Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega established the center in 1976, inspired by a vision to create an international organization to promote and link communities of African She has guided the capital campaign for the renovation of the landmark firehouse at 120 East 125th Street that will be the Center’s new home. Dr. Moreno Vega has been an advocate for cultural equity cultural studies and education.   As the second director of El Museo del Barrio, one of the founders of the Association of Hispanic Arts, Network of Centers of Color and the Roundtable of Institutions of Colors Dr. Moreno Vega has contributed to assuring that the contributions of African and African descendants are integral to the lives of civil society in the Americas. She has conducted research in Yoruba belief systems in the African Diaspora and has organized international conferences uniting scholars and leading traditional experts focused on expanding the knowledge and importance of sacred African Diaspora traditions. Moreno Vega is co-founder of the Global Afro Latino and Caribbean Initiative (GALCI), a former program of Hunter College/Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program. She is chief editor ofWomen Warriors of the Afro-Latina Diaspora (Arte Publico Press) and author of The Altar of My Soul (One World/Ballantine, 2001). She is director and co-producer of the documentary When the Spirits D



Melody Capote joined the staff of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute in 1984 as development associate.  She was charged with the task of creating a capital campaign for the completion of their brownstone on West 58th Street in Manhattan, which was completed successfully.   She continued her work in the area of development with the task of identifying, expanding and securing private sector funding for the organization.   As a result she has created and established long-term relationships for CCCADI with the private philanthropic sector with such partners as the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Hearst Foundation, New York Community Trust, Time Warner and Con Edison. Additionally, Melody plays a vital role in government affairs assuring that the Center is ideally positioned for city and state funding for both programmatic and capital support. In her role as external affairs director, she has served as community affairs representative encouraging collaborations with local organizations like Loiza Festival/El Barrio, Lincoln Center, Studio Museum, Bronx Museum, the Apollo, Summer Stage, Roberto Clemente State Park and others. She is a graduate of the City College of New York and has received various certifications throughout her tenure including a fellowship in the Tennenbaum Leadership Institute at the New School, and Columbia University’s Not-for-Profit Executive Management Certification. She is married to Heriberto Capote and has two children, Jovan and Kailani.


education and public programs



Dan'etta Jimenez is responsible for  the management and development of CCCADI’s education, family programs, prospective new gallery initiatives, and the Center’s ICA Fellowship Program for arts professionals.  Ms. Jimenez was CCCADI’s first Director of Education and served for over 10 years. During her tenure, she developed the Center’s formative cross-cultural, African Diaspora-based curricular programs comprised of performance, visual, dance, and spoken word traditions. Prior to rejoining CCCADI, she was the Director of Education & Public Program at the Museum for African Art, and prior to that served as the Director of Education and Public Programs at the Weeksville Heritage Center. Ms. Jimenez holds a MS. Ed. degree in Museum Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, a B.A. in Liberal Studies conferred by Excelsior College, and program certification in Ethnic Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a program concentration in African American, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities. 



Kadrena Cunninghma is responsible for implementing and managing various aspects of education programs for schools and educators: including teacher professional development, administration and development of required program materials, and the tracking of expenses, documentation, and evaluation components. A dedicated educator, arts and culture professional with over fifteen years of experience Ms. Cunningham is adept at audience engagement and curation of authentic experiences through imaginative programming. Ms. Cunningham has an undergraduate degree in Graphic/Communication Design from Chicago State University, a Masters from Pratt Institute in Arts and Cultural Management and a Masters of Science in Leadership in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education.

suhaly bautista-carolina - director of programs 

Suhaly Bautista-Carolina is an artist, educator and community organizer. Before joining CCCADI as the Director of Public Programs, Suhaly served as the first Engagement & Education Manager at the public art nonprofit, Creative Time. She is the founder of the Afrofuturism book club, Black Magic and has worked in various capacities with organizations such as Artspace, FOKUS and The Brooklyn Children's Museum. In 2015, she was a panelist at ArtPrize7's "Reflecting the Times: Arts & Activism" alongside Dread Scott and Arts.Black. She is a 2016 alumna of CCCADI’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship and a recent graduate of Columbia University's Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute, "The Many Worlds of Black New York." Her photographic documents and writings have been published in Insight Magazine, United Nations’ International Museum of Women and Caribbean Vistas Journal. She has enjoyed solo exhibitions at NYU and La Casa Azul Bookstore. As of 2016, she is also a Weeksville Ambassador and Summer Arts Residency Fellow Scholarship recipient. Suhaly earned her B.A. and MPA from NYU, where she was named one of “NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students.” She lives in Brooklyn with her wife, Naiema.


Photo Credit: King Texas 

Photo Credit: King Texas 

Janet L. Sackey- Communications and Social Media coordinator 

Janet L. Sackey is a social media specialist, blogger, and aspiring artist dedicated to uniting the African Diaspora through communications initiatives. She graduated from West Chester University with a B.A in World History and Web Technology. Before joining the CCCADI staff, she was the Social Media Manager for One.1 Management and IB Talent Management. In 2012, she founded the music blog The Musical Hipster Feed to promote the underground, local and global music scenes. She was a 2015 participant in the NYCT Cultural Agenda Fund, Cultural Advocacy & Equity Program. In the future, she plans on having a website geared towards the narratives of people of color and having an online globally influenced shop. Janet manages all communications, social media accounts, digital work, PR assignments, and collateral development.


Nicole reiner-Director of development

Nicole Reiner is an arts administrator, fundraiser and writer dedicated to developing holistic strategies to achieve nonprofit organizational success and sustainability. Nicole built a strong foundation working in the development offices of two of the largest art museums in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, before connecting with her passion for the grassroots work of community-based organizations like CCCADI. A 2015 alumna of CCCADI’s Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship for culturally diverse mid-career professionals, Nicole holds an M.A. in Museum Studies from New York University and a B.A. in Art History from Grinnell College and her thinking on the post-colonial and neoliberal contexts of U.S. museums has been published in the International Journal of the Inclusive Museum (2013) and Rutgers Art Review (2016).