When we first began planning for our first Kwanzaa Celebration, it was always about creating opportunities for young people within our community to showcase their talent. It was also about highlighting our local community in Queens, which can be forgotten about when it comes to the performing arts in New York City.
Over the years, we've grown to include more dancers, more choreographers and even more opportunities to showcase the talent our community has to offer. We've expanded our work beyond Queens to include artists form across the 5 boroughs and beyond, offering opportunity to anyone who is willing to put in the work necessary to perform for our community.
As we move into our fifth anniversary and our fifth year of presenting this work to the community, I can truly say that it has been an honor to work with everyone associated with this event. All of the artists, musicians, choreographers, educators, children, elders, the entire community, has made this an amazing journey to witness. There is so much more that we can accomplish as a whole than what can be done separated as individuals. Kwanzaa has always been a time to remember who we are collectively and that will never change.
It is with that spirit of community, unity and healing that we present this production to you all. Let us close and complete this year together, showing our love, peace and unity through the multifaceted and diverse aspects of dance in the African Diaspora!
Peace and love to you all.
Producer and Director
Kwanzaa Celebration 2022