The Cross-Cultural Coalition (CCC) is located within Railroad Square Art Park, in the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area (as officially designated by the City of Tallahassee) between FSU and FAMU.
Formed in 2009 to provide an alliance of arts organizations and individuals among the Square’s tenants, CCC is registered in the State of Florida as a 501c-3 non-profit corporation. It is currently directed by Janet L. (Jan) DeCosmo, Ph.D., who has been working with the organization since 2014 as a board member and scholar/advisor.
CCC collaborates with smaller non-profit groups and individuals (see below) to offer them a space to meet and rehearse, and to help expand their visibility and vision within the Southside community.
Two annual events sponsored by CCC are family festivals: Caribé! in the fall, and ArtiGras in the spring.
Caribé! focuses on the arts and crafts, music, dance, food, and folklife of the Caribbean. Its highlight is an exciting parade of participants who have created their own masks and costumes, led by a Bahamian Junkanoo band. A family festival, Caribé! seeks especially to involve elementary, secondary and high school students from the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area.
ArtiGras is similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and is comprised of activities, displays, vendors, and stage performances, leading up to a parade around the square. Led by a brass band, the parade includes groups and individuals who have created their own costumes or small floats, decorated their cars, or dressed up their dogs. Again, as a family festival, ArtiGras makes a special effort to educate and involve Southside students.
A more recent goal for CCC is to bring the humanities to the public by hosting scholarly events that are about the many diverse cultures that are found here in Tallahassee, and that feature a variety of interesting components to attract and educate participants.
In keeping with our mission statement, all of our events are free and open to the public.
The following groups and individuals are members of, and represented by, CCC:
- African Student Association (FSU and FAMU)
- Afua Hall, Dance Educator & Choreographer, Dance Fitness & Pilates Instructor, FAMU
- Avis Simmonds, Caribbean-American poet/author from Nevis/St. Kitts
- Caribbean Student Association (FSU and FAMU)
- Courtnay Micots, Asst. Prof. of Art History, FAMU, research involving the “fancy dressers” (masqueraders) of Ghana, who will be visiting us in the future
- Demetrius Harris, Instructor, Allied Capoeira League (Afro-Brazilian culture and martial arts) and Coung Nhu (Oriental culture and martial arts)
- Edward Dorman, TCC African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Alkebulan Music Philosophy, musician, African/African Diasporan Music and Dance (African and the African Diasporas history and culture)
- Evelyn Tyler, Asst. Prof. Theatre, FAMU
- Giltrecia Head, Adjunct Prof., FAMU (choreography, dance & theatre), Yemouye Dance Company (African, Caribbean and other Diasporic dance forms)
- Hannah Schwadron, FSU dance faculty member, researcher and performer and yoga instructor for Tallahassee’s Buddhist community; city-wide arts and culture advocate
- Haitian Cultural Club (HCC),Tallahassee-wide, including FSU, FAMU & TCC
- Kieron Dwayne Sargeant, African Diaspora Arts & Culture, FSU instructor of choreography/dance, drumming, and costumes
- LaToya Davis-Craig, Director of Community Outreach, FSU Dance Department
- Lililita Forbes, singer and band leader, Just Us In Counterpoint (Caribbean music)
- Marcus & Jevelle Robinson, Directors of African Caribbean Dance Theatre, Inc., now in its 25th year of service, a nonprofit youth and adult cultural education organization that provides year-round classes and performances
- Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez, founder and President, Hewale African Dance Company (African Diaspora dance), serving the FSU and greater Tallahassee community
- Olusegun Williams, Director, Pyramid Productions (hand-drummer, musician and folk historian of African Diaspora cultures)
- Paula Sofia Gomez, FAMU, Latin singer and advocate of Colombian and Latin Culture
- Sherika Duncan, Director, Excellence Dance Studio (performing arts and enrichment programs for inner-city and Southside youth between the ages of 3 and 17)
- Positive Vibration Redeemed, band leader, Deshone Hedrington