Ethnic Development Highlights: Cultural Affairs

CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE


  

  Plans, organizes, schedules and implements cultural programs and events; provides staff assistance to commissions, committees and other organizations; conducts field research to assist in establishing goals and activities; prepares recommendations on cultural program development and implements programs through liaison with community groups, educational organizations, libraries and governmental agencies; assists in the conceptual design and supervises the graphic execution of promotional themes and campaigns; coordinates and/or performs various public relation activities prepares speeches, scripts, exhibits, films, newsletters, and press releases to publicize cultural programs; develops and coordinates a wide variety of cultural programs and events to increase community involvement and interest; works with officials, volunteers and others to develop, promote and implement cultural exhibits, activities and programs; assists in the formulation and preparation of grant applications and other sources of revenue generation; represents the county in local, regional and state cultural events; coordinates workshops in cooperation with local artists, educational organizations and community groups; maintains the inventory and coordinates the display art work; assists in the appropriate exchange of exhibits; and maintains current information on Arts Commission projects. 

Traditional African Religion and Culture

 

Head of Research at the Afrikania Mission, Osofo Kofitse Ahadzi says Christianity and Islam have rather failed to change people's behaviour as exhibited by the increase in social vices in the country.

Osofo Ahadzi says his mission is against using state funds to finance the teaching of RME in schools because it constitutes mental enslavement of children to adore foreign cultures.

Our Cultural Community

Martin's Interculture

 The mission of the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), established in 1982 acknowledges and honors the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artists, including: songwriters, performers,  promoters and musicians. Produced by Martin’s International & Associates, the IRAWMA has been staged in many major cities including: Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, New York, as well as both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The impetus behind the IRAWMA is it’s commitment to promoting greater participation and acceptance of Reggae, Caribbean and World Music, internationally. 

Africa International House

 The mission of Africa International House is to serve as a center that exposes and educates all peoples to the individual works and collective contributions of African cultures.  Our mission is addressed through our flagship program, the African Festival of the Arts, and through other activities that promote African-based culture. Africa International House is an umbrella for linkages and exchanges of people from Africa and the African Diaspora.”   

Dusable Museum

 The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first museum of its type in the country and is the only major independent institution in Chicago established to preserve and interpret the historical experiences and achievements of African Americans 

The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians

  The AACM may best be known for its leading-edge public concerts featuring some of the most accomplished, versatile and innovative musicians performing original creative music. The organization takes particular pride in developing new generations of talent through the free music training program conducted by members for city youth, the AACM School of Music. 

Kemetic Institute

 The Kemetic Institute reflects the renaissance of world history and provides a place where people visually link with there commonly shared past and their commonly shared cultures. 

Pan-African Association

 

Making a Difference

Since opening its doors, the Pan-African Association has served thousands of people in many ways:  people may have come to the Pan-African Association with issues concerning education, immigration, housing, employment, or a sense of dislocation in their community. Through our services, obstaclesare overcome, and hope is renewed, not only through the provision of services, but by providing a physical space for Africans and people of African descent to come together and support one another. 

Our Cultural Legacy

Shrine of the Black Madonna

  It is imperative that black Americans regain their cultural identity not only in order to affect a stable relationship between themselves and society, but also in order to survive as fully functioning people. In 1970, under Rev. Cleage’s direction, Barbara Martin (Cardinal Nandi) set about the task of creating a center for black culture and heritage, the Sudan Import Specialty Shop. 

PolicyLink

 

Founded in 1999, PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity.

Guided by the belief that those closest to the nation’s challenges are central to finding solutions, PolicyLink relies on the wisdom, voice, and experience of local residents and organizations. Lifting Up What Works is our way of focusing attention on how people are working successfully to use local, state, and federal policy to create conditions that benefit everyone, especially people in low-income communities and communities of color. 

Distinctive Schools

 The mission of Distinctive Schools, an educational practice leader committed to social justice and the elevation of access and achievement in under served communities, is to support each child in becoming an engaged and curious learner, a confident self-advocate, and a creative problem-solver by setting high expectations and nurturing a positive culture that honors diversity, collaboration, and optimism. 

United African Organization

 United African Organization is a dynamic coalition of African community-based organizations that promotes social and economic justice, civic participation, and empowerment of African immigrants and refugees in Illinois. 

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The African Development Plan is a CALL TO ACTION to all African Descendant People worldwide to unite and take pride in our African identity. To begin to study our collective history, assess our communities’ assets, resources and needs and focus our attention and skills in creating and implementing Sustainable Solutions that meet Africa and her Diaspora’s numerous challenges.  Taking an African Centered approach to Education and Leadership Development and creating the Next Generation of Leaders who will put African people's interest first.

​​​South Side Community Art Center

Margaret Burroughs and other African American artists banded together determined to find a venue to showcase their art.  Through dedicated fundraising efforts,  3831 S. Michigan was purchased as the home of the SSCAC.  President Roosevelt's WPA Initiative paid artists' salaries. The SSCAC is the only African American Art Center of its kind opened under the WPA Initiative to remain continuously open.

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt delivered the dedication speech at the SSCAC Saturday, May 7, 1941 at 3:00p.m.  The event was covered by all major local and national networks of the day.  

The SSCAC became a Chicago Historic Landmark in June 1994.

Cultural Development

Universal Negro Improvement Association

 The Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities’ League is a social, friendly, humanitarian, charitable, educational, institutional, constructive, spiritually governing ruling body, and is founded by persons, desiring to the utmost, to work for the general uplift of the Negro peoples of the world. And the members pledge themselves to do all in their power to conserve the rights of their noble race and to respect the rights of all mankind, believing always in the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God.
The motto of the organization is: “One God! One Aim! One Destiny!” Therefore, let justice be done to all mankind, realizing that if the strong oppresses the weak confusion and discontent will ever mark the path of man, but with love, faith and charity towards all the reign of peace and plenty will be herded into the world and the generations of men shall be called blessed. 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

 The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. 

National Black United Front

 

The National Black United Front(NBUF) is a coalition made up of individuals and organizations working together for the benefit of all people of African descent. 

The "Black United Front" is an organization made up of concerned and committed individuals and organizations who have united to assume responsibility for working and leading the struggle for a better life for themselves and their children. The Black United Front is a broad-based organization which includes all social, political, religious and cultural sections of the Black community. It is the young, the elderly, the students, the imprisoned, the workers, and the dropout all working together to overcome our common problems. In the words of Marcus Garvey, "Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will."

All-African People's Revolutionary Party

 

Africa Must Unite

The concept of African unity embraces the fundamental needs and characteristics of African civilization and ideology, and at the same time satisfies all the conditions necessary for an accelerated economic and technological advance. Such maximum development would ensure a rational utilization of the material resources and human potential of our continent along the lines of an integrated economy, and within complementary sectors of production, eliminating all unnecessary forms of competition, economic alienation and duplication.

NATIONAL COALITION OF BLACKS FOR REPARATIONS IN AMERICA

 

The Reparations Campaign, for Black people in the United States, emerged more than one hundred years ago as the U.S. Federal Government was trying to survive the ravages of warfare among it's citizen. In the wake of the bitter hostilities from the Civil War a decision was made to release from bondage millions of then enslaved Africans. Organizations and individuals have carried the demand for reparations farther into the twentieth century. Many of them have become a part of today's Reparations Campaign which is being spearheaded by N'COBRA.

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

 On February 1, 1960, a group of black college students from North Carolina A&T University refused to leave a Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina where they had been denied service. This sparked a wave of other sit-ins in college towns across the South. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, or SNCC (pronounced "snick"), was created on the campus of Shaw University in Raleigh two months later to coordinate these sit-ins, support their leaders, and publicize their activities. (Read more...)

Chicago Cultural Centers

Harold Washington Cultural Center

  Located in Bronzeville, the cultural center features concerts, sound engineering courses, TV and radio broadcasting facilities, a computer resource library and plenty more having to do with arts and culture. Events on the program include laser light shows and a winter blues festival. The center pays homage to the late Chicago mayor with 40,000 square feet dedicated to culture and statue near the building's entrance. 

South Shore Cultural Center

 

The Gem of the Southside

Affectionately called The Gem of The Southside, the South Shore Cultural Center opened its doors as a Chicago Park District facility in 1984. Having primarily served the Avalon, Chatham, Hyde Park, Woodlawn and South Shore communities, the Center presently serves the greater Chicago-land area with its innovative cultural programs and standing partnerships with arts organizations and providers, attractive grounds and historical architectural magnificence. (read more... )

Chicago Cultural Center

 Drawn by its beauty and the fabulous free public events, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to the Chicago Cultural Center every year, making it one of the most visited attractions in Chicago. The stunning landmark building is home to two magnificent stained-glass domes, as well as free music, dance and theater events, films, lectures, art exhibitions and family events. Read More 

Minianka African Drum & Dance Ensemble

 MINIANKA is a community of artists immersed in traditional West African music, song, dance and folklore. Rooted deep in the cultural essence of the Old Mali Empire, MINIANKA also focuses on the expression of this heritage in African American and
Caribbean Culture. 

Muntu Dance Theater

 In the Bantu language, "muntu" means "The Essence of Humanity." It's what the Company seeks to express in their work and to touch in their audiences. Through its performances, Muntu strives to create an atmosphere of communal participation, encouraging and inspiring audiences and participants to join in the celebration!   

WEST INDIAN FOLK DANCE COMPANY

After a decade of touring Europe, Baker returned home to Jamaica a relatively seasoned professional, and recognizing the need to create and maintain an authentic West Indian Dance company in his native hometown of Montego Bay, he took the challenge. In 1971, “Mr. Baker” founded and served as artistic director and choreographer of the Dance Co. The West Indian Folk Dance Company eventually migrated to Chicago as part of a cultural exchange program in 1978, sponsored by the Jamaican government.

Najwa Dance Corps

 "A living archive of dance history", Najwa Dance Corps presents an exciting repertoire that spans the eras of the African-American heritage. Always entertaining, the company's performances showcase a breathtaking diversity of dance styles in a historical context. From the rituals of traditional Africa to the glamorous chorus girls of the swing era, Najwa Dance Corps brings joyous, fascinating life to the different cultures that have contributed to contemporary American dance. 

Cultural Musicians

RhythmAndBlues (pdf)

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Hip Hop Generation (pdf)

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The Jazz Forum (pdf)

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Home of the Blues (pdf)

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Sixties Hard Rock Bands (pdf)

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WorldMusic (pdf)

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eta CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION

 eta seeks to be a major cultural resource institution for the preservation, perpetuation and promulgation of the African American aesthetic. Toward this end, eta shall provide professional opportunities by way of training and performance for the development of both youth and adults as artists and technicians; sales for visual artists through the gallery and exposure for the general public to authentic, valid projections of African American lifestyles, experiences and aspirations. 

Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater

 The mission of the  Black Ensemble Theater   is to eradicate racism and its damaging effects upon our society through the utilization of theater arts. BE achieves its mission through productions and programs that perpetuate the history of the African American people, while reaching out to a cross-cultural audience and serving disenfranchised communities. 

Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre

 The purpose of the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre is to promote the progress of creativity and education in the performing arts as well as to assist children in receiving quality instruction in technique and dance appreciation. We hope to bring together professionals and students interested in performing arts education by providing resources and the opportunity to realize their visions. We  hope to preserve and develop the legacy of the African American dance traditions of the 20th century.

Black Age of Comics Convention Onli Studios

 THE BLACK AGE OF COMICS GENRE & MOVEMENT WERE BOLDLY LAUNCHED IN 1993 BY TURTEL ONLI AS AN OPEN SOURCE MOVEMENT IN CREATIVITY, CULTURE & COMMERCE.. THE FIRST BLACK AGE OF COMICS CONVENTION WAS GIVEN IN CHICAGO IL, FEB. 1993. THE TERM, "THE BLACK AGE OF COMICS", CELEBRATES CREATORS & PRODUCTS DERIVED FROM THE BLACK, URBANE, INDIE, AFRICAN OR COSMIC EXPERIENCE. BLACK AGE IS COPYRIGHT TURTEL ONLI 2012 

Yoruba Arts Foundation

 One of the first five artists honored by Diasporal Rhythms in 2003, Makeba Kedem-Dubose studied interior design at Harrington College of Design. She has been an established Chicago-based, multidisciplinary visual artist, curator and arts educator for over 20 years.  (read more... ) 

Mystic Vibes TV Segment

 

 Zezel McKenzie

Executive Producer  Mystic Vibes TV Chicago:Over 14 years as Executive Producer of the television program,  Mystic Vibes which airs on the CAN TV Network, Cable Channel 19 in Chicago, IL.   Also Writes, Directs, Edits and Coordinates Hosts and Talent. Has done extensive work featuring Caribbean festivals & Award Ceremonies.  Mystic Vibes TV on You Tube, Mysticvibestv's Blog

Cultural Resources

"Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide"

 ... is an international network of committed Reggae enthusiasts who have joined forces to spread the positive vibe of Reggae music. Daily we will move forward, educating humankind about our music. Always remembering the vision of "One Love." 

Jam'min Reggae Archives

 Nice Up Enterprises is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the principle that reggae music is a powerful force that can unite people of all walks of life. Our efforts to promote reggae music include maintaining the first and still one of the Internet's foremost Reggae web sites since 1992, the Jammin Reggae Archives, hosting a Virtual Reggae radio show broadcast on the Internet for 11 years, writing for such publications as Dub Missive, active participation in the organization Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide (RAW), and helping reggae artists and fans however we can. Check out the awards the archives has received. 

USA Based Reggae Bands

 i believe strongly that this USABB subject is one that will prove crucial in advancing reggae music in this huge country, geographic wise and population wise. i further believe that we in the usa can serve as a vital link in promoting inity among all reggae musicians (in fact all of the reggae massive) not only in the usa but all over the world. we are one among many but we are strong when we choose to unite and educate. - Roots-ee 

IRIE LION

 

IRIELION.COM is thé online reggae agenda for Belgium and the Netherlands.

We are an independent platform for all reggae related events in Belgium and the Netherlands. We’d like to be up-to date at all times, so we need your input as well!
Everyone can add new events to the website.

The Jamaican Alliance Movement

  To educate and promote acceptance of the Jamaican/Jamaican-American culture to the students, faculty and staff at the University of South Florida and in the local Tampa community. We aim to promote an environment conducive to mullti-cultural awareness and acceptance of the Jamaican/Jamaican-American culture through community service, social events, educational forums and the association of people. 

INSTITUTE OF POSITIVE EDUCATION, INC.

 Established in 1969, the Institute of Positive Education (IPE) is a non-profit, tax exempt, community service organisation located on the south-side of Chicago. Since its inception in the late 1960's IPE has been committed to African-Centered education.  During its forty-six plus years of operation, IPE has operated a preschool, elementary school, summer camp, teacher training center, extended day care program, parent resource library, parent study group, food co-op and has published informative quarterly bulletins on education, technology, science, politics and literature.