How global is your Detroit? Join us in the parlor with Gracie Xavier of Global Detroit to meet Detroiters from around the world.
With Special Guests:
- Charlene Uresy is an African-Cuban-American and self-taught artist born in Chicago and living in Detroit . Her mother migrated from Havana prior to the Cuban Revolution, where she left all of her relatives. Charlene was educated in the U.S. while consistently absorbing Cuban values from her mother. In 1999, Charlene made her first trip to Cuba, which was so transformative that she has returned every year since, including a recent six week visit.
- Marta Annette Smith-Cruz, Kizomba Tá Doce - Born in Virginia and raised in Puerto Rico, Marta is a dance instructor in Detroit and hosts Afro-Kiz Socials, where she teaches Kizomba, Salsa & Bachata to Detroiters of all ages. She is employed as a Senior Business Analyst at FordDirect, an organization that provides dealers digital marketing and advertising services, lead management solutions, dealer websites, and other digital services. Marta's passion is giving back to the community, and has organized long term relief efforts for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Currently, she is working with a local veterans service organization to use dance as a method of therapy for those afflicted with PTSD. Marta is a mother to twin girls, an avid dancer and organizer.
This is the second of a three-part conversation series happening Fridays 5-7pm in June. Free & open to the public.