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FACES OF CULTURE

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ALLISON MONTANA INSTITUTE OF ART, CULTURE, AND TRADITION

  Faces of Culture, Inc. is an African American multifaceted, cultural, and nonprofit organization in New Orleans. Founded in 1995 by Darryl Montana, a fourth generation Black masking Indian and youngest son of Allison “Big Chief Tootie” Montana and Sabrina (Mays) Montana, an educator and community and cultural activist. The organization was initially established as a governing board to manage the development, construction, and implementation of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Museum, renamed the Allison Montana Institute of Art, Culture, and Tradition, to document, preserve, and celebrate authentic history of community and culture. 

  Faces of Culture’s mission is to celebrate, educate, preserve, and showcase New Orleans African American indigenous cultural traditions. All of its programs, services, and events are created for the purposes of celebrating and preserving African, Caribbean, and African American culture, rituals and traditions. It seeks to engage local and universal communities in dialogue about the city’s African-Caribbean history, culture, customs, and traditions.

© Curtis Pierre 2015