The Cross-Cultural Coalition (CCC) is a non-profit organization that provides donors, advocates and volunteers the organization they require to create diverse educational and cultural events and opportunities for South Side Tallahassee residents.
CCC offers free: 1) public programs moderated by academic scholars on history, dance, art, music and film of cultures across the globe, including Africa and the Diaspora; 2) performances by local and visiting artists; 3) art exhibitions and sales; 4) international opportunities for children and adults; and 5) scholars to liaison with South Side public schools to help enhance students’ experiences, desires, and chances to successfully attend college.
Dr. Jan DeCosmo is CEO and Ms. Lili Forbes is Director. CCC is located at 645 McDonnell D Tallahassee FL 32310.
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.
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.
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.
Lastly, we are now producing an Annual Sankofa Concert at Cascades. These concerts feature the music, dance, songs, stories, folktales, and other expressive arts from Africa and the African Diaspora, with emphasis on Caribbean and African-American cultures.
In keeping with our mission statement, all of our events are free and open to the public.
These individuals and groups are invested in the organization and will help us grow it.
“Partners” are consultants who advise us and who, in turn, are also represented by us. They include:
- Mickey Adair, photographer
- Bourne Brilliant, youth-run hand-crafted plant-based cuisine
- Dr. Gylbert Coker, Mitchell-Young-Anderson Museum, Thomasville, Ga.
- Sherika Duncan, Excellence Dance Studio
- Lililita Forbes (Lyrical Lynn), singer, producer and band leader
- Paula Sofia Gomez, singer and advocate of Colombian and Latin Culture
- Robert Griffin, jazz faculty liaison with students at FAMU
- Afua Hall, Dance Educator & Choreographer
- Courtnay Micots, Art Historian, FAMU
- Joshua Rivers, FSU graduate student jazz liaison
- Cynthia Rose, FAMU faculty member & poet
- Avis Simmonds, Caribbean-American poet/author
- Evelyn Tyler, Theatre Educator, FAMU
- Olusegun Williams, Pyramid Productions