Performing arts organization

CubaCaribe was co-founded in 2003 by visual artist/dancer Jamaica Itule Simmons and dancer/choreographer Ramón Ramos Alayo to preserve, promote, and present the vibrant cultural and artistic traditions of the Caribbean and its diaspora. CubaCaribe’s programs are designed to meet the needs of the Bay Area’s community of Cuban and Caribbean artists and to honor tradition. While fostering innovation and creative exchange, they aim to build understanding and appreciation of historically underrepresented arts and culture. In addition to an Annual Festival of Dance and Music—which highlights around 80 artists each year—the organization’s programs include dance and music classes, performances, workshops, lectures, film screenings, camps, and San Francisco Carnaval contingents. They also host a resident company, Alayo Dance Company. As it enters its 20th year, CubaCaribe remains committed to the core belief that dance, music, and visual art have the power to unite people of diverse perspectives.