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Baba Jubal Harris

African Music, Drum Making, & Storytelling
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Baba Jubal is a pioneer in the emerging field of Arts Integrated Education. For 30 years, he has conducted artist residencies, performances, workshops, teacher in-service, and professional development that have made a substantial contribution to the cultural and educational life of communities throughout the state of Ohio and the United States. He has developed an innovative methodology that integrates art, science, math, music, social studies, dance, language, and history into the core curriculum. His multiple-intelligence approach is holistic in application, resulting in measurable improvement of student academic achievement. Above all, his love of life and the joy of sharing his many creative talents inspire students to learn.

He is a professional teacher, musician, storyteller, and craftsman. Performing and teaching in more than 3,000 schools, universities, community centers, art museums, libraries, prisons, religious institutions, theatres, and art festivals, he has made a substantial contribution to the cultural and educational life of communities throughout the United States and abroad. Recognition of his work has appeared in the Smithsonian Magazine, Acclaim Magazine, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Columbus Dispatch, and many other publications. He is a master artist in the Ohio Arts Council Traditional Artist Apprenticeship Program and a roster artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education Artists-in-Schools program, Djapo Cultural Arts Institute, Roots of American Music, Rhythm Culture, and the Manding Music and Dance Society Ltd. (Banjul, Gambia, West Africa). He received an Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Cincinnati. He studied at the Cincinnati Art Museum and University of Cincinnati College of Design Art and Architecture. He completed “Linking the Arts to Literacy” teacher institutes held at Cleveland State University and the “Designing Effective Instructional Residencies for Students” seminar designed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts held at Cleveland Play House Square. He has performed with Baba Chief Bey, Baba Ishangi, Babatunde Olatunji, Olukose Wiles, Bo Diddle, Billy Bungo, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and many renowned artists. He was an apprentice to African drum maker Baile McKnight, of Washington, D.C., and Sharifo Konte of Gambia, West Africa. In 2006, he was nominated for an Ohio Governor’s Award in Arts Education and received acknowledgement for his work in the field from award winner Dr. Jacquelyn Quay. In 2009, he was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship in wood craft from the Community Partnership for the Arts and Culture. He was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Ohio Heritage Fellowship in 2015.

Grade Levels/Age Groups

  • PreK
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grades 4-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Young Adult
  • Adult
  • Senior

Facilities and Resources Required

  • Audio System
  • Performance Space


Upon request






“Traditions: Ohio Heritage Fellows — Baba Jubal Harris,” WOSU Public Media, 6:52, September 9, 2016,