LAUNCHING THE NEXT PHASE IN OUR CONVERSATION –

BUILDING THE NECESSARY PARTNERSHIPS AMONG GUYANESE AT HOME AND IN THE DIASPORA IN DEVELOPING EVIDENCE-BASED INITIATIVES/PROJECTS THAT UNDERMINE RACIST MYTHS AND STEREOTYPES AND ENCOURAGE THE BUILDING OF INTERETHNIC TRUST.

May 5, 2014
Dear Colleagues:

Please consider this a follow-up to the conversation we started in October 2013 at the “Who are we?” symposium.

The attached “Overview”and the extended report available at http://guyfolkfest.com/symposium are an effort to capture the spirit of that cathartic encounter.

The circulation of this report launches the next phase in our conversation—building the necessary partnerships among Guyanese at home and in the diaspora in developing evidence-based initiatives/projects that undermine racist myths and stereotypes and encourage the building of interethnic trust. Under the “We bridgin …” theme, GCA has started the planning process for the Folk Festival seasons to 2016.

It is anticipated that each of the core events will provide distinct opportunities to explore Guyana’s common histories and celebrate the commonalities of our heritage. We look forward to your ongoing engagement and participation in the process. The core events in GCA’s Folk Festival season include the Awards Ceremony, Come to My Kwe Kwe, the Maurice Braithwaite Performing Arts Season, the Literary Hang, the Visual Arts season , the Film and Video Festival, the Symposium, and Family Fun Day.

Please read and circulate this document. We look forward to your ongoing support and participation in the upcoming Folk Festival seasons.

Vibert Cambridge, Ph.D.
President,
The Guyana Cultural Association of New York, Inc.