Ethiopian-American Cultural Center.


There are hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians who have migrated to the US just in the last 30 years. The largest population is now living in the Washington DC area. They have brought with them rich cultural traditions deeply rooted in 3,000 years of history. Among them are artists, musicians, dancers and scholars with a wealth of talent and skills desiring to share their unique heritage with each other and their fellow Americans. Established in 1993, The Center for Ethiopian Art and Culture is the first Ethiopian Arts organization in the U.S., and has taken the lead in organizing a folklore troupe; the first Ethiopian museum and the first Ethiopian music and dance school. CEAC has also popularized the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and sponsored the Annual Inqutatesh/New Year Ceremony. As a new generation of American born children of these immigrants now make their way in the US is has become necessary to provide a compelling and accessible way for them to learn and experience their Ethiopian roots. With this new emphasis on the needs of Ethiopians born in America the Center for Ethiopian Art and Culture has changed its name to the Ethiopian-American Cultural Center.

The recent advances in modern computing will allow the Ethiopia-American Cultural Center to capitalize on its potential and expand its capabilities and audience. To this end, the EACC  mission continues to be dedicated to the preservation, promotion, study and development of Ethiopian Art and Culture but in a new emphasis and format. Through the use of information technology provided on the world wide web, the Center has created a site for the accumulation of cultural artifacts in a rich multimedia environment easily accessible to a world wide audience. Scholarly conferences, art exhibits, music and dance programs will be sponsored and recorded  for maximum exposure.

This new approach to disseminating Ethiopian art and culture is especially helpful to a younger and larger audience who are familiar with and have access to the power and reach of the Internet. In the process, both the Ethiopian community and the world will be enriched in the interchange. It is with great hope and anticipation that EACC embarks in this second phase of its development continuing to focus its outreach to the community in an especially powerful and rewarding manner. Having been born in America to an Ethiopian Father and an American Mother, it is with pride that I continue in the footsteps of Gashe Tesfaye Lemma and together with the community we stride a new path to the future.

Andrew Laurence.