Proyecto Bembe is an Afro-Latino percussion-based performing arts program for Milwaukee school age youth. Through the use of applied ethnomusicology techniques within a positive youth development model, Proyecto Bembe inspires musical and performance skills, youth leadership and self-respect, and cultural identity exploration through Afro-Latino musical culture. 



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Toolbox Theater This new MPT program will aim to create a safe space for social dialogue that promotes self-expression, self-confidence and self-determination. Through the arsenal of the theatre of the oppressed, participants will work on finding their voice and gaining understanding on their role as communal beings.

Through dialogue, participants will identify an issue pertinent to their community and will develop an interactive play or scene utilizing Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. This program will take place at four sites during 2016/2017.

Cuentame un Cuento (Tell Me A Story): A delightful bilingual production for all ages! This lively music and puppet production of folktales from the Afro-Latino diaspora is performed by MPT storytelling artists Alida Cardos Whaley and Lily Ann Rivera, written and directed by Carolina Soza, with music direction by Cecilio Negron Jr. Cuentame Un Cuento is MPT’s forum for Latino storytellers to have a place to share and keep traditional stories alive, reaching wider audiences while maintaining the Latino voice and addressing today’s issues.

Cuentame un Cuento can be booked as a one time show, that comes with a suggested curriculum and follow up activities, as well as a 6 week program that includes a Cuentame TU cuento/Tell me YOUR story component through which participants can explore and share their own stories and reconnect with their traditions.