Dear Cultural Partners;
On behalf of Tropicalfete Board of Directors, we would like to thank you for the roll you played in making 2014 an incredible year for us and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.. Your donations, funding, advice time and effort helped us execute our mission. We are proud to be an organization that contributes to New York City’s artistic and educational community. We just couldn’t do it without you.
We took on a new challenge this year providing cultural activities for terminally ill patients in the form of steel pan instrument performances with Ricardo Greenaway. Tropicalfete continued its free music workshop on Copyrights & Royalties with Roger Meltzer. We ventured into webinars to educate young artist about the business aspect of the music industry.
Music studio softwares were given to artists at various open mic events throughout New York City so they can develop their skills. Tropicalfete had the pleasure to be part of VH1 Save The Music Family Day hosted by Nick Lachey with panist Ricardo G. and vocalist Fimber that showcased the power of the Pan. We also got to introduce the steel pan instrument to hundreds of children and their parents.
One of our designers M. Luke was selected to be part of Materials for the Arts Reuse Remixed: Art Works Show. We had pieces were display in the MFTA Gallery. With a strong team of creative designers, we executed a presentation called Masquerade Ball Caribbean Edition for the 47th West Indian American Day Carnival Parade for adults and kids. Daria, Renne, Gillia, Nathalia, Jason, Ms. Mary, Mr. Gibbs, Nicky were instrumental for Tropicalfete coming 3rd place small band category kids. We also brought the carnival atmosphere to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.
In 2014 we started a new event Tropicalfete’s Creative Day in the Park at Lincoln Terrace Park Children Play Ground. The event had a puppet show with Ventriloquist. Park goers got to interact with the Steel Pan Instrument, there were Masquerade Costumes, instruments for the kids to play, dance, Games and Stilt Walking.
Tropicalfete Award of Excellence 2014 Presented to Reggae Retro for Promoting cultural Reggae Music since 2002. We again made our contribution to Caribbean Heritage Month in June with a cultural reading program with Barnes & Noble. Jason Edwards had the stilt walkers Kaisokah Moko Jumbies take part in the historic Peoples Climate March. We took part in Keep the Children Safe Halloween Parade for our second year. Tropicalfete continued to move ahead with its’ programing and engage in over two dozen cultural events. Three college reference letters were done for our volunteers.
Thanks again for your unwavering support