Coup de peinture au CIAMO

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Les volontaires vennant d’ailleurs servent le centre dans une multitude de capacité.  Un volontaire americain et une volontaire anglaise ont travaillé avece l’equipe pour embellir notre batiment en faisant la peinture.

The French Ambassador visits CIAMO

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On February 7th, 2012 the French Ambassador to Benin, Jean-Paul Monchau, made his first official visit to our center. He was accompanied by a delegation of French diplomats including Patrice Leroy, special counsel on culture, and Remy Secret, head of … Read More

International Voodoo Festival

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CIAMO students represented well at the International Voodoo Festival held in Ouidah on January 10th. Led by instructors Sim and Romain, a group of festively costumed CIAMO children performed traditional dancing before a crowd of hundreds of people at the Point … Read More

Performance at Sogbadji

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Students at Sogbadji Elementary School performed this week in a pre-holiday concert highlighting their progress in courses at CIAMO. They impressed teachers, parents, and classmates with their new skills in percussion, traditional and contemporary dance, and trumpet. CIAMO continues to … Read More

Festival Kaleta

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This weekend, CIAMO students were featured at the annual Afro-Brazilian mask festival Kaleta, held in Ouidah and organized by cultural promoter and CIAMO administrator Wilfrid Houndje. The Kaleta festival is an event that draws from the masked carnival dances performed … Read More

Women’s Groups at CIAMO

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This past weekend saw our first women’s group project here at CIAMO. We partnered with a NGO Impact by inviting mothers and their daughters here for a Saturday morning workshop to make books together. Eight mother/daughters teams (and even a … Read More


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This weekend CIAMO hosted a Minicamp for students of two area elementary schools. This exciting event coincided with the visit of CIAMO founder Sarah DuPont and artist-in-residence Leni Stern. Leni offered music workshops in collaboration with percussionist Paul Abikoye and … Read More

Reception at the US Embassy, Cotonou

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On December 1st, 2011 the arrival of CIAMO Founder Sarah duPont and artist-in-residence Leni Stern was honored by the United States Embassy at a reception hosted by Ambassador James and Mrs. Amelia Knight. The evening gave CIAMO a chance to … Read More

Mayor Adjovi at CIAMO

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Mayor Sylverin Adjovi visited CIAMO for the first time since it was founded a year ago! He was accompanied by a delegation of arondissment chiefs and his mayoral staff. Thank you Mayor Adjovi! We hope you’re pleased with what you’ve … Read More

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