Creole for Kidz
FEBRUARY 9, 2024
Created 22 years ago, Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco, is an innovative and high quality multicultural performing arts program that has reached over 500,000 K-12 and college students, parents and educators at 100’s of schools, art centers and festivals around the globe! It has helped inform and engage student, youth and family audiences in Australia, Mali, Paraguay, Seychelles, Dominican Republic, Russia, Ukraine and all over the United States and Canada.
Simien not only entertains, but also helps to raise the cultural IQ of his youth, student and family audiences. He has led the charge to educate student audiences about Creole culture and zydeco music -from the remarkable Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City to Berklee College of Music, Boston – to the prestigious Ordway in Saint Paul. Again, don’t take our word for it and instead hear Dare County Arts ED, Chris Sawein talk about the success of the program (x3) in the OBX! (Outer Banks, NC). Through week long residencies with many layers of educational outreach at schools, performing art centers, libraries and band rooms, Simien has done his part to inspire students everywhere to gain greater appreciation for and become more knowledgable about American (and Black) Roots Music.