African Diaspora Contemporary Arts Initiative


To cultivate and facilitate collaboration, experimentation, and a productive network of relationships among artists of the African Diaspora

First Project 2018 – Lagos, Nigeria

Onye Ozuzu as co-curator of the Lagos DanceGathering with Qudus Onikeku will take six other artists to participate in the 2nd annual Lagos DanceGathering “anti-disciplinary dance lab” in February 2018. The artists will meet with artists in Lagos as well as other international visitors to participate in a week of experimentation and creation focused on the prompt, “Body Memory.” The week will culminate in a two-day site specific performance and a collection of publications. The multi-disciplinary group of artists selected are: Folayemi Wilson & Norman Teague (Designers), Keyierra Collins (dancer/choreographer), Ben Lamar Gay (Musician), Jovan Landry (Film), and Raquel Monroe (Dancer, Scholar).

danceGATHERING 2020-Call for Artists

ADCAI is now accepting applications from Chicago-based artists looking to attend danceGATHERING 2020! All applications as due January 31, 2020. If you are interested, please click HERE for details.

Future Activities – Request for Support

Qudus Onikeku, Artistic Director of Q Dance Center in Lagos, Nigeria and founder of the Lagos DanceGathering, will be coming to Chicago for a 15 week guest residency at Columbia College Chicago in the fall of 2018. With further funding, the project could add a reciprocal event here in Chicago with 6 artists from the Lagos experience to coincide with Onikeku’s residency. The second gathering would build upon and deepen promising work and collaborative relationships. Following a successful Chicago-Lagos connection, ADCAI will expand to another major city in the global Afro-Diaspora (to be determined based on interest and responses).