Wa Na Wari
Wa Na Wari creates space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection. Wa Na Wari means "Our Home" in Kalabari. Co-founder, Inye Wokoma, is Kalabari through his father's lineage. The name Wa Na Wari evokes a sense of purpose and intention to remain present in a place we consider home.
Wa Na Wari creates space for Black ownership, possibility, and belonging through art, historic preservation, and connection.
Wa Na Wari is an immersive community art project, sited in a 5th-generation Black-owned home, that reclaims Black cultural space and makes a statement about the importance of Black land ownership in gentrified communities. Our work:
*Centers Black creativity through free art exhibits, film screenings, music and dance performances, readings, and workshops.
*Prioritizes experiences of Black joy and Black belonging.
*Seeks arts-based solutions to displacement & economic vulnerability.
*Puts money back into the Black creative economy.*Amplifies Black voices, perspectives, and solutions.