Kendra J. Ross

The Sankofa Residency
Artistic Discipline: Multidisciplinary
Category: Charlene Victor & Ella J. Weiss Cultural Entrpreneur Fund
Grant Year: 2021
Location: Bedford-Stuyvesant

The Sankofa Residency is a multi-phase project that is both rooted in history and an afro-futurist imagining moving forward. Taking the Ghanian concept of Sankofa-looking backwards in order to move forward-this project uses research, oral history, and facilitation to devise a collaborative imagining for moving to the future from a place of healing, thriving, and progress. In collaboration with local businesses, organizations, and residents each iteration of the residency will culminate in an interdisciplinary, site-specific immersive dance experience that transforms a partnering business into a living gallery of the past, present and future of that business placed in the context of the journey of its location. The exhibit’s goal is to share lessons, resources, make connections for mutual growth and invite those in attendance to envision and work towards a thriving community.