( ENSPIRE Community ) Celebrating 22 Years, Luangisa African Gallery Brought Wakanda To Mt. Vernon, NY
Celebrating Wakanda in Mt. Vernon, NY? Little do most people know of the hidden gem of African treasures called the Luangisa African Gallery in Mt. Vernon, NY. Rose Luangisa is the Creative Founder of the Luangisa African Gallery and she recently celebrated 22 years of showcasing beautiful art, jewelry and fabulous handcrafted treasures from Tanzania to cities across the United States.
welcoming longtime supporters, guests and potential new friends during the day-long festivities ranging from African fashion and food to drumming and dancing, plus an emporium full of irresistible shopping.
“With Celebrate Wakanda, our core mission is to highlight and enhance the essential experience of African culture through art, fashion, music, peace, poetry, love, history, and tradition, says Rose Luangisa. “Through our celebration, we also strive to capture the spirit/essence of the Wakanda Kingdom —Tanzania—a place for us and by us, where everyone in the diaspora has a place she and he call home.”
ABOUT CREATIVE FOUNDER – Rose Luangisa
Born in Bukoba, Tanzania, Rose came to the U.S. in 1987 and earned both a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from IONA College. She got her start at African Family Day at Memorial Park in Mount Vernon (her U.S. hometown) and opened Luangisa African Gallery in 1996. Over these 22 years, she’s showcased artifacts and other crafts at those fairs, festivals and museum events which are symbolic of Africa’s rich cultural heritage, including Afropunk, International African Arts Festival and Dance Africa! in Brooklyn; Essence Music Festival in New Orleans; Capital Jazz Fest in Maryland, African Festival of the Arts and Arts and Crafts at the DuSable Museum, both in Chicago, African World Festival in Detroit, Newport Jazz Fest in Rhode Island, the Harlem Fine Arts Festival, the Zora Festival in Florida and many other venues.
Rose’s mission has always been to make both artisans and customers happy, to preserve African culture and traditions, and to empower and connect its people across the world. All are invited to make connections and enjoy live African music, drumming & dancing, various entertainment, an accessory fashion show, and refreshments while commemorating Celebrate Wakanda – A celebration of black excellence!