Queen Ann Nzinga Center hosting Hispanic Heritage Month celebration

Published on Tuesday, 6 September 2022 16:31
Written by Ciara Hooks


PLAINVILLE – The Queen Ann Nzinga Center is hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and open house on Saturday, Sept. 24.

“As we recover from this pandemic, it is important now more than ever to encourage dreamers to dream beyond society’s expectations,” said Dayna Snell, founder and executive director. “Many of our young people have suffered during this time of widening health disparities. Our organization is built on the belief that every young person can reach their fullest potential if we kindle the flame that will light the path toward their brightest visions.”

All are welcomed to head over to the Norton Park Pavilion in Plainville from 1-4 p.m. for food, music, dancing, games and learning.

“The Queen Ann Nzinga Center invites people of all ages, races, cultures and faiths to attend this open house to learn more about Watoto, the organization’s main youth empowerment program,” Snell said. “I am excited to watch these beautiful youth become incredible, productive citizens.”

QANC’s Watoto program, which meets once a week and is for children and youth ages 5 to 17, engaging them in fun activities infused with arts and social justice.

The Watoto program started in 1990 and uses the arts and an Afro-centric based model (the seven principles of Kwanzaa) to foster a strong positive self-image in children and youth. The focus of the program is to help the participants develop strong values, gain an appreciation of their culture, learn about their rich heritage and understand culture diversity. These principles are then used to develop the highlight of the program which is a Kwanzaa performance held in a local venue for family, friends and community members. The Kwanzaa Celebration is a multi-generational performance held the last week of December each year.

Queen Ann Nzinga Center is looking for volunteers for the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration to help with donating snacks, registering and recruiting participants and volunteer coordination.

For more information on the Queen Ann Nzinga Center and how you can join visit qanc.org or email qancinc@gmail.com

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Tuesday, 6 September 2022 16:31. Updated: Tuesday, 6 September 2022 16:34.