Entries by Erika Hill


Thiossane Institute Annual Concert in Dance May 20, 2017, 730p. Lincoln Theatre , Columbus, Ohio, We brought to the stage the adaptation of  Kirikou and The Sorceress and presented the traditional initiation of our high school graduate, Ami “Yamina” Kounta Thiossane West African Dance Institute invited to perform at Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, New York, in the celebration tribute […]

My First Thiossane Performance

Like many American citizens with African ancestry, I have (at least) an indirect connection with the region of West Africa. Whether historic, symbolic, or current, my cultural heritage echoes the crashing waters of the shores, the sensory stimuli of the interior, and the enduring legacy of the people. As a child I learned traditional dance […]

African Dance: Art in Motion

  May 1st through May 31st Opening Reception Thursday, May 7, 2015 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Gallery / Artist Talk Sunday, May 24, 2015 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Learn More

Bring the Beat Back

This is a story 30 years in the making, so get comfortable. Circa 1984, I moved with my parents and younger brothers to Columbus from Canton, OH. In the process of getting to know the city, becoming involved in the African-American community, and building a cultural experience for my upbringing, my mother took me to […]

She Makes It Beautiful Features Suzan Bradford Kounta

“I wanted to create a career from my passion. I am fueled when I can provide or create opportunities that allow people to grow through their creativity.” –Suzan Bradford-Kounta The Phoenix Rising Collective (PRC) provides self-esteem education that inspires and empowers personal growth and change in the lives of women and girls through self-development workshops, […]

Heart of Africa

As the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium conducted research in developing the components of the new Heart of Africa exhibit, Programming Staff contacted the Thiossane Institute to inquire about our education programs and how the exhibit and the Institute could forge a partnership. After a year of creating the program, Thiossane Institute became the education and entertainment component […]