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Our Work

For the larger part of Bweela Steptoe’s childhood to teenage life, she was one of the models used for her father’s books. She modeled for many different characters. He used both her and her brother Javaka Steptoe, who is also an author and illustrator of children’s books, as models in “My Special Best Words” and “Daddy Is A Monster Sometimes” where she narrated the stories. She is also the model for both of the main characters of one of John Steptoe’s most famous and highly acclaimed books, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.

The third season nationwide tour of, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters has been produced by the Dallas Children’s Theater. Bweela traveled with the tour during the public shows offering John Steptoe merchandise and displayed various pieces of John Lewis Steptoe’s artwork during the duration of the performances at each venue. Bweela Steptoe also visits classrooms, libraries, colleges, universities, presenting a focus on John Lewis Steptoe the artist, her father and, person.

Bweela shares her experiences as his daughter.

Our Workshops

Our focus is to expose a variety of activities to evoke creative and joyful expression including:

All programs will demonstrate sensitivity and support of LGBTQ issues.

Art Sessions

Engage participants in a variety of art projects such as abstract art, painting, figure drawing, sculpture, comic book art, life drawing, landscape, collaging, manga and cartooning.

Fashion Design Classes

How to sew, drape and make a pattern. Under FASHION, we will also offer makeup and modeling classes.

Architecture Appreciation

Class will study a variety of architectural styles and how they relate to self and environment. Participants will learn to construct their own miniature buildings.

Book Readings for Kids

Other authors and illustrators are invited to read their books.

Library

We will have a small library at the JLSCC for kids and adults with reference to ART, EDUCATIONAL, FASHION etc.

Staging Area

We will also have a staging area for small performances.

Shop

Steptoe books and artistic memorabilia will be sold in the center, a percentage of sales will be donated to other community causes.

All programs will demonstrate sensitivity and support of LGBTQ issues.

Past Programs & Events

Children’s Art Classes

The JLSCC Free Summer Art classes at Sistas’ Place with Our Leaders of Tomorrow Day Care, August 2017. 

Special Presentation

Bweela Steptoe presenting the Life and Legacy of John L Steptoe at Cleveland Elementary School NW, with An Open Book Foundation., May 2017.

Bweela Steptoe has delivered workshops and other presentations at some of the following institutions:

  • Public School 181, The John Lewis Steptoe School of the 21Century, Brooklyn, NY
  • Explore Charter School, Brooklyn, NY
  • CAMBA Literacy Program with PS 3 Family Read Night, Brooklyn, NY
  • Governors State University, College of Arts and Sciences, University Park, IL
  • Person Theater, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Everett Civic Auditorium, Everett, WA
  • Johnny Carson Theatre (Norfolk Arts), Norfolk, NE
  • An Open Book Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Our Children the Leaders of Tomorrow, Brooklyn, NY
  • Rochdale Village Inc. Summer Camp Program, Rochdale, Queens, NY
  • Dallas Children’s Theatre, Dallas, TX

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters’ has been adapted as a play traveling nationwide, with over 150 performances. September 2016 to July 2017 was the most recent tour.

Helping Children All Over the World

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How You Can Get Involved

Call (313) 692-3562 to Donate Or Contact Us to get Involved

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The John Lewis Steptoe Cultural Center, P.O. Box 330170 Brooklyn, NY 11233-0170

Call Us: 347-985-6395