By Walter Rutledge
On Wednesday January 29 Brooklyn-based Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy held a special press conference at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall following the recent win of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Award from the White House.The event, which marked their 25th anniversary, announced plans for a major move slated for May. During the conference members of the Ifetayo family discussed the win and experience at the White House, while receiving well deserved accolades from local elected officials.
Ifetayo Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kwayera Archer-Cunningham noted Ifetayo will relocate to a larger space in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. The larger space will accommodate more events and programming for the Brooklyn community. Currently Ifetayo serves 5000 youth and families annually, the move will allow the organization to accommodate 500 more students. During the conference Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams stated “Ifetayo is a model organization for the city as well as the rest of the nation”.
The announcement concluded with a performance by Alexa Menuau and Jean-Daniel John, the two Ifetayo dancers who performed for the First Lady at the White House. The event also served as a kick-off of their 25th anniversary celebration year. City Council Rep, Laurie Cumbo commented “Ifetayo allows young people to have a different outcome.”
In Photo: 1) Laurie Cumbo, Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, Eric Adams, Alexa Menuau, Jean-Daniel John 2) Jean-Daniel John, Alexa Menuau
Photo Credit: courtesy Walker International Communications Group