DC’s Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project


My good friend and Founder/Executive Director of the Vibe Theatre Experience, Dana Edell, recently drew my attention to this powerful drumming group stationed in DC. Run by executive director Kristen Arant, the Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project, “strives to create a safe space for young women to build community, and to fearlessly express their authentic selves through drumming, spoken word poetry, song, movement and performance.”


Arant is a drummer herself and a performing artist living in Washington, DC and specializes in the West African Mandingue drumming tradition. She is the Founding Director of the Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project – a drumming, poetry and performance art empowerment group designed to build the confidence and self esteem of teen-aged girls living in the DC area.


For more on this incredible group go here: YWDEP

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