CCCADI’s Educator Professional Development: I am…A Cultural Revolutionary

May 23, 2018 | 4:30pm – 8:00pm

The Education Department of CCCADI is excited to offer educators an evening event centered on exploring art and cultural resistance. The evening will include a wine reception, special community tour, lecture-presentation, and hands-on art-making workshop. Educators will receive CCCADI information and lesson plan materials connected to CCCADI’s Teaching Living Cultures (TLC) K-12 Arts Education programs, and TLC school gallery tour programs.
Program Schedule:
4:30 pm | Check-in & Wine Reception
4:50 pm | Welcome & Intros
5:00 pm – 6:15 pm:
(Activity A) Mi Querido Barrio/My Beloved Community Guided Tour with Museum Educator, Carlos Jesus Dominguez Martinez
East Harlem houses some of the most iconic visual art and impactful cultural history of the African Diaspora. While exploring just a small part of our vibrant community, you’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of the art forms and some of the cultural leaders connected to its collective resistance, survival, and successes. Space is limited. *This tour will be limited to 25 educators.
(Activity B) It’s A Pinkster Presentation! with Associate Professor, Master Percussionist, Chief Baba Neil Clarke
Presentation, workshop, & conversation focused on the 18th and 19th century Pinkster Festivals. With the incorporation of many sustained African cultural traditions and beliefs, both freed and enslaved Africans used the time of Pinkster as one of the earliest known Black cultural resistance celebrations in North America.
6:30 pm – 7:45 pm | Power thru Print: A Zine Making Workshop with activist and educator, Nicole Acosta-Nemergut
Zines are as powerful as any other form of art and design, and a great way for your students to think and express themselves on current issues. Usually associated with the Punk, Feminist, and Queer movements, among others, these self-published cut and paste booklets have served as a platform to practice resistance and address issues ignored by the mainstream media. It is strongly suggested to bring any writings you’ve already done, old magazines, and any other fun political art you might want to incorporate.
8:00 pm | DismissalCost: FREE

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
120 East 125th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues
New York NY 10035

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National Tap Day: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson Birthday Tribute Performance

May 25, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

The Schomburg Center has partnered with Divine Rhythms Productions to debut the performance, Raising The Bar. Conceived and choreographed by Award-winning collaborators, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels-Smith, Raising The Bar is a new revue celebrating the timeless relationship between Tap Dance and Jazz: two of the most popular original African-American art forms that has since been embraced worldwide.

Raising The Bar challenges perceptions of the standard chorus line, where dancers are instead offered moments to shine in their own right, through dynamic and intricate arrangements. Reminiscent of great American Vaudeville, the show concept while inspired by the era, includes a more contemporary feel. Solo acts feature some of the Tap community’s own leading voices across styles and generations. @SchomburgCenter #BojanglesBday

Cost: FREE

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037

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Melissa Slocum – Harlem Jazz Series

Melissa SlocumMay 22, 2018 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Melissa Slocum has been performing worldwide since 1982, and worked with such legends as Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw and Hank Jones. Comfortable in genres ranging from duo to big band, traditional to avant garde, she performed and recorded with Charli Persip and Superband, Ralph Peterson and the Fo’tet, Avery Brooks with Craig Harris, Howard Johnson and Gravity, Dakota Staton, Kevin Mahogany, the Firey String Sistas, and the all woman big band DIVA, among many others. Television appearances include Newport Jazz Festival 1999, Kennedy Center 25th Anniversary Gala, BET Interview, CBS Sunday Morning, CNN with the Kevin Mahogany Quintet and CBS News with Lionel Hampton.  Ms. Slocum holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.


1st set: Noon – 12:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11:30am

Price: $15

Greater Calvary Baptist Church 
43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave
New York NY 10027 US

James Brandon Lewis Trio – Harlem Jazz Series

May 18, 2018 7:00pm – 9:00pm

James Brandon Lewis (b. 1983 Buffalo, NY) is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, composer, recording artist and educator. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, Q Magazine and cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in today’s scene. Lewis has shared the stage with Ken Filano, Darius Jones and Jason Hwang, William Parker, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake, Ravi Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Mark Ribot, Anthony Coleman and many others. Jazz legend Sonny Rollins endorsed Lewis as a “promising young player with the potential to do great things having listened to the Elders.” New York Times had this to say, “James Brandon Lewis is a jazz saxophonist in his ‘30s, raw toned but measured, doesn’t sound steeped in the current jazz academy values; there’s an independence about him.” Lewis leads numerous ensembles and is the co-founder of Poetry Music Ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Lewis attended Howard University, with a MFA from California Institute of the Arts.


James Brandon Lewis – sax, Brad Jones – bass, and Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

1st set: 7pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm

House doors open at 7:30pm

Price: $20

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027

Summer on the Hudson: Friday Freshen Up

May 25, 2018 to August 24, 2018 – 7:00pm – 8:00pm (Fridays)

Get out to the park and kick off the weekend with some local sounds at this monthly musical get-happy hour.

Freshen Up Fridays take place on the last Friday of the month from May through August (every 4th Friday of every month between 5/25/2018 and 8/24/2018).

May 25 – Danielle Martin / Alternative Soul
June 29 – Nicolas Emden / Indie South American Folk
July 27 – The GroovaLottos / a funky good time of soul-funk-blues
Aug 24 – Jazze Belle / @jazzebellemusic

Cost: FREE

West Harlem Piers
125th Street and Marginal Street
New York NY

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Sousou Saturdays

Sousou Saturdays at CCCADI
May 19, 2018 | 11:30am – 3:00pm
The SouSou! Saturdays program is inspired by the cooperative economic practice is known throughout the African Diaspora by such names as “Colecta”, “Box Hand”, “San”, “Partna”, or “Sou-Sou”. We’ve borrowed from, and transformed this long-standing practice of collective trust, and contribution into a “cultural SouSou” for the community.

Families with kids ages 4-12, come and enjoy community, and learning, while making art, dance, music, and much more! . This season, we are delighted to be joined by Callaloo Kids, CCCADI’S newest artists-in-residence! Their entertaining style of puppet theater highlights a unique brand of cultural literacy and social awareness.

Cost: $5 for adults; $3.00 for seniors and students (with ID); Free for CCADI Landmark members and children under 6 yrs old.

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

120 East 125th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues
New York NY 10035

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Early Birds @ El Museo

May 19, 2018 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

We invite families with children on the autism spectrum to comfortably explore El Museo before it opens to the public through sensory-guided visits and hands-on workshops.

Recommended for kids ages 5 to 12 years old. Siblings’ welcome! Support for Early Birds is made possible thanks to the generous support of TD Bank.

Cost: FREE ADMISSION. Please visit website to RSVP.

El Museo del Barrio New York
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street
New York NY 1002

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Korean Street Festival

May 19, 2018 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Cultural activities, live performances and free Korean food!

Cost: FREE

Harlem – 134th Street between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd & Frederick Douglass Blvd
New York, NY



Yayoi Ikawa – Harlem Jazz Series


May 25, 2018 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, pianist/composer/educator Yayoi Ikawa is an experience in ingenuity and compassion. Being exposed to the diverse music scene in New York, Yayoi plays Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, African, and Caribbean music. Using music as a powerful communication tool, Yayoi strives to lift up humanity through understanding and encouraging herself and others. After a Nippon Crown release “Angel Eyes” in 2004, she self-produced “Color of Dreams” displaying her original compositions. In 2008, Yayoi started “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between different cultures. Yayoi has worked with Reggie Workman, Michael Carvin, Howard Johnson, Michal Urbaniak, Salim Washington, Emeline Michel, James Germain, Daniel Bernard Roumain, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The Meditations, Kaissa, Blitz the Ambassador, St Paul Baptist Church in Montclair NJ, the International Jazz and Dance Academy in Slovenia and more. Her musical activities can be seen on


Yayoi Ikawa – piano/composition

1st set: 7:00pm – 7:45pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00pm – 8:45pm

House doors open at 6:30pm

Price: $15

Walking Harlem: The Ultimate Guide to the Cultural Capital of Black America

May 19, 2018 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm

The Schomburg Shop is hosting Karen Taborn and the launch of her new book from Rutgers University Press, Walking Harlem: The Ultimate Guide to the Capital of Black America. Walking Harlem is an illustrated guide of five different walking tours throughout Harlem, each revealing distinctly rich histories of the neighborhood through past and present landmarks.

The afternoon will include a short walking tour with the author which will begin and end at the Schomburg Center, followed by a Q&A and signing reception in the Langston Hughes Lobby.

Cost: FREE

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037

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