Online exchange program to examine the artistic and cultural experiences of the African Diaspora

Students and emerging artists from four core African diaspora countries (Bermuda, Brazil, UK and US) will participate in a new online student exchange program focusing on artistic and cultural experiences within the African diaspora.

African Diaspora ConsortiumLaunched on January 18, Michael Nettles African Diaspora Globalization Student and Artist Exchange is a one-semester online program. It will be hHosted by the African Diaspora Consortium (ADC), in partnership with the Edmund W. Gordon Institute for Urban & Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and led by ADC master artists Delfeayo Marsalis, trombonist and composer, and Katrina Andry, visual artist and printmaker.

Hundreds of years ago, for lack of a common language, African slaves gathered on Sundays in Congo Square in New Orleans to communicate through music, dance and art, ”says a press release for the event, which is still open for registrations. here. “Today, the arts powerfully connect the African Diaspora and the 1.2 billion people of African descent scattered around the world who collectively would constitute the third largest nation in the world.”

As part of the program, students from the four countries will share their own experiences and comparative knowledge regarding the diaspora and will focus on artistic engagement, community development and service learning projects.

“The African diaspora is a story so essential to understanding history and cultures, and to understanding human experiences, that it suffices to examine and tell it,” said the founder and president of the ‘ADC, Dr Kassie Freeman. “The Nettles Globalization Student and Artist Exchange recognizes that the arts have been and continue to be an essential part of this history. “

Nettles is the Senior Vice President of the Policy Evaluation Research Center at the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

James C. Tibbs