Caribbean Crossroads Series (CCS)
The Caribbean Crossroads Series ('CCS') is an ongoing series of community exhibitions and events since 1996. The CCS was created specifically to address the need for newly immigrated artists and emerging black and Latino/ artists of Caribbean and Latin American backgrounds to showcase their artworks, talents, and visions to the attention of South Florida's various cross-cultural communities.
DVCAI is virtual. Residencies and exhibitions are showcased in collaborating studios and galleries quarterly. From October to September Caribbean artists living in Miami-Dade County interact with artists nationally and internationally to cultivate new audiences through intimate community showcasing to their artwork.
National and international curators convene to share ideas, exhibiting practices, and to discuss documenting and marketing their artworks. and advancing their careers. Collaboration with National Visual Artists Networks allow for artistic incubator residencies here in Miami and overseas.
International Cultural Exchange
The International Cultural Arts Exchange Series (ICAES) has brought DVCAI artists to countries including The Bahamas, St. Kitts, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Antigua, Jamaica, St Maarten, Grenada, Suriname, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico and Barbados, in an effort to extend the 'creative space' beyond Miami. The goal of the ICAES program is to build artistic infrastructure and provide significant professional development for artists, educators, and arts administrators in both Miami and the host community. Since its inception, Diaspora Vibe has taken one hundred and seventy-five Caribbean, Latino, and African-American and white mentee artists overseas to the Caribbean for residencies and exhibitions and community engagements. www.dvcai.org ( see I.C.E.)
In 2018 DVCAI earned the Institute of Museum and Library Services Museum award for African American History and Culture. The DVCAI archive is housed at University of Miami Special Collections.
The archive is being digitized by Digital Library of the Caribbean - dLOC.
Off The Wall Experimental Series
Off the Wall/ Experimental Lab Series is a newly formed two-week interdisciplinary residency in which artists present time-based, out-of-the-box work including performance, video/film screenings, poetry reading, research, sound art, music and workshops. A component of the program includes interacting with the diverse communities of Miami-Dade and engaging the audience in nontraditional ways. Artists are encouraged to activate the neglected space of the gallery and transform the space into a multi-sensory lab. 'Off the Wall' provides a forum for 4-D/ new genres art-making and places equal emphasis on the value of the creative process, as well as the finished product.
Education and Outreach Programs
DVCAI intern and artists-in-residence programs place young artists in programs around the globe, building on relationships with curators and administrators at major museums and cultural arts institutions. DVCAI collaborates with educational institutions such as New World School of the Arts and Design & Architecture Senior High (D.A.S.H.) to provide workshops for students on how to create their own artist's statements, resumes/biographies, photographs and slides of their works. As interns and artists-in-residence, young artists receive hands-on training involving creating, organizing, curating, hanging, marketing, installing and dismantling exhibits, events and presentations.
DiaWeb - Archive and Portal
This program exists online and is a historical digitalization of all our programs for the past 20 years. It functions as an online programming medium to enhance artists' critical skills, by providing them with media educational tools. It is the nexus for housing our program documentation within a cohesive archival system. Additionally, DiaWeb serves to share the global services we provide for artists to further their careers.
The physical archive of our images, ephemera and files are hosted in University of Miami Special Archive Collections at UM Library. The file will be dizitized in partnership with dLOC.
Digital Library of the Caribbean supportedby a grant from Museum Grant for African American History and Culture.