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October 2, 2017
CFAC partners with Syracuse University Dean of Hendricks Chapel with a group of faculty, staff and students during a three-week donation period.  Click here for more details.

Caribbean Cinematic Festival to Highlight Richness of Caribbean Culture

February 23, 2017

This year’s Caribbean Cinematic Festival will take place Thursday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee Street, Syracuse. The festival will highlight the richness of Caribbean culture through a series of events, including film screenings, dance and spoken word performances, local Caribbean cuisine and a series of workshops and post film discussions.

The festival is an opportunity for Spanish, English and French speaking West Indians to meet and find common ground in a community that has residential divisions with Blacks living on the South Side and Latinos on the West Side. 

This project is both an effort to showcase the beauty of Caribbean culture and foster community togetherness. Organizers would like to create an inviting space for Caribbean immigrants and non-Caribbeans to appreciate a culture that is not often highlighted within the Central New York community.

A complete schedule can be viewed on the CFAC website.

Read the original story at SU News.

Black Joy And More In An Innovative Show

"I, Too, Am America: A Song of Race and Language" 's opening reception.

February 15, 2017

The new exhibit at the Community Folk Art Center I, Too, Am America: A Song of Race and Language, focuses on issues relevant today and in the past. The show features diverse media, including screenprints, mixed-media pieces, photos and personal statements.

In one of his screenprints, for example, Jamaal Barber combines an image of a brick building with signage associated with products and services all too common in inner-city America. That includes check cashing, liquor and Newport cigarettes. The piece’s title, “What You Need,” has a sardonic ring, as it suggests a gap between what’s available and what’s truly needed.

Similarly, “Damn Near Free II” has glimpses of African Americans being confined, as seen in images of hands bound, a teenager being arrested, and members of a crowd being arrested. Viewers are challenged to consider visual and thematic implications, including their own perception of such images.

See the full article on Syracuse Newstimes.

Community Folk Art Center Offers Exhibition, Music, Film in Celebration of Black History Month

Attendees interact with an installation by artist Ann Johnson during an exhibition opening reception at the Community Folk Art Center on Feb. 3.

February 14, 2017

The Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), a unit of Syracuse University’s Department of African American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is celebrating Black History Month with an array of cultural programming open to the Syracuse University and greater Syracuse communities.

The celebration kicked off with an R&B concert on Jan. 26 and accelerated on Feb. 3, with a large crowd attending the opening reception for “I, too, am America: A Song of Race and Language,” an exhibition of the impact of various visual languages and media on cultural conversations. The exhibition features the works of artists Jamaal Barber, Ann “Sole Sister” Johnson, Kleaver Cruz/The Black Joy Project and Spencer Stultz, a senior in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. All of the artists participated in a panel held on Feb. 4. Read the full story at SU News.

Black History Month Kick Off Concert

Josh Sings flyer

January 26, 2017

Joshua scott aka "Josh sings" was born in Detroit but raised in Harlem NYC by a single mom. He recognized his talent by the age of eight years old singing in the church choir, and performing in various community Christmas shows. His passion and talent got him into Professional Performing Arts HighSchool(PPAS) where his talent developed even more. Growing up listening to music from the Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Usher, Josh knew he wanted to become a singer/ artist himself, and he would do anything to make that dream a reality! Josh was a participant on the hit TV show The Voice. Not winning made Josh even more determined about his craft! He recently has been singing and writing for various artist in the music industry, and now his debut mixtape was released on November 2016 "Now or Never". "I'm blessed to do what I love, and I won't stop until I reach the top" says the young upcoming superstar.

Kal Alston appointed Interim Executive Director of Community Folk Art Center

Kal Alston

October 6, 2016

Kal Alston has been named interim exectuvie director of Community Folk Art Center(CFAC) for the rest of the 2016-2017 academic year, according to a recent statement by Karin Ruhlandt, dean of the College of Arts and Science.  Ruhlandt made the announcemen after conferring with Bea Gonzalez G'04, dean of University College an a special assistant to the Chancellor; CFAC's board of directors; and members of the Department of African American Studies(AAS), with which CFAC is an academic partner.

Entire story can be read here