MISSION + VISION
The Afro Caribbean Cultural Center (ACCC) is a vibrant home for Caribbean Taino and afro-descendent cultures, in Connecticut. Our Center without walls philosophy means we will perform our work in spaces (art and cultural institutions) that already exist.
A multi-disciplinary center, ACCC integrates the arts, education, activism, and conscious cultural tourism to foster social transformation. We document and present the creative genius of African Diaspora cultures; prepare the next generation of cultural leaders; and unite Diaspora communities.
ACCC carries out its mission through public art exhibitions, performances, educational programs, workshops, conferences, and international exchanges. Our goal is focused on reaching the Afro-Latinx diaspora of the region/state.
ACCC is regarded as a pioneer in the field and an authentic source of the historic living traditions of Taino/afro-descendent communities in the State of Connecticut. Our programs and pedagogy are informed by Afro-Atlantic aesthetics and philosophies. We are an accessible community resource and a trusted bridge linking afro-descendent artists and communities across the state, region, and world. ACCC consciously cultivates multi-generational audiences acknowledging the unique gifts of community elders, adults, and youth. Our initiatives and our audiences reflect the dynamic kaleidoscope of global Taino and afro-Latinx culture.
We envision a world in which the rich legacy of diverse Taino and African cultures are valued and embraced as an integral part of world cultures. We actively work to create a world in which Taino/ afro-descendent people:
Have access to culturally relevant arts education, and cultural activities.
Are guaranteed equal rights and opportunities to make a sustainable living for themselves and their families.
Live in communities that are safe, healthy, beautiful, and vibrant.
Leverage their cultural traditions as a source of wisdom, power, pride, healing, and thriving.
Understand and engage with the global diversity of Taino/Black cultural expressions.
Use our creativity to empower our people as artists, thinkers, and leaders within our homes, schools, and communities - and in our major cultural institutions that present our contributions to humanity.
We envision a community that values and embodies the contributions of all and promotes cultural equity for communities of color through public policies and resource distribution.