Cultivating the next generation of cultural activists, artists and arts professionals of color is at the heart of CCCADI’s mission. CCCADI believes that human and cultural rights are integral to individuals achieving their full potential within their cultural community and the broader civil society. This belief informs every step of CCCADI’s pedagogy, throughout our leadership and arts training pipeline, which extends from pre-Kindergarten to high school, mid-career professionals and beyond. Some of our our Arts Education + Equity programs are:

  • Teaching Living Culture: a PreK-12 education initiative that immerses students in the music, dance, theater, poetry, and visual arts of the African Diaspora.

  • The Apps Youth Leadership Academy: Empowers public high-school students to participate in NYC’s digital economy. Students receive hands on training in creating digital programs and apps, linked to Diaspora cultures and communities. will keep them on the cutting edge as participants in today’s ever changing digital economy.

  • Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship (ICA) provides professional development and networking opportunities for diverse early to mid-career arts-based professionals in cultural arts advocacy.

  • Museums Connect trains middle-school students in Harlem, NY and Jamaica, West Indies to research their local histories, create related works of art, exchange experiences and present their work via digital media.

  • Community Arts University Without Walls (CAAUW): a two-week intensive certificate program launched with Inter-American University in Puerto Rico that educates next generation cultural and community advocates through service-based learning.

  • The Art of Justice, a conference on the intersections of art and activism in collaboration with New York University’s Departments of Art and Public Policy, African American Institute and Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS).