“Myths are not just for putting children to sleep, they’re for waking adults up.” –Zaman Stanizai
Founded by Kwame Scruggs in 2003, Alchemy, Inc has worked with over 1,200 male youth in a group setting. His mission: to create a safe environment and sense of community to assist in the development of urban adolescent males through mentoring and the telling, discussion and analysis of mythological stories and fairy tales told to the beat of an African drum.
In 2012 Alchemy received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from Pres. Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the nations highest honor for after-school and out-of-school programs. First Lady Michelle Obama gave the award.
I feel so honored that Kwame consented to do this interview with me.
And, if you want to connect and see him in action, first hand, check out the Joseph Campbell Playshop at Esalen on March 24-29th (this is Joe’s annual birthday celebration headed up by Bob Walter!).