• The Our Voices Project  is a Rochester-based initiative whose goal is to dismantle destructive stereotypes of minority groups perpetuated in the media by producing films centered on the multifaceted experiences of Black, Brown, and Indigenous people. This event includes a discussion and screening of OVP’s most recent work, A Dominican Dream, which centers the story of Rosa Vargas-Cronin and her journey to learn her Afro-Caribbean ancestral history. The discussion will cover the complexities of Dominican Republic-Haiti relations, and educate audiences about indigenous Caribbean Taino people and their eradication with the arrival of Columbus. Moderators will discuss the history of Indigenous people in the Caribbean before the transatlantic slave trade, and the importance of honoring the African roots that bind the Caribbean communities together.

    Screening and conversation led by  Rosa Vargas-Cronin & Courtney Shouse


    The VSW Salon is programmed by Tara Merenda Nelson, taranelson@vsw.org

    The VSW Salon is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts and by the ArtWorks program of the National Endowment for the Arts.


  • Our Voices Project