UNDER THE BAOBOB TREE IS CURRENTLY ON HIATUS!
Jambo BloomBars family! I am Iya and I have been inspiring, educating, and empowering young people for over 15 years.
Today, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be joining the BloomU team of instructors with a new weekly program “Under the Baobab Tree.”
Starting August 1st (and every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm thereafter), we’ll take parents, caregivers and children under age 5 on a musical and educational journey that will cross continents, languages and cultures.
But first let me tell you a little about myself. In addition to being a mother of a 4 and 5-year-old and a Master Teaching Artist, I currently serve as a Master Educator for DC Public Schools (DCPS) where I provide instructional support to teachers. As a seasoned educator, I use the arts to promote critical thinking, character development, cooperative work and creativity. I also use the arts to support core-curriculum subjects such as reading, mathematics, science and history — making learning fun!
I am also the owner of Kuumba Kids,™ an innovative developer and provider of educational programs and materials for children, and co-founder of the non-profit “The Baobab Tree Foundation.” Over the years, I have had wonderful opportunities to work professionally as a songwriter, producer and vocalist. My first children’s CD, “Ooh Kuumba!” will be available at BloomBars.
My first experience at BloomBars was filling in for David Greenfieldboyce and his weekly Friday program “Songs, Stories and Puppets.” I was in awe of the beautiful and engaged children and genuine sense of community that’s been created. I felt at home. Now I can’t to meet all of you!
Until soon, keep blooming!
Bashea “Iya” Imana