Mount Rainier’s Adinkra Embraces African Roots


Walk past Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio in downtown Mount Rainier at any given time, and you’re likely to hear the rhythmic sounds of African drumming.

Founded in 2010 and named for the symbols common on Ghanaian fabrics and pottery, the family-run studio promotes African heritage through classes on drumming and dancing, concerts, art galleries, and even programs on subjects like the art of waistbeads and healthy hair care. It’s a cultural and artistic hub in the heart of the Gateway Arts District in Mount Rainier, offering a variety of activities and programs for both the young and old.

Since 2016, its president and CEO, Diallo Sumbry, has gone even further to help connect people with African culture and history, organizing group trips to Ghana, Senegal and South Africa as…

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