Hamidou Koivogui and Gregory Acker team-teach West African drum and dance residencies and educational workshops for K-12 students, university classes, and offer professional development for teachers and team-building for business groups. The Kentucky Center's ArtsRise Program includes their work as part of the Bearing Witness Holocaust Education Program, as well as for teacher and administrative professional development sessions. Both artists are affiliated with Arts for All Kentucky (arts for students with disabilities and their peers), and they have received support from the Fund for the Arts, Alternate ROOTs, the Arts Council of Louisville, IdeasXLab, JCTC, and numerous independent schools (Montessori, church schools) and community groups interested in learning about and experiencing West African music and dance. Depending on funding, additional Kuvebo! members are invited to perform and present.

ArtsRise/Kentucky Performing Arts

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SOUND COMMUNITY teaching artists Hamidou Koivogui and Gregory Acker worked for many years with the Kentucky Center's Arts-in-Healing Program, which provided participatory arts-in-healing activities in treatment centers, hospitals, recovery programs, and alternative schools.

Regular locations for drum and dance included: VoA Men's Program, VA hospital lobby and treatment units, Home of the Innocents, Nazareth Home, Centerstone Children's Crisis Stabilization Unit, The Brook at Dupont. 

These workshops are generally not open to the public unless specifically advertised.


Kentucky Performing Arts

(these programs are currently hibernating...

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