The Austin Caribbean Cultural Exchange (ACCE) began in May of 2015 by a group of recent Austin transplants and longtime Austinites who were seeking a Caribbean community similar to the cities from which they relocated and similar to the community Austin once had. The purpose of ACCE is to fill that void by rebuilding Austin's Caribbean community. ACCE is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that empowers the Caribbean community through quarterly economic, civic, profesional or social development workshops, scholarships for the youth, and cultural education series through music, dance and art. In addition to our educational components, each year, two signature events will be open to all:
Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration
Our mission is to empower the Caribbean community economically, civically and socially so that we may collectively share the rich traditions of the Caribbean with the Austin community at large.
Our vision is to live in an Austin where the Caribbean community is cohesive and thriving. We want to live in an Austin with a strong Caribbean presence and a city well-versed in Caribbean cultures and issues.
City-wide Annual Events: (Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration in June and CariBash (A Carnival/J’ouvert in March) We want to host events that weave into the fabric Austin’s overall culture. We plan to grow our Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration in East Austin and hold our CariBash parade down Sixth Street during SXSW to culminate at our annual Caribbean showcase, Austin Island, which will include performances, food, and festivities.
Youth Dance Troupe: After the success of our Caribbean Dance Voyage series and dance lessons at the Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration, we were if we would hold regular classes. Youth ages 6 to 14 will learn dance styles from all over the Caribbean and have the option to perform at local events. The dance classes will be open to all youth, regardless of background or dance experience. To be a part of the performance troupe, their parents will have to be paying members.
Tropical Taste: Dancehall|Soca Fitness Class: For people of ages 16 and up, we'll wine down to the sounds of soca and dancehall to keep our hearts and bodies healthy! Classes are now taking place and Danza Center for the Arts. Classes are open to all, but members only pay half the price! Under the "About Us" tab above, click "Tropical Taste" for more information.
Quarterly Meetings/Gatherings: Since Austin does not have a very large Caribbean community, the Caribbean expatriates who do live in the area have a hard time connecting with each other and creating that home away from home. We hold quarterly meetings and gatherings to foster stronger relationships in Austin’s Caribbean community and ease their transition from areas with high Caribbean populations to less-culturally-diverse Austin.
For a schedule of our upcoming events, click on the navigation tabs above.