Africamericas offers Pittsburgh a glimpse of African music, rhythms, and culture in the Americas, May 6th – May 11th, 2013.  The event series, organized by the Young Men and Women’s African Heritage Association (YMWAHA) in collaboration with Coro Latinoamericano-Pittsburgh (COROLA), offers informative film screenings, art exhibitions, and lectures throughout Oakland and the Northside.

Crossing Havana,” a week-long photography exhibit exploring Black life in Havana, will kick-off the event series with a reception on Monday, May 6th from 7 to 9pm at YMWAHA, located at 1205 Boyle Street in the Northside.

Additional series activities include a variety of Caribbean, African and Latin American dance performances, educational and artistic workshops, a Cuban journal presentation at City of Asylum, a community round-table discussion on deliberative democracy and grassroots organization in Cuba, and multiple film screenings including Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando’s “Breaking the Silence: 1912.”  A concert displaying a rich array of African and Latin music and performance will close out the event series on Saturday, May 11th at the Frick Fine Arts Building from 7 to 9:30pm. A complete list of activities can be viewed here.

The first of its kind in Pittsburgh, COROLA and YMWAHA’s presentation of Africamericas will build an understanding of the two robust cultures for Pittsburghers young and old.

Africamericas is one of two grantees for The Multicultural Collaboration Initiative RFP, a grant to provide funding for projects that encourage collaboration between diverse cultural agencies and innovative community programs.  The Multicultural Collaboration RFP is an outcome of the Social Innovation Exchange (SiX), supported by The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Hillman Foundation in partnership with Pop City Media.  Learn more at sproutfund.org/six.