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 Video greeting from poetry editor Mariah Ekere Tallie.

African Voices Communications is a non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to fostering cultural understanding and awareness through literature, art and film. Founded in 1992 by a small group of writers and visual artists, the organization strives for artistic and literary excellence while showcasing the unique and diverse stories within the African Diaspora. The organization publishes a national quarterly literary magazine and presents community arts programs.

The organization has a 24-year history of providing leadership within the arts community through its magazine and public programs. African Voices has presented more than 800 community programs with a goal of expanding access to the arts. Our organizational programs include: African Voices, a quarterly magazine devoted to publishing emerging writers and visual artists of color; AV Reading & Performance Series, a program that includes book signings, workshops and literary readings; Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series, a Brooklyn-based festival for women of color filmmakers; and Get Your Read On! (GYRO!), a program devoted to using the arts to nurture young writers and readers in low-income communities. Our programs serve approximately 5,000 people per year. We reach an additional 6,500 readers through the magazine.

Our small but passionate team delivers high quality programming and experiences for artists of color and residents throughout New York City. A Board of Directors comprised of business professionals, artists, educators, and community leaders runs the organization.

Since 2001, African Voices has promoted family literacy through the presentation of readings and literary events at local libraries, bookstores, schools, and cultural arts centers.

In 2010, the American Library Association presented African Voices and its collaborating partner the Brooklyn Public Library with the Zora Neale Hurston Award for excellent programming of the NEA’s Big Read celebration of Ms. Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. African Voices received the distinction of being the only literary publication in the nation to receive the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant in 2008.

African Voices has received consistent support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.

In 2014, African Voices received nearly $20K from the West Harlem Development Corp. (WHDC) for a capacity building grant to support our programs and create a five-year strategic plan. WHDC renewed its commitment for 2015 with a grant in support of Get Your Read On!