Art and Change Grant
Neighborhood: North Philadelphia
Change Partner: International Capoeira Angola Foundation
Discipline: Folk Arts
Eva will participate in a master-level training intensive in the Angola style of the traditional Brazilian martial art, Capoeira. The training intensive takes place in Bahia with the Grupo Nzinga, which is a Capoeira Angola group led by two female master teachers. This project seeks to explore and develop connections between women who practice this art form. In learning and practice, women can gain improved confidence, physical ability, and the tools to be a powerful voice in their communities. Since the majority of master teachers (mestres) in Capoeira are men, it is rare and difficult to find opportunities to train and learn from female mestres. After returning to Philadelphia from the training she will hold a series of workshops for women who are interested in both learning the form and intensifying their existing practice.