Afrolatin@ Project, Inc.

Artistic Discipline: InterdisciplinaryMultidisciplinary
Category: Local Arts Support
Grant Year: 2020
Location: Starrett City

The Afrolatin@ Project is a resource center and cultural advocate for the documentation and preservation of the cultures, histories, and experiences of Afrodescendant people in the Americas. Afrolatin@’s programs advance their studies and grass root cultural preservation. Through oral histories, digital learning, cultural performances, and educational conferences, they expand the conversation about identity, culture & justice for people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean in the new millennium.

The Afrolatin@ Project co-produces various technical and educational elements of the Afro-Latino Festival NYC. Despite strides made by the 150 Million+ Afrodescendants in and from Latin America in gaining greater visibility and recognition as to their rights and societal contributions, much work remains. The Festival is curated with a unique understanding of how various elements of the community seek to continue growing this visibility. By striking the proper balance of culture and politics, the Festival presents Afro-Latin American art and culture without stripping away its social context. At a time when many are beginning to realize there is an audience for Afrolatinx culture, they are uniquely positioned to ensure the proper presentation thereof. This is important because it allows us to harness their cultural platform as a way to further develop a sense of community and political voice.