The Art of Justice II


An InterActive Presentation/Conversation

Thursday, March 10, 2016

NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis


On March 10th, 2016, Policymakers, researchers, scholars, and cultural activist came together at The Art of Justice 2 to call for more equitable funding in organizations of color and social justice arts. The conversation focused on the roots of inequity in the arts with the intent of recommending constructive actions and methods of creating equity now and in the future, while also affirming the importance of sustaining community based organizations that reflect the cultural diversity and art forms of our vibrant city and nation/or of our people. 

Speakers included: Laurie Cumbo, M.A., New York City Councilmember, Founder of MoCADA; Holly Sidford, President, Helicon Collaborative; Dudley Cocke, Artistic Director, Roadside Theater/Appalshop; Esmeralda Simmons, Esq., Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Justice, Medgar Evers College; David Rios, Director of Public Programming Children’s Museum of Manhattan and others.

Presented in partnership with Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University; Institute of African American Affairs, New York University; Tisch School of the Arts Department of Art and Public Policy, New York University; Institute of African American Affairs, New York University; And Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University. Co-sponsored by Latino Studies Department, New York University.


Saturday, February 27 - Sunday, February 28, 2016

City College Center for the Arts-City College of New York


CCCADI’s Trade/itions Symposium was a two-day event that explored the points of Orisha intersections through an artistic, activist, and 21st Century lens. These global traditions came to life through music, dance, panel-dialogue sessions, altar installations, and the moving image. The event, which drew people from California, North Carolina, Baltimore, Cuba, and the tri-state area, showcased the connections between spiritual beliefs, cultural traditions, and activism, with a focus on their manifestations today. Programs and activities included diverse expressions and holders of these traditions from throughout the Americas: Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, and the United States.

Presenters included: Baba Neil Clarke with Iyesá Drum Ensemble, & featured Akpon, Amma McKen; Master Cuban Percussionist, Roman Diaz & Ensemble, and from Trinidad, Something Positive.


Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement

Series of 3

November 7th, 2015

NYU’s Hemmerdinger Hall Silver Building


With a particular focus on the Black and Nuyorican Arts Movements, The Art of Justice I: Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic of the Movement conference presented the ideas, and aesthetics of those earlier movements who seamlessly married aesthetics, politics and activism, altering the fabric of the country. The look into the past provided context for a conversation about the potential directions of social movements in the Age of Ferguson. The Art of Justice is a series of three thematic gatherings on the intersection of art and justice.

Presenters included: Diane Fraher, Ademola Olugbefola, John Kuo Wei Tchen, Dindga McCannon, Felipe Luciano, Woddie King, Kwame,Brathwaite, Randy Weston, Hiram Maristany, Monica O. Montgomery, Valerie Maynard, Elizabeth C. Yeampierre and Shola Lynch among others.

Presented by Caribbean Cultural Center-African Diaspora Institute in Collaboration with Tisch School of the Arts Department of Art & Public Policy, New York University; Institute of African American Affairs, New York University; and Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University.


October 29th, November 5th, 12th, and 19th, 2015

RAW Space @ ImageNation


Scholar, and world-renowned Akpon, Frank Bell, led participants through a participatory series of Orisha song and introductory information workshops. Each workshop showcased specific Orisha groupings, based on their pantheon location, as well as their assigned universal force.  Sessions were taught as follows:

1. Warriors – Elegba, Ogun, Ochosi – Oct 29th

2. Powerful Female Orisha – Yemaya, Oya, and Oshun– Nov 5th

3. Creators, Earth & Gate Keepers- Obatala, Aganyu, and Orula – Nov 12th

4. Communal Session for all Orisha – Nov 19th


October 23rd , 2015

Harlem School of the Arts


Kicking off the academic year, this Dear Diaspora Open House was especially designed for New York City educators. Free professional development opportunities rooted in the unique offerings of CCCADI’s Touching Living Culture (T.L.C.) Arts Education Programs were provided.

Workshops for educators included the following:

Grades PreK-2 | Storytelling and Music from the African Diaspora

Grades 3-5 | Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena Dance and Music

Grades 6-8 | 19th Century Black America Through Improv Theater

Grades 9-12 | Visual Arts- Teaching History, Geography, and Culture Through Artist Profiles

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month!


September 24th - October 15th, 2015


CCCADI’s #TalkingAfroLatino Chat Series consisted of 4 conversation series conducted via Twitter running from September 24, 2015 to October 15, 2015. As an integral part of celebrating Latino Heritage Month at CCCADI, these online talks invited Afrolatinas and Afrolatinos from different backgrounds to engage in conversations about Afrodescendants in the Latin American  Community. Each of the online talks was co-hosted by a guest whose perspective and work promotes Afrolatinidad.


Chat Series:

Navigating Afrolatino Identity - September 24 2015

Guest: Dash Harris Producer of NEGRO Mini Documentary


Beauty, fashion and cultural appropriation in the Afrolatino Community - October 1 2015

Guest: Tanya Melendez of Nena Soul Fly Fashion Line


Where are the Afrolatinos? The Latino Portrayal in Media- October 8 2015

Guest: Janel Martinez of "Aint I Latina" Website


Where do we stand today? Trump, Shadism and the Decade of African Descendants - October 15, 2015

Guest: Amilcar Priestley Director of the AfroLatin@® Project

Guest: Jay Espy Community Organizer and Founder of Revolutionary-AfroLatino Blog.

Full conversations can still be found under the #CCCADICHAT and #TalkingAfrolatino hashtags.

In Collaboration with El Barrio Music Center & Augusto Records


September 5th, 2015

Taino Towers


The 10th Annual International Latin/Tropical Music Collectors Festival celebrated the genres of Salsa, Montuno, and Guaguanco. Attendees participated in a full day of rare & one of a kind record collectors’ showcases & displays, vendors, music, panel discussions, and dance.

Musical Presentation by Jose Mangual, Jr. y Su Orquesta

CCCADI in partnership with Lincoln Center Out of Doors presents:


August 2nd, 2015

Damrosch Park Bandshell


Presented in collaboration with Silvana Magda’s Lavagem de Rua (“the cleansing of streets”), the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute brought together artists representing countries of the diaspora including Brazil, Cuba, Trinidad, Haiti, Puerto Rico, and more. In this full night of performances, audiences enjoyed different roads of song, music, and dance travelled on the path to a joyful destiny.  

Featuring: Gilson Menezes Santos Dorea (former lead singer of Araketo), Alexandre Cortes de Barros, a section of Baianas, members of the Afoxe of Filhas de Gandhy, drummers from Brazil, Something Positive from Trinidad, Legacy Circle from the Dominican Republic, Ashe Dance from Haiti, Amma McKen, and Grupo Oriefun from Cuba.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a yearly event that brings world-class music, dance, and spoken word to the plazas of Lincoln Center. CCCADI has had the honor to curate an African Diaspora weekend for over the past 10 years.  

Presented by Los Hermanos Fraternos de Loiza and CCCADI


July 24th to July 26th

E 105th St. Between Park and Lexington, East Harlem/El Barrio New York


The Festival of Santiago Apostol commonly known as the Loiza Festival del Barrio took place the weekend of July 24th- July 26th. As every other year, Afrolatin@s from all boroughs gathered to celebrate Afro Puerto Rican traditions at the 3-days festival in East Harlem, El Barrio.

Presenters included: Bomba Yo, Retumba!, DJ Geko Jones, Danza Fiesta, Legacy Women, among others.

Co-presented by CCCADI and The Schomburg Center for Research


May 20th, 2015

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Harlem


This program, co-presented by CCCADI and The Schomburg Center for Research, consisted of a dance anthology that explored the cultural and ecological importance of water. It delved deep into the spiritual mandate in the nature based esoteric traditions of the African Diaspora, highlighting the importance of preserving this and other natural resources.

Presenters included the Paloma McGregor's ensemble, Michael Manswell of Something Positive, members of Afro Mosaic Soul, Jamie Philbert and Blitz Bazawule (known by the stage name Blitz the Ambassador).


March 28th, 2015

Julia de Burgos Performance and Arts Center


Drawing inspiration from the Brazilian Mae de Santo Mulheres de Axe coalition, the 28th Annual Women of Power celebrated that unmistakable drive of Spirit that women have harnessed to shift, confront, and empower. Attendees engaged in a day of conversation and performance honoring our spirit force as Mulheres de Axe!

Participants included: Dowoti Desir, Silvana Magda, Manuela Arciniegas, NYC Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, NYC Councilwoman Julissa Ferraras, Olaronke Akinmowo, Natalia Harris, QueenGodis, Loira Limbal, Zeinab Eyega, Gloria Rodriguez, Yolanda Sangweni, Asha Bandele, Janvieve Comrie, Esperanza Martell, Dolapo Adedapo. Performance by Jadele Orun Kori.

In Partnership with AfriPOP! And Weeksville Heritage Center


Exhibition On View: February 4 to March 14, 2015

Conference on February 21st, 12 - 8pm

Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn


After Afropolitan Exhibition & Conference brought authors, journalists performers, scholars, artists that are actively pushing the boundaries on how we think of the global African Diaspora, past, present, and future in one vibrant days of performances, screenings, and interactive panel discussions.

Presenters included: journalist, Farai Gundan; Ghana Must Go author, Taiye Selasi; scholars Sean Jacobs, and Bernadette Atuahene, musician and filmmaker Siji, among others.

Media partner: AKILA WORKSONGS