Kuumba Collage is a lively hands-on artmaking session that uses poetry to teach about creativity and arts activism while guiding participants in the making of their own cut-paper and mixed-media collages. A wonderful outlet for self-expression, collage accommodates almost all age and experience levels and is a fun way to promote cooperation and build team spirit. "Kuumba" is a Kiswahili word that means "creativity" and is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The name for this project pays homage to the late Gwynelle Dismukes, author of Practicing Kwanzaa Year Round, who writes:
Finding a new approach to something – innovation – requires independent thinking and the ability to apply information in a creative way. By thinking for ourselves and allowing for the process of discovery, it becomes possible for us to conceive and create a new reality.