Terreiro (pronounced teh-HEY-dhoo) in African-Brazilian culture, is the place for performance, ceremony, worship and offerings. Although not always of clay, the name remains the reference to the sheds and yards where African Brazilian celebrations were held. Terreiros in contemporary times are known as temples, houses, and fields. They are usually surrounded by both natural and cultivated vegetation, symbolizing the forest and the farm, the habitats of the outdoors, and the sources of life.
In Durham, our Terreiro is growing to become a center for arts, culture and youth programming. We foster the growth of collective energy, creativity, and community arts and culture. We truly value and educate through community health, fitness, positive relationships and working together. At the Terreiro we believe it is important to carry the wisdom of the past and our cultural heritage with reverence, respect and love. We invite you to nurture and expand this vision!
Con Paz e Amor,
The Terreiro de Arte e Cultura