The Center for the Performing Arts will host a cultural exchange between youth dancers from State College and Uganda when the Spirit of Uganda dance ensemble visits Penn State for a March 13 performance. Students from the State College Area School District who participate in Roots of Life, a multicultural performance ensemble founded and directed by Kikora Franklin, assistant professor of dance, and members of Spirit of Uganda, which includes youth age 11-21, will share training techniques and discuss how the arts have changed their lives.
While the cultural exchange on March 12 is not open to the public, community members are invited to a brown-bag lunch at noon on Tuesday, March 13, featuring representatives of Empower African Children. The event will take place in the Eisenhower Auditorium Conference Room and seating is limited. Speakers will include Alexis Hefley, Empower African Children founder and president; Peter Kasule, Spirit of Uganda artistic director; Peter Mugga, Empower African Children scholarship student; and Rukia Nalwoga, Empower African Children secondary school teacher.
Spirit of Uganda is from East Africa. The members act as ambassadors for Uganda’s 2.4 million orphans, promoting awareness of Uganda’s two largest crises, AIDS and civil war, through an exciting cultural performance. The public performance is at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in Eisenhower Auditorium. For more information on Spirit of Uganda or to buy tickets, click here.