Ansumana Komba Gbembo, African Clothing Designer
Ansumana Komba Gbembo was recently awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to pass his traditional art form to an apprentice. There are only a handful of grants like this awarded in the Commonwealth. These grants help communities sustain their folkways by supporting master artists and the perpetuation of their art form.  Read more.
East African Bridal Hair and HennaAn upcoming marriage in East Africa means a night of henna for the bride. Afaf Kormouna, an Erie resident who is a native of South Sudan, is a master artist in traditional hair braiding and henna techniques. She shared what it means to be a bride in her culture. Read More