Bridging the gap between African and American culture through art and education. We advocate for and empower African Immigrants to be active contributors in American society by providing a platform for self-expression.
[le klā] noun.
Frenglish for The Clay.
Les" is French for "the" and “Clay” is English for... “clay”. Our identity is founded on the Bible verse in Isaiah 64:8, we are clay in God's hands, we let Him form us into what He wants us to be.
Les Clay began as a dancing and singing group that performed at events such as weddings, corporate gatherings, and cultural festivals with the goal of sharing the rich culture of the Congolese heritage through performance art.
Through the sharing of our gifts and stories, Les Clay built a community of like-minded African artists in West Michigan and saw a need for more opportunities to engage society in art and culture.
Now as a 501C3 nonprofit organization, Les Clay seeks to empower African immigrants to be active contributors in American Society. We provide a platform for self-expression through hosting art events, concerts, fashion shows, and art camps.
We are the concierge of culture, providing unique cultural exchange and uplifting African immigrants.
Through captivating performances, collaborative projects, and creative workshops, we provide a platform for self-expression, enabling individuals to share their unique gifts, stories, and talents.
Empowerment and Education
We offer comprehensive support services, including language assistance, cultural orientation, and access to resources. By nurturing personal growth, providing educational opportunities, and fostering leadership development, we empower individuals to achieve their aspirations and positively impact their communities.
Our programs promote understanding, empathy, and unity among diverse communities. By promoting cultural awareness, appreciation, and dialogue, we break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and build bridges of understanding that lead to a more inclusive and harmonious society.
Collaboration and Impact
Les Clay actively collaborates with artists, musicians, community organizations, and educational institutions to create meaningful connections and maximize our impact. Together, we create collaborative performances, host vibrant cultural events, and develop initiatives that inspire creativity, encourage dialogue, and foster a sense of belonging.