Kibibi Ajanku makes and presents ethnically charged art. Ajanku is known most broadly for her connection to Sankofa Dance Theater: the Baltimore-based performance company noted as a dance and drum troupe that features creativity drenched in the traditions of the historical Mali Dynasty. They convey new-world choreography and texture on the shoulders of the old-world authentic traditions of Africa. Ajanku attended Morgan State University, received an MFA in Curatorial Practice from Maryland Institute College of Art, and is a Coppin State University Fine Arts Professor. She has traveled the African Diaspora to study, teach and perform with many masters, and most recently spent time embedded in the Cuban arts and culture sector in the city of Havana entrenched in the dance, song and rhythm of the Orisha, as well as creating mosaic works inspired by the landscape. Ajanku believes that art is the perfect vehicle to move forward into greater intercultural awareness for the global community. As a result, she is continuously involved in programming that expands awareness, builds insight, and connects people.
Kibibi is this year's recipient of the Common Ground on the Hill Fine Arts and Crafts Award for Excellence in the Traditional Arts.
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