After School Anthropology

After school is special time for youth to explore their interests, build relationships and have enriching experiences outside of the school day curriculum. In our anthropology classes youth learn about culture, tolerance and history while having fun engaging in arts based projects. We currently operate in five local schools: PS 10, PS 32, PS 58, PS 172 & Leman Prep.

Interested in bringing our workshops to your after school? We customize our courses to fit into your existing after school structure. Classes can be for 60 or 90 minutes, grades K-5. Contact us via email: info@voicesadvance.com. We offer free demo classes for new program partners.

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Emperors & Dragons

Investigate cultural artifacts and folktales from Chinese emperors. Learn all about Dragons! Stories of Female Empresses! Jade Artifacts! and The Hungry Ghost Festival. 

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Aztec & Mayan Artifacts

Discover the history of Indigenous Mexico by making connections with the region's ancient past and the communities of today. Learn about the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl, create your own Mayan Codex, design some Alebrijes (Oaxacan animal sculptures) or your own Guatemalan textiles.

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Cultural Traditions of india & Pakistan

Tour the vast cultural riches of South Asia by exploring Henna Designs, Rangoli Mosaics, Hindu Mythology, Pakistani Truck Art and a enjoy a culminating color party celebrating the festival of color and love!

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What does a typical Anthropology class look like?

Youth enter the classroom and form a community circle. Circles are an important aspect of our democratic, community based culture. In circle, all youth and adults sit on the floor and are considered equal and all voices are important. The educator will then introduce the topic of study by sharing colorful photos that youth may touch, examine and question. After ideas are shared, students then choose an activity area to work on while traditional music plays. Books and extensions are always an option. At the close of class, students work together for community clean up and closing circle. In closing circle we show our work, share ideas and give each other shout outs. 

What does Anthropology class sound like?

One of the most important aspects of learning to be an anthropologist is learning to speak like one! From the first day of class, youth learn language that will help them talk about difference. Youth in our class work changing judgments into questions. Instead of staying "that is weird!" we say "I wonder why that person is wearing that?" instead of saying "that's gross!" we say "that is different". 

What does an Anthropology class feel like?

Our class is a community and everyone is equal. Every student's ideas are important and valued. We often work together on collaborative projects to make jewelry, give presentations and teach back new knowledge. We close every unit by celebrating our time together, sharing what we learned and how we have grown.

What about academics?

Anthropologists are learning all the most important 21st century skills in every class! They are problem solving, thinking critically, practicing social emotional skills, collaborating and presenting their work. They are also learning some serious content! How many elementary students can name language spoken in Pakistan (Urdu) or the elements of ancient pueblo pottery design?