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.”

Defend Puerto Rico Exhibit 

Defend Puerto Rico Exhibit 

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.

The Annual Loiza Festival Retires After 50 Years

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 4:03PM

Dear Friends of the Loiza Festival in El Barrio,

Following the successful 50th anniversary of El Festival de Santiago Apostol was popularly known as The Loiza Festival, the founders have decided to retire the festival.  In July 2017, not only did it mark an incredible span of 50 years of exemplary performances featuring the rich Afro Puerto Rican culture rooted in El Barrio, but it celebrated the major accomplishment of renaming 105th Street and Lexington Avenue in honor of the festival and one of its founding members Aida Perez.  The festival filled with its rich traditions, music, culture, food, and history will now be remembered in perpetuity.

We are proud to acknowledge contributions made by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) when we were asked to partner with the founders to assist in the festival’s revitalization 7 years ago.  Ours has been a collaboration in its truest form and we have mutually learned so much from one another. Since becoming co-producers, the festival has once again become a renowned annual event that has remained true to its founding principles to providing a platform for celebrating Puerto Rican culture.  Since our partnership, La Fiesta de Loiza has witnessed a significant upswing having attracted over 30,000 people and has provided a platform for pioneer and emerging artists and musicians from within our communities.  It has played a major role in fostering transnational/ethnic unity by displaying the musical and cultural similarities we share as of people of Caribbean, Latinx, and African descent.

This year, Los Hermanos has offered CCCADI the opportunity to produce the festival.  While they have retired the festival as we know it, they are agreed that it is important to continue the tradition of hosting a festival that is truly rooted in the community of El Barrio.  As a result, we will present the first annual DESCARGA EN EL BARRIO: A Caribbean Music Festival on July 27, 28 and 29, as that, will first and foremost, remain committed to presenting a taste of Puerto Rican music and culture while expanding and including the diversity of Caribbean musical traditions that are found throughout our communities.  

We invite you to join us in thanking Los Hermanos Fraternos de Loiza for their long-standing commitment to the people of El Barrio and Puerto Ricans everywhere in having presented one of the oldest and most significant events known to the East Harlem community and for their confidence in turning over this event to CCCADI.  With the rapid changes occurring in our neighborhoods, it is essential that we continue the legacy they have started of providing a stage for the authentic voice and truest talent from our very own communities.

Sincerely, 

Melody Capote - Executive Director

 

Events

Descarga En El Barrio: A Caribbean Music Festival

Descarga En El Barrio: A Caribbean Music Festival

FREE

Join us July 27th / July 28th / July 29th for our 1st annual Descarga En El Barrio: A Caribbean Music Festival. #DescargaFest aims to highlight the cultural contributions of the Puerto Rican community that established El Barrio as home, preserve the memory of the recently retired Loiza Festival in El Barrio, and display the musical and cultural similarities people of Caribbean, Latinx, and African descent.

Events

Taste Joy: A Mental Wellness Workshop for QTPOC

Taste Joy: A Mental Wellness Workshop for QTPOC

FREE

"Taste Joy", will explore herbs and essential oils used in culinary settings to liven one's mood. The menu will include honeysuckle lemonade, lemon cupcakes with lavender icing, sorrel with ginger and rosehips, and rosewater lime sorbet. It is also a community potluck and participants are encouraged to bring a dish that brings them joy. We will sit on a painting made especially for the occasion, opening with a meditation and live improvised cello music. There will be free tarot readings for participants if they desire them. Come to create a communal space for wellness.

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