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About

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Crossing the Waters Institute for Cultural Exchange is an international organization that offers opportunities for cultural connections between the United States and Africa. 

Our work is to create and develop programs and projects tailored to the specific goals of the participants in social justice education, health, visual and performing arts, and cultural enrichment.

With a commitment of respect for a world enriched with cultural differences and diversity, we work toward building community across borders through communication, dialogue and social engagement.

VISION

We envision a world where African people and those of African descent have the opportunity to live to their fullest potential and to thrive as their most authentic selves.

MISSION

 

Crossing the Waters Institute for Cultural Exchange (CTW) is a 501(c)3 organization operating primarily in the United States and South Africa. CTW offers educational, arts and culture, and healthy living enrichment programs that provide opportunities for cross-cultural community- and relationship-building between those in Africa and the African diaspora. 

 

We strive to create safe and sacred spaces for creative exploration where participants can imagine a future of peaceful engagement and spirit-nurturing experiences for all peoples. 

Our Mission

Leadership Circle

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Ingrid Askew

USA/RSA

Founder & Executive Director

Ingrid Askew is a life-long cultural activist, evocative theatre maker, thoughtful educator, powerful speaker, and razor-sharp organizer.

Ms. Askew's work has always been centered on the goal of bringing people from diverse backgrounds together to build transformative communities and lead effective and lasting social change initiatives.

As Executive Director, Ms. Askew leads the important work of developing cultural awareness, sustainable exchange partnerships, and opportunities tailored to the needs of communities at home and abroad  through education, the arts, and healthy living initiatives. 

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Sonji Johnson-Anderson, PhD

USA/RSA

Co-Executive Director

Director of Educational Initiatives

Scholar, poet, author, ethnographer, activist and social justice educator, Dr. Sonji Johnson-Anderson is Co- Executive Director responsible for the development of Educational Initiatives in the USA and RSA.

 

Her interests sit at the intersection of Black Feminist Epistemology, Critical Race Theory and Performance Ethnography.  Her work focuses on the experiences of students and families who are marginalized in public domains, primarily educational institutions.

 

A gifted educator and public speaker, Dr. Johnson-Anderson brings decades of teaching experience and a deep commitment to critical and culturally relevant pedagogy. 

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Fatima Dike

RSA

Theatre Arts Director

CTW South Africa

Fatime Dike is a playwright, poet, storyteller, and teacher. She is the first published Black, female playwright in South Africa.

Her decades-long, award-winning writing career started with the poets in the townships of the Western Cape.

Co-Founder of the Siyasanga Cape Town Theatre Company which is part of the Artscape Family of Theatre Companies, she is currently Resident Artist and Langa Champion at the Guga S'thebe Arts and Cultural Centre in Langa Township, Cape Town.

Her first play, The Sacrifice of Kreli, won her the Papillion Rising Star Award in 1979. She most recently won the Living Legend Award at the National Black Theatre Festival and was honored by the Artscape Women's Humanity Festival 2023 for her life in theatre.

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Lucia Colombaro

USA

Economic Strategy, Affairs, and Collaborations

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Tanya Zangaglia, MD

USA

Health & Wellness Initiatives

Intsika! Staff

South Africa

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Cebisa Peter

RSA

Program Coordinator

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South Africa

Zolani  Balekwa

RSA

Lead Teacher
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South Africa

Advisory Board

Donna Howard

USA

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Dr. Susan Theberge

USA

U.S.A.

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Dr. Denise Patmon

USA

Andrea Battle

USA

South Africa

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Sixolile Ngcobo

RSA

Lucille Luckhoff

RSA

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