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.
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.
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