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2021 Kwanzaa Workshop Series

African Beaded Bracelet Making: Using beads from Ghana, Mali, and Kenya
Facilitated by Connie Williams, SAAM Docent, Business Owner, and Leader

Saturday, December 4, 2021  |  11:00 am - 1:00pm

due to a loss in the immediate museum family, we must postpone our Beading workshop that was scheduled for today, December 4. This will be rescheduled. to next Saturday, December 11, and our affirmation journal workshop will be moved to January. Your understanding is appreciated.

Participant Availability up to 10 Participants between the ages of 6 – up

Just bring your creativity! All materials, tables & chairs will be supplied.

Beaded jewelry will also be available to purchase after the workshop!

Connie Williams at Beading Market, Ghana

Workshop Details

This workshop will be limited occupancy so to secure your seat you must register through the Eventbrite link below.

Seats are limited and we ask that if you do register that you please arrive on time for the workshop so that the space can be utilized. 



Masks will be Required!
This workshop will take place on the second floor of our Upbeat Village Terracotta Gallery. This space has stair access only. 

SAAM Docent and facilitator, Connie Williams will guide participants through the process of working with beads while sharing a brief history of African beading.


Participants will have the choice of making a bracelet with recycled glass beads from Ghana, made by a group known as the Krobo people; terracotta beads from Mali; or Bone Batik hand-dyed beads, using a wax relief process, from Kenya. Participants are encouraged to take a tour of the museum to view some of SAAM’s intricate beaded artwork on exhibit. The museum holds a collection of over 1,000 objects that hail from West and Central Africa and represent over 180 cultures across 28 countries.


Please keep in mind that seats are limited so you must RSVP for this event. Should you RSVP and are unable to attend, please reach out to us so that we can assure that your seat is filled!

This workshop will be hosted on the second floor of the Upbeat Village Terracotta Gallery!
**Please note this workshop is stair access only and we do not have an elevator or wheelchair access


Click here to register

for this Workshop

Meet our Facilitator!

Connie Williams

SAAM Docent   |   Business Owner   |   Leader

Connie Williams has applied her diverse leadership experience in banking, finance, international business relationships. For most of her career, Connie has worked in the public sector in business and international relations.  Traveling within Africa for a decade has helped her to see the real need for training, coaching and business support to assist the women and young adults.

For the past 10 years Connie shared responsibility for business development and community programs in the village of Kpanvo located in Northern Region of Tamale Ghana, West Africa which she was appointed Chief in 2009.

Connie is the founder and CEO of Savanna Naturals Inc., a small business focused on natural products with an understanding and appreciation of how products are produced in Ghana and throughout the Savanna region of Africa.   

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Connie Williams (left) with her Ghanaian daughter at The Koforidua Beads and Craft Market in Ghana

Connie’s not the kind of person who does any of it for recognition or awards, but because leading by example and excellence are innate to who she is. Her ultimate motivation is to help uplift rural women while creating business opportunities that will impact lives and families in a positive way.

See our facilitator, Connie Williams, at the The Koforidua Beads and Craft Market in Eastern Ghana. It was here the beads used in this workshop were selected.

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