Irma LaGuerre

Director

Children’s Cultural Center of 

Native America 

 

 


 

 

Yvonne Dennis

Educational Director and Founder

Children’s Cultural Center of 

Native America 

 

 

 

The Children's Cultural Center of Native America is part of Nitchen, a non-profit devoted to education and social support for Native Americans in the New York metro area.

The Children’s Cultural Center of Native America fosters intercultural understanding between Native peoples and non-natives by providing accurate historical, cultural and contemporary programming to children, parents and teachers. Through workshops, classes, exhibits and performances presented by Indigenous peoples, participants gain a fair and balanced understanding of First Nations Peoples of the Americas.

The museum has a cadre of experienced educators, facilitators, researchers and writers who provide direction and training to corporations, schools, museums and other institutions interested in learning about Native American cultures. In addition, gifted artists including puppeteers, poets, dancers, actors and other performers are available for presentations.

Director Irma LaGuerre was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and is of Aztec, Tarasco and Taino heritage. She is an accomplished actress and singer having appeared in lead roles on the Broadway stage, as well as in
off-Broadway and regional theater houses. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Masters of Music degree.  She is a past director and co-founder of FAN (Family Awareness network).  Ms. Laguerre conducts workshops in making Story Teller bags and Native American storytelling throughout the NY metropolitan area for schools, parks departments and at Pow Wows.

Educational Director Yvonne Dennis is a founder of Nitchen , past director of Nitchen’s Family Awareness Network, Board Secretary and award winning author. She develops training programs for teachers and consults with schools to improve their curriculum about Native peoples.

Check out http://www.cccona.nyc/ to discover more about what the Children’s Cultural Center of Native America has to offer!

 

 

Rhonda Ross

Singer, Songwriter, Philanthropist

 

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"If you want to understand electricity, get yourself a seat anywhere Rhonda Ross performs!"

-NightLife Exchange

Singer-Songwriter, Rhonda Ross is an International Social-Artist, who explores questions of race, gender, power and spirituality through her art. Described as “Neo-Soul with a strong pull toward Jazz”, Rhonda’s “Gownfolk” music is wholehearted, passionate and wildly intelligent. She is one of those rare artists today using her music to examine her relationship to the environment she lives in. Her lyrics explore life’s most important issues  – from racism to sexism to marginalization of all kinds, to the need for self-love and spirituality. Through all of it, Rhonda asks “In the midst of THIS, how can we still be free? 

As the only child of Diana Ross and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, it has become evident that Rhonda not only has the talent, but the significance to carry on her parents’ legacy, all the while establishing her own unique artistic destination. Rhonda’s original composition, “Nobody’s Business” is a groovy, bass-led reminder that “your joy comes from the inside and that it’s nobody else’s job to make you happy” and “Summer Day”  is an upbeat realization that even after the harshest winter, the sun will re-emerge and “the buds of hope can still bloom”. 

Rhonda’s mission on the stage is the same as it is off — to encourage, empower, and inspire audiences to be their best selves. She communicates this message through her philanthropic work as well as her music. Rhonda sits on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations that focus on the education and well-being of children. Hearts of Gold, Figure Skating In Harlem, and Motown EDU. She regularly gives her time, talent and dollars to other organizations with similar missions. Through Rhonda’s creative and philanthropic expression, the legendary Ross/Gordy influence continues to live on and expand. Rhonda's live performances and speaking engagements will thoroughly entertain you and move you to the point of tears – all while inspiring you to believe that you can do or be anything!

Check out www.TheRhondaRoss.com to discover where Rhonda will be performing and speaking next.

Website: www.TheRhondaRoss.com
Twitter: @TheRhondaRoss
Facebook: /TheRhondaRoss