On October 15th, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (whew that’s a mouthful) opened their doors to their new location at the iconic red firehouse on 125th street in East Harlem/El Barrio.
One of our first blogs highlighted the founder and visionary of CCCADI, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega. I first heard of CCCADI from a good friend who invited me to their annual celebration of the Orisha’s, Yemaya and Oshun. I was new to the Yoruban faith and excited to see what a celebration would look like and I was not disappointed.
The CCCADI in their own words, “preserves and present African Diaspora cultures; trains the next generation of cultural leaders; and unites diaspora communities. We leverage arts and culture as tools for personal transformation, community building and social justice.”
Our Cread commandment #5, states that we must expand our repertoire of resources and we consider CCCADI a goldmine of resources, for the personal and the professional. Specifically, CCCADI has an Arts Education and Equity strand with 6 distinctive ways for educators and students to become immersed with diasporic culture and innovation.
There are many spaces in NYC that are explicitly founded and grounded in the celebration and cultivation of the African Diaspora, in order to ensure that our students know from whence they came. One of our goals is to share these spaces and places with our readers so that we decolonize our education and ensure the positive racial identity development of diasporic students.
I’m going to challenge all of our readers to visit the new CCCADI home, live and in person at least once between now and January 1st and ideate about ways you can use CCCADI in the future. We have Black History Month and Women’s History Month coming up. Are you teaching belief systems soon? What about art during various times in history? Or are you a professional looking for a place to meet and engage with other professionals who are dedicated to engaging deeply in our diasporic culture and community and bringing it back to our classrooms?
But right now, if you have a minute, pop on over to the site and find some inspiration for your classroom, connections to your curriculum and you might even find a place for personal transformation.
Oh, and are you free on the 18th? CCCADI, in conjunction with NYU, is having an event The Art of Justice 3. “The “official” conversation and practices focused on diversity continue to hide the inequities and disparities in the arts field in New York City. The history of this racial and cultural disparity is critical to understand as it continues to subvert the process of dismantling systemic racial and cultural inequity. The Art of Justice 3, will focus on the publication of Susan E. Cahan, MOUNTING FRUSTRATION THE ART MUSEUM IN THE AGE OF BLACK POWER as an introduction to the discussion on how the hierarchy of Western European-centric canon and the economic power of the 1% in the arts field continues to marginalize and under devalue the cultures of the numerical majority and diverse populations of New York City that are generally of color and not part of the Eurocentric aesthetic perspective.”
Deep Thinkers Only!