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The Jamaican Cultural Alliance (JCA) is a Los Angeles public affairs organization with the objective of expanding and enriching American knowledge and awareness of Jamaican culture and heritage. Further, JCA is programmatically structured to facilitate the development of literature, education, music as well as the visual and performing arts - all of which have their roots in both Jamaican and Los Angeles communities. The general goal of the Jamaican Cultural Alliance is to promote the best of Jamaica - its people and their multi-faceted lifestyles - in order to clarify and enhance the image of Jamaica and the Caribbean at large.
JCA exists to maximize cultural exchange between Jamaica and the US. Strategically, Los Angeles has been chosen as the venue in which to initiate alliance efforts with Jamaica because strong correlation actually exists between the Californian and Jamaican physical environments, demographics, and diverse populations. For example, the motto for Jamaicans is "Out of many one people". As printed on the Jamaican monetary medium of exchange, it indicates the successful and harmonious blending of many ethnicities and cultures into one. U.S. currency also proudly displays "EPLURIBUS UNUM" which means "Out of many, one". Even Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan's slogan is "Together, we're the best - LA". But actualizing the concept presents a daily challenge to Los Angeles. JCA envisions tremendous opportunities for establishing numerous ongoing and productive inter-cultural alliances. Schools, cultural and art organizations, in both Jamaica and Los Angeles, will be afforded greater growth advantages and increased outlets of expression.
- Dorothy McLeod
- (323) 692-0423
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