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Letter to the editor: Thanks from TRIAAC

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 12:01 am

Thank you to the individuals, institutions and businesses that supported TRIAAC’s Kassa — A Season of Harvest fundraiser Oct. 18 at the Botanical Conservatory. Our sponsors’ generosity and participants’ enthusiasm made for an invigorating and successful evening. Thank you to our emcee, performing and featured artists, caterer, sound engineer and hosts at the conservatory who were exceptional in their vital resourcefulness and professionalism. And a very special thank you to our volunteers. Your contribution was immeasurably valuable.

Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art & Culture Inc. is an institution developed from collaboration not competition. TRIAAC’s purpose is to encourage young people, adults and elders to explore their cultural identity, and through the arts, discover effective ways to express themselves. As TRIAAC’s director, my hope is that those who choose to become involved at TRIAAC will find a resonant self-concept, resilient self-esteem and a great sense of cultural integrity in their identity and community.

TRIAAC plans three major events throughout 2014: spring and fall fundraisers and a Breath of Afrika Festival during the summer. To bring these plans to fruition will require your continuing support.

Our main project focus will be the Acoustic Spoken Word Cafe, Mande Music School, Kids Creating Art and the Wednesday Evening Adult Drum Circle. And we plan to open our Haki Madhubuti Reading Room in January.

To grow our community’s participation we will conduct more outreach arts projects, by partnering with other community institutions and individuals interested in developing the downtown East Central neighborhood. And this year we will grow our capital fund toward purchase of a building.

My three-year perspective would expand TRIAAC’s community services to include an academically rigorous after-school project, with a mathematics college readiness program for high schoolers and returning adults and an adult study circle exploring the culture, history and future potential of Afrikan people at home and in the Diaspora.

Again, thank you for your continuing support of TRIAAC. Keep us in your prayers and plans for 2014 and beyond.

Leticia Paige, TRIAAC director