Creating and cultivating opportunities for cultural connections that support living traditions and energize vibrant communities.

We are creating a more empathetic world—where people respect and celebrate one another’s cultural expressions—through the sharing of traditional arts, customs, and lore that promote cultural exchange, understanding, and honor artistic mastery.

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The Center for Cultural Vibrancy (CCV) creates and cultivates opportunities for cultural connections that support living traditions and energize vibrant communities.

We are creating a more empathetic world—where people respect and celebrate one another’s cultural expressions—through the sharing of traditional arts, customs, and lore that promote cultural exchange, understanding, and honor artistic mastery.

We believe that traditional arts and culture present the best of ourselves—providing a uniquely powerful vehicle for cultural diplomacy and engendering lasting cross-cultural respect and appreciation.

Updates from CCV

See the latest news and updates from CCV, artists, and more.

The Unbelievable Artistry of Baltimore Crankie Fest

That’s a wrap! The 2023 Baltimore Crankie Fest came and went and in its wake, nearly 1,000 audience members from around the world were moved and thrilled by the hand-scrolled…

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Torchbearer of the Blues Jontavious Willis In Baltimore from February 15-17, 2023

The greatest young torchbearer of blues music in America is Georgia’s own Jontavious Willis. The great Taj Mahal says of him, “Jontavious Willis. That’s my Wonderboy, the Wunderkind. He’s a…

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Cultural Programs

CCV produces and provides resources to support programming that brings together tradition-bearers and master practitioners of the traditional arts—musicians, craftspeople, dancers, cooks, and storytellers—from richly diverse cultural communities across the globe. These programs enable artists and tradition bearers to share their deeply cherished crafts and to explore the continuities within differences, making the “strange” familiar, and moving us all beyond a dichotomy of “us” and “them.”

Cultural Exchange

Creating dynamic, engaging public programs to transcend the cultural barriers that divide people, CCV strongly values traditional knowledge and artistic expression, cross-cultural sharing and exchange, and diversity and inclusion.

Vibrancy

Creating dynamic, engaging public programs to transcend the cultural barriers that divide people, CCV strongly values traditional knowledge and artistic expression, cross-cultural sharing and exchange, and diversity and inclusion.

Ethiopian dance group Fendika visits students from their cultural center in Addis Ababa.

World Culture in Context

World Culture in Context takes students on a virtual field trip by connecting them with renowned performing artists and community tradition-bearers from across the globe. Through this dynamic program, students experience participating artists in the places that have profoundly shaped their work.

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We’re on a steadfast mission to create a world where people seek to understand and celebrate one another’s cultural expressions.