Throughout CCCADI’s history, we have acted as an incubator and springboard for new artistic and intellectual brilliance. For example, we spearheaded “Transforming the Crown: African, Asian and Caribbean Artists in Britain” which amassed more than 100 works into an exhibition that was simultaneously on-view at CCCADI, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and The Bronx Museum of the Arts. The landmark exhibition became a model for institutional collaboration. We’ve also presented transcendent talent such as Celia Cruz, Amiri Baraka, Tito Puente, Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, the Mardi Gras Indians and Ghanaian rapper Blitz the Ambassador, among others.

Currently, CCCADI showcases the creative genius of traditional and contemporary Diaspora culture through the following arts exhibitions, festivals and performances:

  • HOME, MEMORY, AND FUTURE engaging El Barrio and the larger NYC area in a critical public dialogue about home, belonging, immigration and gentrification.

  • Mi Querido Barrio, an augmented reality project and mobile app employing artists and local youth to landmark East Harlem’s rich history and cultural legacy.

  • CCCADI-Lincoln Center-Out-of-Doors Festival partnership (“Heritage Sunday”) is a dynamic program featuring music and dance performances from around the world.

  • The Loiza Festival- in collaboration with Hermanos Fraternos de Loiza Inc. celebrates Afro-Puerto Rican culture in East Harlem.

  • CCCADI Saturdays, family-oriented cultural programming for New York City families and children (to launch @ new Firehouse headquarters late 2016).