Monica Rojas (Project Director, originally from Peru [monicamrojas.com], and director of the DE CAJóN Project [decajonproject.org]) reached out to five other artist leaders representing five different nationalities and artistic communities in Seattle (Sharon Cronin, Puerto Rico, Grupo Bayano; Silvio Dos Reis, ICAF-Seattle, Brazil; Iris Viveros, Mexico, Seattle Fandango Project and Guelaguetza; Ricardo Güity, Honduras, Hagucha Garinagu-Garifuna Roots; and Bobby Smith, Cuba, Todo Folklore Cubano) early 2013 to come together and plan a month-long season of arts education events highlighting the contributions of people of African descent in Latin America and the Spanish Caribbean.
With the support of a Matching Fund from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods we conducted four community forums in different parts of Seattle to brainstorm as a community what we would like to see implemented in an Afrolatino arts education event. The response was overwhelming. We reached about 500 community members and collected information from the forums, surveys and interviews with elders and key informants.
This video provides a general overview of that planning stage, shows scenes from all 4 community forums and interviews with some planning artists and key informants.
With the research collected we are now ready to implement the calendar of events for 2014 while we form a non-for-profit organization called MÁS - Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle
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