DE CAJóN Project is a glocal effort: a project that challenges the local-global dichotomy by bridging initiatives in Peru and the Northwest that promote the contributions of Peruvians of African descent. It uses the cajón (a Peruvian box drum) and Afro-Peruvian performance traditions as vehicles to create educational opportunities, unite efforts, and empower artists and activists with similar goals around the world.
Like the instrument, DE CAJóN Project has six sides or objectives:
Introduce community members to Afro-Peruvian art forms
Create awareness about the struggles, histories and contributions of Peruvians of African descent
Engage students of all ages in learning activities to develop music and dance skills
Redefine through performance the projection and reception of Afro-Peruvian imagery and iconography
Integrate the work of Afro-Peruvian artists and activists to transform representations of African descent people.
Perform Afro-Peruvian music and dance traditions for general audiences
Create opportunities for intercultural dialogue and discussion between international guest artists and community members
Build relationships with artists and activists dedicated to transforming communities through the arts
Partner with members of the African diasporic community to recognize shared histories and merge collective visions
Inspire accountability within and beyond the self
Strengthen the community capacity to creatively respond to social injustices
Facilitate processes of transformation through the recognition of inner power
Bridge local and global efforts that promote and educate about the contributions of peoples of African descent
Mobilize resources to support Afro-Peruvian community endeavors
Provide opportunities to reconnect Peruvians abroad with their cultural heritage.
Catalyze educational and cultural consciousness
Heal from the traumas of historical oppression
Restore cultural pride
Our hope is for this project to extend beyond the cajón and the Peruvian experience. We seek to collaborate with other groups and organizations that have a similar strategy of using art as source of identifying power.