Kwanzaa Playground at English Park

Kwanzaa Playground at English Park
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Kwanzaa Playground is Ohio's first Africentric, arts-inspired playground. Kwanzaa Playground, also known as the Children’s Afrocentric Playground, sits on just over half an acre of land in the Old Towne East neighborhood. It is designed in the shape of a human figure, which represents the first ancestor and the park focuses on positive African-American images based on the concept that “It takes a whole village to raise a child”. The collection of art in the playground supports the theme of “lessons for living” based on the “Nguzo Saba” or the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa. These principles are unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. The ceramic pedestals flank the entrance on the east, adorned with ceramic tile. Ceramic pedestals and tiles created with school students’ art encircle the rear entrance and adorn the left foot of the Kwanzaa Playground.


Made: 1995


1277 Bryden Rd, Columbus, Ohio, 43205
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