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MISSION:

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.  

Les Clay

[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 their 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 opuplifting African immigrants and 

HISTORY

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Les Clay began as a family singing group in 2011. Performing at a myriad of events such as weddings, corporate gatherings, and cultural festivals. The group is comprised of siblings originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. As American citizens, the group’s goal has been to share the rich culture of Congo through performance art.  

Les Clay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We seek to empower African immigrants to be active contributors in American society. Through sharing of their gifts and stories, we can bridge a gap between African and American culture. We advocate for and inspire young artists to follow their passions and share it with their American counterparts.  

We provide a platform for self-expression through hosting concerts, fashion shows, and kids art camps. We come alongside families that struggle to integrate into American culture by helping them navigate school, legal, and administrative systems and helping them flourish in their communities by introducing them to recreational experiences.   

Meet the Team

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