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Malawian artist in residence visits Appalachian and the community Oct. 15-19

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Office of International Education and Development will host multi-disciplinary teaching artist and educator Masankho Kamsisi Banda on campus Oct. 15-19.

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Banda’s campus and community residency will connect cultures and create community through the arts. A native of Malawi and Certified Interplay Facilitator, Banda will be leading workshops on campus using Interplay to develop cultures of peace. Interplay is an active creative process for personal and community transformation. Interplay honors our desires to be whole people leading whole lives in connection with each other.

Workshops for faculty and staff will be held Monday, Oct. 15, and Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. Registration is required. Visit for more information.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Masankho, in collaboration with Dr. Suzi Mills, will be facilitating a workshop for K-12 teachers from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Watauga High School. Repertoire and cultural context will be highlighted in the workshop and opportunities to create lessons that address the new standards will be offered. This workshop is free but requires prior registration at

A workshop for students will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4-5:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Calloway Peak Room. Visit for more information.

Banda also will be a guest lecturer in music education classes in the Hayes School of Music and will collaborate with Appalachian’s Gospel Choir and choir director Keith McKutchen.

He will work daily with Western Youth Network students as a LEAF in Schools and Streets teaching artist, including a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 8, with Watauga High School students in the Mountain Alliance program. Participants will travel to Black Mountain on Oct. 20 to perform with Banda at the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF).

LEAF is a festival connecting cultures and creating community through the arts. Additional information about the program is available at

Using the performing arts, Banda motivates and inspires people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding. In 1997, he started Ucandanc African Healing Arts to bring his passion for dance and storytelling to communities around the world.

Banda’s residency is co-sponsored by the following departments at Appalachian: Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, Hubbard Programs for Faculty Excellence, Hayes School of Music, Office of Multicultural Student Development and Reich College of Education’s Public School Partnership.

For more information, contact Sarah Bergstedt in the Office of International Education and Development at or 828-262-8046.