Marie Brown

We acknowledge our Board Member Marie Brown, a Literary trailblazer, iconic editor, and book agent who spent the past 50 years paving the way for writers of color and editors. In 1984, she founded her company, Marie Dutton Associates, a company dedicated to “ serving as a bridge between writers and editors, and always making a point to lift up the marginalized.”

Current Exhibition

Defend Puerto Rico Exhibit 

On View: February 15, 2018 - June 9, 2018 

The Defend Puerto Rico exhibit explores the creative documentation and stories told through the Defend Puerto Rico transmedia project with a compilation of photography, video, design and immersive media. An exhibit experience that guides the audience through the past, current and future dialogue of Puerto Rican identity, culture, and diasporic relationships.

New Chapter for CCCADI and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 5:18PM

New Chapter for CCCADI and Dr. Marta Moreno Vega

 For over 40 years, the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) has presented empowering programs that link the creativity and brilliance of the African Diaspora with communities here in New York City and abroad.

Today, we invite you to salute our founder Dr. Marta Moreno Vega as she steps down as the director to pursue the next chapter of her professional and personal life. As part of this new journey, we are excited to welcome Dr. Vega to her new role as advisor to the Board of Directors.

As founder and President, Dr. Vega established CCCADI globally as a leading institution that documents, celebrates, and presents the cultural traditions of Africans in the Diaspora. She has grounded her life's work in the powerful experiences of people of African descent, developing cultural institutions that affirm their impact on the world stage. She has created a legacy of international advocacy and institution-building. She is recognized globally for her contributions as a respected scholar, producer, activist, educator, author, professor, and Yoruba priestess.

Thanks to Dr. Vega, CCCADI is able to embark on our next phase of growth with a solid foundation and a bright future. Recently, we secured a significant grant from the New York Community Trust to engage with the Support Center for Nonprofit Management to assist CCCADI during such an important time. This gift of support is a testament to the strengths and impact of our Center, and further highlights the institutional commitment from a respected funder such as The Trust to ensure that CCCADI continues to exist and thrive into the future.

The Support Center has helped us identify Margarita Rosa, Esq., a trained Interim Executive Director, as our new leader. A lawyer and organizational leader with over 30 years of experience in both the public and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Rosa will provide critical leadership during the next year as we prepare for our next Executive Director. She recently served as Executive Director of the Grand Street Settlement in NYC, serving over 10,000 New Yorkers annually through early childhood education, after-school programs and support for adults of all ages. Margarita was also appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo as the first Latina, the first woman, and the youngest person at the time to serve as the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights. She has led and managed several organizations and has overseen strategic planning, programs and services, budgets, facilities, fundraising, government and community relations, donor cultivation and retention, and Board development. We are confident Margarita’s presence will ensure success for years to come.

In addition to Margarita’s vision and experience, we hope you will share our confidence and trust in CCCADI’s dynamic and experienced staff, including Deputy Director Melody Capote, who has worked at CCCADI for over 30 years in the area of development, government relations, human resources, and programs.

This exciting phase marks a period of expanded energy driven by our Board of Directors committed to advancing the Center’s mission and vision of celebrating and uniting African people and our traditions throughout the Diaspora. With the current social and racial justice movements making huge impacts across the globe, our work continues to highlight the inextricable connection between culture, art, politics, and justice.

With our new home, your home, on 125th Street anchoring us back in our community, we look forward to another 40-plus years of celebrating our traditions in a safe and culturally rich environment filled with inspiration, intellectual engagement, and creativity.

Forward ever,

CCCADI Board of Directors

VISIONES 2018: Submerge to Emerge Victorious!

VISIONES 2018: Submerge to Emerge Victorious!

Dealmas 20th Anniversary Celebration Event

Propel the New You into the New Year through a deeply nourishing encounter with the Liberating Power of Love.

Events

Spring SouSou! | Mama Earth Awakens!

Spring SouSou! | Mama Earth Awakens!

FREE

Spring SouSou! | Mama Earth Awakens!

SouSou Saturdays are monthly family-oriented art-making, dance, and music workshops held every second Saturday of the month at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute.

Join us for the 2nd SouSou of the season--Spring SouSou! | Mama Earth Awakens!

Enjoy Callaloo Kids fun puppet theater and come celebrate Spring by creating pop-up flower bouquets and learning about the music & dance traditions of the Garifuna people!


Program Schedule

Events

A Professional Development Evening for Educators: The Black Side of the Sun: African Heritage of the Americas

A Professional Development Evening for Educators: The Black Side of the Sun: African Heritage of the Americas

FREE

A Professional Development Evening for Educators: The Black Side of the Sun: African Heritage of the Americas

The Education Department of CCCADI is excited to offer educators an evening event centered on exploring the African Heritage of the Americas. The evening will include a wine reception, special curator tour, and lecture presentations. Educators will receive CCCADI information and lesson plan materials connected to CCCADI’s Teaching Living Cultures (TLC) K-12 Arts Education programs, and TLC school gallery tour programs.

Events

Living In My Skin Interactive Conference

Living In My Skin Interactive Conference

FREE
Living In My Skin Interactive Conference will explore the experiences of women of color within Dominican and Haitian diasporic communities. A continuation of La Lucha's Living In My Skin 2016 exhibit, which featured work from a selected number of women-identified visual artists of Quisqueya who challenge societal norms of colonialism, this conference precedes the culmination of a group portfolio involving all participating visual artists to debut this fall 2018. Living In My Skin caters to an ongoing discourse a
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