Since the 1990s, the United States and New York City, in particular, has experienced the largest wave of immigration in history. As immigrants settle into new homes, their children face the risk of losing their connection to their unique cultural heritage as they succumb to the lure of mainstream popular culture.
The pressure on children to assimilate their musical tastes is intense, and it is just one part of a wider cultural gulf often experienced between older and younger members of immigrant families. Such conflicts are often the source of youth isolation, breakdown in family structures, loss of connection with community and loss of cultural identity.
CTMD designed and implemented Sharing Traditions to reach out effectively to the youth residing in New York City’s growing immigrant and ethnic communities, to educate these young people about the extraordinary artistic traditions within their culture, to provide a supportive environment for the study and celebration of these traditions and to empower young people through self-realization.
CTMD formally initiated the Sharing Traditions program in the late 1990s, and has implemented intensive, ongoing classes and workshops for youth in the Mountain Jewish, Bukharan Jewish, Indo-Caribbean, Mexican, Peruvian, Chinese and Ukrainian Communities.
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