"Imagination as a Tool for Liberation"
February 10, 2018 - February 18, 2018
Join us in Portobelo, Panama, February 2018 as we explore the Congo Carnival and its roots as a tool to re-imagine Black liberation and self-determination.
"Exploring the Black Fantastic"
Spend 2 weeks in conversation with your Muse and artists of varying disciplines in Portobelo, home to the "Congos" and their rich history of art, culture, play and resistance.
500 Terry Francois Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
Who We Are
Creative Currents Artist Collaborative is a US based, internationally focused arts organization whose mission is to widen and deepen public engagement with the arts and cultures of Africa and the Black Diaspora. We do so by connecting artists, scholars and arts enthusiasts with exciting and varied arts-based cultural experiences and by creating sustainable communities within which the arts can be lived and celebrated!
Comparsa Barrio Fino Documentary
Produced by Digital Portobelo
Two of the Creative Currents Artist Residency founders discuss the beginnings of the Panama residency on StoryCorps.
Panama: Meet the Kids Behind the Beats
When the Devils Could Fly-
A Tribute to Celedonio Molinar Ávila, the 1st Major Carnival Devil of Portobelo, Panama
2018 Programming Focus:
In 2018, Creative Currents programming will continue to celebrate the power of the Black imagination as a tool for liberation. With a broad focus on the Black Speculative Arts, our practices of art-making, cross-cultural collaborations, and ethical arts-based tourism will focus on the ways Black Diaspora artists create new worlds, re-imagine existing ones, narrate their own histories, time-travel, space-jump, talk-back, and dream forward. “Black Speculative Arts” is an umbrella that includes: Afro-surrealism, Afrofuturism, Black science fiction, Black speculative fiction, and a bricolage of Afro-engineered creative bad-ass-ery.
Our response to regressive policies that attempt to stifle our mobility and dull our shine is as it ever was:
a royal side-eye and a bold swagger forward.
"Birthplace of Black Imagination"
Travel with us to Dakar, Senegal for the Dakar Art Biennial as we explore the visual art of the African Diaspora - the themes, hopes, worries and solutions of a diverse yet unified people.
"Black Divinity as Black Identity"
October 18 - 28, 2018
Join us as we celebrate the feast day of the Black Christ of Panama, a yearly festival that personifies the nation's complex history of race and class, and illuminates his followers' steadfast belief in the divinity within themselves.