Eastern Shield

Stephanie Amma

Guest Artist

Stephanie Amma is African American, born, raised, educated, and employed in Philadelphia. She began her journey in folk arts in 1975 with the famed Arthur African American Dance Ensemble, later with Yousouf Koumbassa and Mbemba Bangoura, meeting the costume needs of the children in the performing arts company of Arthur Hall in the 80’s, a long collaboration with Kulu Mele African American Dance & Drum Ensemble as their costume designer and seamstress. For over 30 years she has taught traditional West African dance and music. As ministry leader for Adowaa Praise Ministry for fifteen years she presented African dancing, drumming, singing, and made the costumes. She passionately strives to bring awareness and equity opportunities to Philadelphia and surrounding communities. With generous funding Amma has been able to commit and provide quality folk arts programs equally to all. She is a witness to the healing and empowerment of the whole body, healthy living, and positive relationships. Her art form incites hope, joy, and wisdom by connecting and reconciling hearts in the fullness of joy and love, freeing social change. Her art protests against injustice. Twenty of her years as a cultural arts educator has been with African American Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP) and AAMP On-The-Go workshops in schools of Philadelphia and surrounding areas.