FOR COMMON GOOD - ARIMA X LOUISVILLE EXCHANGE
Promoting Cultural Diplomacy and Social Change through the Arts
ABOUT THE EXCHANGE
In late 2020, CFAFF received a grant from the United States Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago to implement locally, an “International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)” inspired program. The program called “Arima x Louisville For Common Good Platform” utilizes arts and culture to provide a social change network and platform, delivered virtually and face-to-face interactions (compliant with COVID-19 public health regulations). This social change network and platform is expected to foster long-term, self-sustained relationships and institutional linkages among organizations in the United States and Trinidad and Tobago through capacity building support, cross-sector exchanges and cultivating alliances on arts for social change projects.
Funded by the US Embassy in Port-of-Spain, CFAFF with support from The World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana is collaborating with the Louisville Story Program, Kentucky School for the Blind, American Printing House for the Blind, the Studio Works by Zoom Group and Kentucky African American Heritage Center to deliver 3 virtual programs. The 3 virtual programs include:
(1) a writing and oral history exchange program
(2) an arts education for special needs exchange program
(3) a program that demonstrates the use of the arts to transform community spaces while leveraging artistic expression to unite residents and artists to engage social issues affecting communities like crime and violence.