AKUA FEMI KOUYATE co-founded Memory of African Culture (MAC) Inc. with her late husband, Diali Djimo Kouyate in 1983. As the current president and director of MAC, Inc. Akua Kouyate oversees special project initiatives as the songbook/CD compilation "Donkilo: Songs of Manding Traditions," and other African performing arts educational resource materials for educators serving K-12 and university level students. Kouyate presents at conferences and conducts lectures, seminars, workshops, residencies, teaching artist trainings and international cultural education excursions for the study of African and African Diaspora arts expressions.
Akua Femi Kouyate is the Senior Director, Education at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA where she oversees all of Wolf Trap's Education programs. She first joined Wolf Trap in 2001 serving formerly as the Associate Director and later as the Director of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts DC/MD/VA Regional Program. Akua Kouyate has led program development and implementation for major Wolf Trap Education initiatives including the Wolf Trap Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts, a multi-year initiative funded through a $1.15 million grant under the U.S. Department of Education Arts In Education Model Development and Dissemination Grant Program.
Prior to joining Wolf Trap Foundation, Kouyate worked as an administrator, educator, and professional artist with arts and disability organizations and governments agencies including Memory of African Culture, Inc., United Cerebral Palsy/UCP, the National Endowment for the Arts, Library of Congress and Young Audiences D.C. Chapter. She has served as a grants review panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and other state and local arts agencies and regularly presents at national and international conferences on arts education. She also has served as a Lecturer in Dance Major Programs of Howard University, University of Maryland, American University and George Mason University.
Kouyate holds a Master of Arts Degree in Art Management and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performing Arts: Dance from American University, and is a recipient of a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Award. She has conducted postgraduate and independent research on African Cultural Studies at Howard University and in the countries of Mali, Senegal and the Gambia.
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