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.

5th annual Baltimore Old Time Music Festival charms Charm City

This overview of the 2024 Baltimore Old Time Music Festival is a contribution from photojournalist and writer Casey Vock. All photos are copyright Casey Vock. More than 1,500 people from…

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Swanky Kitchen Band: Guardians of Caymanian kitchen-band music

Last summer CCV Executive Director Jon Lohman met a gifted fiddler named Samuel Rose at the 87th annual Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention, a much beloved musical gathering that he…

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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.