The Norman Jordan African American Arts & Heritage Academy

     The NJAAAHA is excited to announce that we are currently planning our 2022 Summer Youth Arts & Heritage Academy.  This year, following all of the University’s health and safety guidelines, we will meet in person at West Virginia State University the week of July 11-16, 2022.   As always, the following artistic disciplines are being offered: Instrumental Music (keyboards, strings, horns, & percussion instruments), Vocal Music, Theater, Dance, Visual Arts, and Creative Writing, which include songwriting and hip-hop expressions.  In addition, artistry and creativity are supplemented with guest performers, associated field trips, cultural heritage activities, and opportunities to showcase individual and collective talents; all resulting in a well-rounded artistic experience. Please note that adjustments will be made to our program, if necessary, according to the status of Covid-19 at that time.  For more information, and to register for this year’s academy, contact Dr. Jordan (216) 290 -8564 or email using the subject “Academy Registration” to: download the registration application here

The Norman Jordan African American Arts & Heritage Academy (NJAAA&HA) offers students 13-18 years of age one week of concentrated study in the artistic discipline of their choice.  Workshops focus on vocal music, instrumental music (strings, horns, percussion including steel drums), theater, dance, creative writing (including hip-hop and basic song writing), visual arts, and arts technology.  Classes are supplemented by historical and cultural knowledge associated with students chosen art form. 

In the spring of 2021, We of course regretted having to cancel last year’s academy session and were looking forward to being able to conduct our program in our usual manner this summer.  However, as we observe the news and predictions for the coronavirus we can see that it will still not be safe to have an in-person, up close, program for our students, faculty, and staff this year.  Therefore, we have decided, and have begun planning a Virtual Academy this summer with the expectation that we will be able to get back to normal thereafter. 

 Our Virtual Academy will be conducted by our very well qualified and experienced faculty, and will take place over a four day period of time during the month of July, 2021.   The following artistic disciplines will be available for students to choose from:  Vocal music, Instrumental Music, Dance, Theater, and Creative Writing including Hip Hop.  In addition, artistic disciplines will be supplemented with performances and presentations by professional guest artists in each artistic genre as well as with cultural / heritage enrichment sessions that are associated with the art forms.  Students who desire will still be able to showcase their talents in the student Talent Show.  Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m., there will be a lunch break from 12:00 -1:00, and the day will end at 5:30 p.m.  

 We expect the Virtual Academy to be a very interesting and enjoyable experience for students.  Technology and technicians have provided us with this different way of learning during tough times and we all have collectively been motivated to expand our consciousness and creativity to meet the challenge.  We are still determined to address our mission of working with teenagers to enhance their individual talents, expose them to aspects of their cultural heritage, and aid their development into well rounded self-assured adults.  We feel that our mission is even more relevant today amidst the societal changes that have taken place and educational and learning problems associated with the pandemic.  It is a time when teenagers need to be inspired and have opportunities that encourage optimism and hope for the future.

We will soon have Registration forms available for the Virtual Academy on the academy website and by mail.  Also, while this letter is more of an informative communication rather than a fundraiser, please keep in mind that although our expenses will be less with a virtual academy because we won’t have residential housing and dining hall concerns, we will still have expenses associated with technology, faculty and guest artist honorariums, arts & craft supplies that will be mailed to students, etc.  So, your donations are still very much appreciated and remember that the academy is a 501c3 organization, which makes your donation tax-deductible. 

Your contribution to the Norman Jordan African American Arts & Heritage Academy

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Please send Donation to:                  Mrs. Linda Ealy

                                                          1402 First Ave.

                                                          Charleston, WV 25387

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I want to register my daughter but visual arts isn’t included on the registration sheet. Is it still going to be offered?

  2. I am interested in working with the staff. Previous experience at Camp Washington-Carver for four years with Adrienne Belafonte Beismeyer, Pamela Portier, Stan Spotswood, Beecher Chiles and others. Associations include Kanawha Players, Charleston Stage Company, Light Opera Guild, Fragle Works Productions and my own solo dramatizations. I have taught theater and creative writing.

  3. I Joseph Bundy, 0ne of the original members of the Academy. I wish to apply to be on the staff in some capacity in 2023

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