It has not been uncommon in my research to find museums that make exhibits about different countries, particularly popular parts of Europe and Asia. However, I have yet to discover anything that is related to Africa or African countries - until I reached the Sankofa children’s museum. This museum is in Baltimore, Maryland and it has a project that is run by a woman called Esther K. Armstrong who works to encourage a welcoming and appreciative love of other cultures. She is a Ghanaian born citizen of the US and has lived in Maryland for 30 years. She first started experimenting with Black History Month by bringing Africa to groups of young people in elementary schools and she was met with so much positive feedback she decided to run her own museum. Students and teachers can learn about the past and present African cultures and the different aspects of their cultures, such as musical instruments, dressing up, tribal art, personal artistry and oral storytelling. The museum was built around four different regions of the continent of Africa; North, South, East, and West and explore the different countries and the varying environments and lifestyles. It explores the different ethnicities and cultures of the areas and different kinds of interactive arts that encompass this part of the world. This exposure to other cultures, that are non-Western can create a more accepting and diversified atmosphere, as well as foster an interest into other cultures.
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