Mensah Wali

Art From the Ground Up
10:51 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Creating a 'Weave of Culture' with the Kente Arts Alliance

Mensah Wali and Gail Austin of the Kente Arts Alliance.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

Kente Arts Alliance is an organization whose mission is to present art from the African diaspora. TV and radio personality Chris Moore says they are “a great civic resource” and believes that if they weren’t here, “there would be a void.”

Brooklyn native Mensah Wali and Pittsburgher Gail Austin founded the organization in 2007 and have presented a wide variety of artists to Pittsburgh audiences. 

Wali terms it a “weave of culture.” The word Kente is West African in origin and describes a type of cloth common in Ghana.

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