.

Who we serve:

Kuumba-In-Motion is a 501 c3 non-profit public charity founded in 2009 by Rickie Byars Beckwith along with an impressive intergenerational community of artists who create and support seminars and learning opportunities that inspire greater joy and well being into the hearts and minds ‍‍‍of students, teachers, children and their families. Many of our participants are from underserved communities in Greater Los Angeles.  Now in our seventh year of Summer Camps we are in enthusiastic preparation for daily fun-filled excursions to various locations, but also for adventures that will bring the world to our doorstep through the explorations of art, foods, music and stories of people who live in Los Angeles but have immigrated from around the world. This will be a camp to remember as our campers discover some of the ways that folks from Senegal, Ghana, Japan, Italy and of course… Mexico, do what they do. ‍‍‍

Our vision is to creating lasting memories that will continue to expose our students to as many wonderful things as possible in order‍‍‍ to positively influence their lives for years to come.

We primarily serve youth who flourish in an atmosphere of alternative, experiential modalities of education. While academic excellence is a high priority, of equal importance is that children learn tolive as kind and respectful individuals who discover and use their gifts and talents in ways thattruly contribute to the world.

Our Mission:

Our MissionKuumba Shule is an innovative learning academy that nurtures the creative genius within children…by inviting them to participate in an education centered on their unique way of learning. We primarily serve youth who flourish in an atmosphere of alternative, experiential modalities of education. While academic excellence is a high priority, of equal importance is that children learn to live as kind and respectful individuals who discover and use their gifts an‍‍‍d talents in ways that truly contribute to the world. We believe that inspiration activates potential and that a real education will reveal and hone the true potential in the child.

Where we work

Kuumba In Motion Expressing Transformation ( KIMET ) is‍‍‍ a mobile creative experience for the  youth of Inglewood, Watts, Culver City, and Santa Monica & their families created from a shared dream and vision to fill our communities with the joy‍‍‍ of creating. Our purpose is to celebrate the unity of life through a fun-filled expression of Art, Music, Math and Movement, grounded in mutual respect and embodying the universal laws of nature and how all things work together for the good of each of us and the "whole".

Our UN-curricul‍‍‍um is organic and evolving

It emanates from the student’s interests and the teachers gifts. Language, writing, math and science are woven into our daily activities. Our experiences over the course of six years have shown us the value of allowing children to be children. We provide the space for students to discover, and create agendas that revolve around their interests and their way of learning. This methodology allows the children to live fully and joyfully in the world, with a greater acceptance of who they are and ‍‍‍wit‍‍‍h a profound respect for others.

How we w‍‍‍ork

Our M‍‍‍us‍‍‍ic

Celebra‍‍‍ting creativity through music production‍‍‍

These songs were written and performed by Kuumba Summer Campers and Camp Guides during the years of 2012–2017.This compilation is a remarkable example of our joyful and creative process as we traveled on the bus.

We had fun, made friends and learned a lot on our incredible daily field trips throughout Greater Los Angeles.What a way to celebrate life, having fun under the sun.

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