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The Africa Center Portal

Photo: Anita Ng, FRAME Studios. Art: Victor Ekpuk

The Africa Center Portal

Created by artist Amar C. Bakshi in 2014, Portals are a network of interconnected, immersive audiovisual environments. When you enter one, you are met by someone in a distant Portal and can speak to each other as if in the same room. They are placed in environments as diverse as cultural centers, schools, refugee sites, conferences, and public parks, and have been applied in dozens of contexts, including distance learning, policy discussions, business meetings, musical collaborations, and open dialogues.
 
Portals is what happens when we are intentional about building communication technology for the public good. Despite incredible advancements, few of us use social media to communicate authentically with people different from ourselves. Portals create space for intimate, genuine moments that bring the world to local communities — an Internet you can walk through.
 
Over the coming year, Shared_Studios is working in partnership with The Africa Center to develop content and programming that connects African diaspora communities in New York with the world, live and full-body. From digital salon pop-ups to theatrical performances, artist talks, innovation pitch-offs, and Shared_Meals, communities across the global African diaspora will connect for meaningful dialogue, performance, and exchange.
 
Sign-up for Portal sessions will be coming soon via our Shared_Studios page – in the meantime, please drop in for any of the scheduled connections below. For more information or to propose programming, reach out to the Portal Curator at neema@sharedstudios.com. #TheAfricaCenterPortal

November Programming in The Africa Center Portal

 

Below is a list of upcoming Portal connections by the location of the Portal we will be connecting to, date, time, and theme. Join us!

 

Dallas, Texas
 

Wednesday, November 13

5:00 – 6:30pm

Community Skillshare
 
Join us for our weekly conversation with Bonton Farms in Dallas Texas. Participants will speak with farmers and organizers in Bonton Farms in Dallas, Texas and compare how local cuisines have been shaped by decades of migration and communities. How can we engage in more healthy and sustainable versions of our favorite local foods? 
 
 

Kigali, Rwanda

Sunday, November 17

12-1:30 PM

Open Hours

 

Mexico City, Mexico

Sunday, November 17

2:00 – 3:30pm

Open Hours
 
 
Dallas, Texas
 
Wednesday, November 20
 
5:00 – 6:30PM
 

Community Skillshare

Bonton Farms: Fighting Food Apartheid

Participants speak with community organizers in Dallas, Texas about how living in a “food desert” shapes the health and lifestyle choices of local residents. Leaders who have started community gardens, farmers markets, and food co-ops, will speak about how they are aiming to reverse this trend.

 

Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, November 23

11:00AM – 1:00 PM
 

Open Hours

What makes your hometown special? What makes “Home” for you?

 

Dallas, Texas

Saturday, November 23

12:45 – 2:00 PM
 

Open Hours

Why were you given your name? What history does your name have and why is it important to you? Is your name the most important part of your identity? What shapes your identity more than your name?

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