Upcoming Events

African Drum and Dance Workshop with Open Circle Cultural Activities Center  

Friday, October 19, 2018
7:00 p.m.; Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, 2nd Floor
$15 General Admission; $10 for Friends of Textiles members and Florida Tech faculty, staff & students.

Join Open Circle instructors for evening exploring West African rhythms!

Participants will begin with an introduction to the traditional West African drum and instruction in the basic patterns for each drum in the djembe orchestra. After a brief intermission, participants will learn about the origin and purpose of traditional West African dance, followed by a warm-up, and practice of steps. Guests are encouraged to join both portions of the workshop. All materials will be provided. In addition, Open Circle will offer drums, lappas (wrap skirts), and other cultural items for purchase in the mezzanine during the workshop. Cash bar.

Suggested Attire: Ladies should wear t-shirt, leggings, and wrap skirt. Gentlemen should wear t-shirt and comfortable bottoms allowing for movement.

Reservations required and can be made here. Availability is limited.



Friends of Textiles Lecture Series

“A Brief History of Kanga Cloth, East Africa’s Printed Textile” by Dr. MacKenzie Moon Ryan, Rollins College

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Reception 5:15 p.m.; Lecture 6 p.m.
Denius Student Center, Hartley Room
$10, FREE for Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students

Join us for an illustrated lecture by MacKenzie Moon Ryan, Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Art History at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Florida in 2013 and 2008 respectively and has twice studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

Ryan’s research focuses on global networks of trade, African textiles and fashion -- especially kanga cloth -- and consumption of commodities. She has published articles and essays on the history of kanga cloth and serves as an editor of the scholarly journal, African Arts (distributed by MIT Press).

She teaches a broad range of courses in Art History, including courses on African art, global art, the history of fashion, and museum studies. She is particularly interested in textiles, fashion, trade, colonialism, cross-cultural exchange, and the collection and display of artworks.


Select programming made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation for Brevard.

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