Afua Kouyate (she/her) is a teaching and performing artist specializing in cultural arts leadership, emphasizing therapeutic engagement (a holistic approach for inclusive interactions). Afua is the co-founder of Kouyaté Arts, a performance entity dedicated to the culture of the people of West Africa. As the Executive Director of Adefua Cultural Education Workshop (ACEW), a non-profit organization, she is viewed as one of Seattle’s treasures, a leader in the cultural arts sector, and dedicated to the community.
Afua is renowned for building educational pathways for youth and families for African cultural experiences. While based in Seattle, Afua presents a full year of community-based programming for all, including an annual educational 20-day excursion to Africa to study arts, history, and culture. By providing year-round cultural activities to the community, Afua also provides jobs and economic security to local performing artists.
Beyond the full-time scope of community programing, Afua’s commitments include:
⁃ 4Culture of King County, BOD
⁃ City of Seattle, Cultural Space Agency, Member
⁃ Seattle World Percussion Society, BOD
⁃ SE Seattle Rotary Club, BOD
⁃ Columbia Hillman Arts & Cultural District, Member
Afua has studied with educators from across the diaspora, including Senegal, Guinea, Ghana, Mali, Liberia, Congo, and more. Her passion is to build and create capacity for the next seven-plus generations. Her primary tool for therapeutic engagement is through choreographing African movements that heal, stimulate, and flow with the rhythms of the drums.