The Educultural Foundation is a California 501(c)3 educational non-profit organization dedicated to teaching critical thinking about social and cultural issues through music, the visual and performing arts, narrative and dialogue.
Founded in 1993 by critical multicultural educator, Virginia Lea, and jazz musician, Babatunde Lea, the Educultural Foundation provides a variety of participatory programs for students, teachers, and their communities.
Educultural programs and workshops are designed to help students, community members, and educators develop critical awareness about the influences on their lives, and empower them to social justice activism, to reach their educational and socio-economic goals.
We at the Educultural Foundation believe that our programs and workshops are especially needed in today’s social and economic climate, in which schools and colleges/universities are unable to provide many of the academic and arts support programs that facilitate academic development, equal access and greater educational equity.
We also believe that our programs and workshops are needed by businesses trying to encourage greater equity in their workplace climates.
Our latest program, the workshop retreat, Five Minutes to Chops, a revolutionary approach to learning to play conga drums, debuts in 2008 in the inspiring Mediterranean village of Leucate in the south of France.
Learn more about this retreat by clicking on the Five Minutes to Chops button on this page for more information. Places are limited so sign up today!
The Educultural Philosophy
Educulturalism is an interdisciplinary process by which participants develop a sense of their own creativity and agency. Once "opened up" through the artistic process participants are empowered to develop more socially conscious personal choices.
At the same time, participants gain greater awareness and understanding of the social and cultural worlds in which they live, and identify actions that they can take to create socioeconomic and cultural change that contributes to greater equity, caring, equality and social justice for themselves, their communities, their society, and internationally.