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About Us

Afrifest Foundation is a 501c3 public non-profit organization serving the arts and cultural needs of the Pan African community in Minnesota and beyond.  The organization’s main focus is to promote, unify, and educate Pan Africans in Minnesota and beyond.

Our Vision

  • To support and promote the arts and culture of Pan Africans in Minnesota and beyond by producing events, seminars, and other programs to achieve this aim.
  • To promote unity, diversity, and enlightenment amongst Pan African and with the broader community in Minnesota and beyond; and
  • To support other non-profits and community groups that try to promote, unify, and educate Pan Africans in Minnesota and beyond.

Our Mission Statement

To support and promote the culture of Pan Africans in the United States and internationally by producing events, seminars, and other programs for the benefit of our members and our many diverse communities.

Our Goals

  • Arts and Culture Education — Promote and foster the development of Pan African arts and culture education and support other organizations, events, and community groups in their pursuit of Pan African arts education excellence.
  • Pan African Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness Training — Consultancy services to organizations, educators, and governmental bodies as they seek to interact with and serve the diverse Pan African community.
  • Pan African Arts and Cultural Center-Develop, fundraise, and execute plans for a Pan African Arts and Cultural Center.

Our goals are ambitious, but with your help, and with the help of our Pan African Village, friends, and clients we can achieve them.

Our History

The Afrifest Foundation, a Minnesota non-profit organization, was founded in March of 2009 to produce the Afrifest festival and other programs to further the festival’s motto of “Enlightenment, Diversity, and Unity.”

The Foundation has since increased its scope of operations to meet the growing and neglected needs of the Pan African arts and culture communities.

Our Board of Directors

Officers

Chair, Professor Joseph Mbele, St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN
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Vice-Chair,
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Treasurer, Wycliff Chakua
Atlanta, GA
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Secretary, Denise Butler, ACER Inc.
Brooklyn Park, MN
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Members

Dayolin Pratt, Real Estate Broker, RE.A
Brooklyn Center, MN
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David Wilson
Shoreview, MN
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Staff

David Wilson
Acting Executive Director
Afrifest Foundation
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Afrifest Foundation’s 2017 Board Openings

 

The Afrifest Foundation, a Pan African nonprofit organization, is currently recruiting new board members for 2017. The board will determine long term strategies, oversee the staff, and set priorities for the organization.

If you have a few hours to spare for monthly meetings and are interested in making a difference in the growing Pan African community in Minnesota and the United States, then this is the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

Areas the board are involved in:

* Planning
* Policy approval
* Annual review of the executive director’s performance
* Setting of compensation structure
* Fundraising
* Financial management

Requirements
2-3 hours, One Saturday a month, for board meetings.

To learn more about board membership and benefits about volunteering your time, please don’t hesitate to contact us today…