What’s Happening at Horace Mann??

 It has been a great and historical summer at the landmark Horace Mann building in our beloved Africatown-Central District!  Many people have been wondering what is going on so we thought it was important to share some highlights of the summer with you.

There is a diverse consortium of community based organizations and that have activated the space in amazing ways providing education enrichment, early childhood development and parent engagement, vocational training, mentoring programs, arts & music space, computer lab, great events and many other community development activities.

Currently the More 4 Mann Coalition is working with the Superintendent and school district, the city of Seattle and other stakeholders regarding maintaining continuity of these vital programs in Horace Mann building.

This Friday 8/23 will be the second to last installment of Movies Under the Moonlight at Mann starting after dusk.  Bring a blanket the family and come enjoy! Popcorn and snacks provided.


More 4 Mann report to community




Africatown Village Children’s Collective

(Mon-Thurs 11am-5:30 pm)

A Family Collective taking the responsibility of our children and the future of our community into our own hands. “It takes a village to raise a child.” The Village collective employs an African-centered educational approach focused on cultural competency, self-narration, and creating an environment which centralizes our humanity. This is a parent-led, community-supported collaboration and we as parents and community members have the first responsibility for the education and development of our children. Parents are expected to contribute time, energy, and resources to the process.



Al-Noor Academy of Arts & Sciences Summer Programs for Girls 

Mon-Thurs, 9am-2pm

Al-Noor Academy of Arts and Sciences is a middle school summer enrichment program providing a safe culturally relevant space for muslim girls. Al-Noor in Arabic translates to “The Light”. Our intials, ANAAS, also in Arabic translate to “humankind”. ANAAS cherishes the light in all girls for their benefit and for humankind. We offer a 6 week comprehensive program which offers four classes to girls ages 10-14:

  • Math+(hem+addicts)=mathematics! an art based approach to math studies,
  • Human Lights and Rights, an exploration of social justice through the humanities,
  • Conversational Arabic, and
  • Livin the Life Skills, a place to explore skills such as money managment, media awareness, conflict management, professional exposure, and more.



Photography/Video Studio Mon & Wed 5pm-6:30pm


It’s time to bring your stories to life with images and motion picture! This video production course focuses on learning the basics of photography & video production, including camera work, lighting, sound, editing and distribution. Works will be showcased on UPC-TV and a DVD will be put together showcasing the skills of the class.



Image Is Everything:

Tue & Thur 3pm-5pm

Image Is Everything promotes positive self images and esteem to young women while exposing them to careers in the fashion industry. Participants are introduced to the fashion and merchandising industry including design, sourcing, manufacturing, retail and wholesale distribution.  Students learn about small business entrepreneurship through engagement with clothing designers and retailers and other industry professionals.



Young Geniuses Summer Camp

Mon-Fr. 12pm-5pm

Provides youth with academic and cultural enrichment, leadership skills and a positive peer group.  Activities include, life skills, leadership development, urban gardening, swimming, music, media production and more.


Seattle Amistad School Summer Camps


Seattle Amistad School is an independent, two-way (Spanish/English) immersion school serving grades pre-K-5. At the Seattle Amistad School, native English speakers, native Spanish speakers, and bilingual students learn together in a bilingual, bicultural environment. Students participate in a dynamic academic program, while developing full proficiency and literacy in both Spanish and English. For more information or to register, please call us at 206-325-3172, or email us at [email protected].


 Soul Speak Creative Writing Workshops

 Tues & Thurs 1pm-3pm

SistaSoulSpeak gives youth and young adults an opportunity to discover, express & develop their inner & outer beauty through creative writing in the different artistic forms of Poetry/Spoken Word, Song Writing/Recording, Literature (Non-Fiction/Fiction)/Self-Publishing, Videography/Filmmaking and Journalism among many other forms in which creative is used as a tool. SS Co-Ed is a great release and pick-me-up for young any young person who may be experiencing things in life which causes them unneeded/wanted stress. Participants will have the opportunity to record, perform and or publish their work. For more information, please feel free to contact with your name telephone number and way to respond for you. Nicquitta KHMET Brooks at: [email protected].


Urban Mix 101

presented by Itech Solutions

Tues & Thurs 3-6pm

An intense course on the fundamentals of Digital Audio Recording and Music production. This course is the first in a series related to the comprehensive understanding of digital recording processes and software.  Students are familiarized with the Protools(DigiDesign) work environment as well as the Reasons(Propellorhead) workspace. Students are introduced to an analog mixing console and shown how the digital and analog systems correlate in a typical recording environment. Course work includes: how to connect a microphone in a series chain with effects (VST) modules, using compression, inserts on vocals and instruments, working with auxiliary/send tracks etc.  Students learn to create a unified mix on CD with both vocals and instrumentation by the course’s end. The class is designed for youth between the ages of 13 – 17 call for exceptions or specialized recording rates and/or Individualized instruction for specific recording projects. CLASS meets 2 days weekly (Tu-TH 3-6) for three (3) consequentive weeks with a walk-in tutoring lab on Saturdays. 



Teen Advancement Program

Wed. 6:30-8pm, Sat. 2-5pm

Teen Advancement Program (TAP) focuses on developing and enhancing urban youth’s critical thinking skills through creative learning, reading comprehension, environmental literacy, and mentoring using culturally relevant issues to promote positive solutions for success. We encourage the support of parents, friends, relatives, and community members who understand the urgency of targeting the thought process of our youth. We will help our youth “TAP” into their greatness!  Program Directors are Solomon and Curtis Calhoun, both of whom are community organizers striving to better our future by positively influencing the next generation.



Raise The Bar Fitness

Wednesdays 3pm-5pm

Aligned with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to to combat childhood obesity, the Raise The Bar Fitness Initiative promotes healthy lifestyle choices to young adults influenced by hip-hop music and culture. The program incorporates a variety of physical fitness techniques including the acclaimed Bar-Tendaz program, an innovative fitness initiative based on kinesthetic aerobics in the pursuit of healthy living.




African Dance & Fitness Health Class presented Sista Soul Speak

6:30-8:30pm/Wed 1-3pm

Taking the best of the best forms of African Dance and incorporating them into as exercise aerobics regimen which consists of the four types of exercise:

  • Balance & Coordination
  • Cardiovascular – which improves endurance & stamina
  • Strength/Resistance-which improves muscle and bone strength
  • Flexibility-which improves joint and muscle flexibility

Classes start with a thorough warm up, followed by choreography that is broken down section by section, focusing on technique, execution and comprehension of the drum rhythms. For health & spiritual exercise our Sis. Emily DeAngel will teach the Kundalini dance with African Soukous Music, utilizing a warm up based on each chakra; incorporating new and traditional steps into a simple empowering choreography. We also focus on teaching healthier ways of eating such as juicing, healthy detoxs to cleanse the systems and other healthy ways of living.

Afro-Peruvian Dance presented by De Cajón Project

DE CAJóN Project is a community based arts organization dedicated to educating populations about the cultural contributions of Peruvians of African descent. As a movement we facilitate music and dance workshops; offer lectures and residencies; perform widely throughout the Pacific Northwest with our music and dance company; and build inter-cultural and inter-generational communities through art. We actively support similar efforts in Peru and we collaborate with other individuals and organizations that use art as an empowering tool for change. Interested in a on-going rehearsal and performance space (music/dance).





Movies Under The Moonlight @ Mann

Outdoor Summer Film Series 

Fridays 8pm

Outdoor Summer Film Festival for Families. Five week film festival for families at Horace Mann School every Friday evening beginning Friday July 19th, 2013 is the kick off.  We will start the movie at dusk (right after the sun goes down.) So bring your blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, tents, etc. and enjoy a family friendly movie with us. We will have light refreshments for the children. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments too. See you there! 




Young Geniuses Academy Game Development 99

 Sat. 11am-2pm

Game development 99 is an exploration course. Students will spend time developing simple games. Once we complete one game, we’ll quickly move to the developing a brand new game. This approach will expose the children to a wide range of development problems while hopefully covering topics that further pique their interest in game development. Art from their art course will also be incorporated into many of their games. The students will build on their existing skills in C# programming, problem solving and critical thinking, logic and conditional reasoning.





Africatown GROW is a Community Youth and Family Urban Gardening Project focused on creating a learning space to share ideas on how to grow healthy and nutritious food, people and communities. The project provides great opportunities for learning,  bonding and community building.




Aug 16th – Image Is Everything Fashion Program Parent Appreciation Night

Aug 16th – Africatown Village Children’s Collective Showcase & Potluck

Aug  22nd – Entrepreneurs Forum presented by Remix Marketing & Consulting

Aug 25th –  Back 2 School Clothing Swap & Shop

Aug 28th – Justice Here & Now Forum: Ending The School To Prison Pipeline

Aug 29th – Central District Creative Tech Summit/Mixer/Meet & Greet


More Highlights:


Young Urban Entrepreneurs


Africatown Live! Concert Series


Art 4 Justice Jam Session


“Yo-Ghana” Afro-Yoga Nights



Juneteenth Mayoral Candidate Forum


Community Potlucks