"Sakina Ibrahim believes in the power of teaching dance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from University of the Arts and earned her Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of California Irvine. She teaches at a number of area schools and community colleges, while also working in dance outreach for the Dance Theatre of Harlem and Mark Morris Dance Group.
Once she began teaching, she soon discovered dance lessons weren’t enough to fulfill the complex needs of her young students, whom she witnessed confronting everything from the fear of
Olive Tree bookstore in Sakina's hometown Springfield,MA hosted the Big Words to Little Me book signing. "It was so great to meet and encourage some of the young people and reconnect with friends and family" I am so proud to be from Springfield!
This year Sakina partnered and provided each child with their own copy of Big Words to Little Me which aligns with the organization's mission.Read More
"It's a pleasure to be here with you today, Thank you to the Kiwanis club for having me as a guest, When you give a child the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive, great things happen. If you would have asked me when I was 10 years old I would have never guessed that I would have seen the things I have been able to or do the things I have done. As the child of a teen mom and a father who was in prison by the time I was two years old, according to what society has determined about girls like me, I have beaten the odds. I always knew that Ibad a big mission in life. All of the things that Springfield had a reputation for my family had been effected by, I seen the results of drug abuse and alcoholism, prison industrial complex , HIV/AIDS, and the results of street violence that left my uncle Anthony Carl Rosemond Blind, Mute and Paralyzed he recently passed away. If there was one thing I know, it is that pain has created a great strength, faith and fortitude it took many years to recognize I also possess.
When I was a little me I spent so much time looking for the success story that would inspire me to make something great of myself. Never would I think I would take a long walk home to find myself being the success story I have been searching for. We are only in search of ourselves and it is my mission and the mission of organizations such as Kiwanis to cultivate more leaders and make our homes, community and society shine bright!
"Upon writing Big Words to Little Me: Advice to the younger self I had completed my Masters of Fine Arts in Dance, my research was on Dances of the African Diaspora and Black Youth Empowerment. While in my research process I realized a lot of my students were in deep pain and complicated life situations concerning self-esteem, family issues and school. I would give my students advice and kept saying I wish someone would have told me this stuff… eventually I had my “AHA” moment and decided to create a tool that would help young girls develop a positive sense of self and a sense of determination for their success in life." Read more here https://medium.com/culture-chest/author-spotlight-big-words-to-little-mes-sakina-ibrahim-f27c35d6721d#.a34fcqn2z
Join me for this live multidisciplinary performance featuring visual art, dance and literature.
WHERE: Harlem Village Academies MT. Morris Park North West NY, NY 10027
WHEN: 6/26/16 5:00PM
Why do we work so hard to fit in?
We change so much about what makes us individuals so that we can blend in with the crowd, but if we thought about fitting in as it relates to our dreams, we would quickly realize that everyone who has done something great in the world did the opposite of fitting in. They believed in something outside of what was normal. Their faith and confidence in themselves is why we may know their names today.
Sometimes not fitting in can cause us to feel lonely, maybe we even get teased or bullied but it is important to be true to yourself, no matter what.
There is a quote by Daisaku Ikaeda says “Just as cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms all possess their own unique qualities, each person is unique. We cannot become someone else. The important thing is that we live true to ourselves and cause the great flower of our lives to blossom.”
So in what ways have you been cheating yourself from experiencing the greatness of who you really are? If you didn’t know it before, now you have permission to just be yourself.
NAACP Image Award Nominated Author, Performer and Educator Sakina Ibrahim, will be sharing an exhilarating presentation with the Harlem Arts Festivals Start with Art and Workshops. She will have an emphasis on Reflection, Self-Esteem and Personal Growth.
Ms. Ibrahim’s new book “Big Words to Little Me: Tips and advice for the younger self” is a must read and even though it can be a great read for just about anyone; mothers, daughters and sisters would greatly benefit from the passionate and sympathetic work to help young girls develop tools for building successful lives. The workshop will take place June 27 and 28 at the Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library located at: 9 West 124th St. b/w 5th Ave and Mount Morris Park West New York, NY 10027, other events will take place on the festival park grounds in the Welcome Center.