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Melissa P
San Juan
(Puerto Rico)
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the project

We are an emerging educational fellowship program that provides Black-identifying teaching artists with the opportunity to travel to other parts of the world, in order to conduct workshops on Afrocentric Social-Emotional Learning and to collect quantifiable data on Black-identified teaching artistry.

the steps

Help PACE raise $5,485 USD to launch the Zora’s Legacy research initiative alongside Black-identifying teaching artists in San Juan, Puerto Rico! 

  1. Develop a website for PACE and Zora’s Legacy.
  2. Establish strategic partnerships to contribute to operations and costs for the full launch of the Zora’s Legacy pilot in Puerto Rico.*
  3. Find and apply for grant opportunities to fund the Zora’s Legacy pilot in Puerto Rico.
  4. Collect and analyze data from a preliminary research survey.*
  5. Develop survey instruments to be used on the ground in Puerto Rico.

*For a more detailed breakdown of the total projected costs for the full launch of Zora’s Legacy in Puerto Rico, please refer to the PACE: Zora's Legacy Launch Budget Narrative.

*PACE Founder Melissa Parke has partnered with Creative Generation, in order to distribute a preliminary research survey amongst Black-identifying teaching artists in the United States this fall. Survey data will be collected and analyzed by December 2021.


why we're doing it

The mission of Pan-African Cultural Exchange (PACE) is to unify artists and educators of the African Diaspora through art, travel, and cultural exchange.

Through the launch of Zora’s Legacy, we hope to foster a deeper understanding and sense of unity between Afro-descendant American and Afro-Puertorrican teaching artists (TAs). These individuals currently represent some of the most commonly marginalized groups in the Western Hemisphere. And we know that this type of unification can ultimately combat feelings of isolation, empower individuals, and put entire communities on a path towards social inclusion and economic growth. 

What’s more, we know that across the United States, Black-identifying TAs have been called upon to serve as the social, emotional, and cultural responders for Black-identifying children who attend U.S. public schools—schools that have been experiencing a steady decline in childhood arts education programs since the early 1980s and have been implementing Eurocentric curriculums and colonized ideologies of success since their inceptions. 

Yet there remains a tremendous lack of demographic data on Black-identifying TAs. To date, we have not been able to identify any large-scale ethnographic study on this population. 

There is an immediate need for us to better understand our Black-identifying TAs, so that we can better support them in teaching our Black-identifying youth. With the launch of Zora’s Legacy, we are hoping to better understand our Black-identifying TAs. And in the process, we would like to evaluate the effectiveness of the Afrocentric Social-Emotional Learning framework in meeting their needs. 


Disbursed Budget 2.7.2022

Editor : $500

Grant Writer : $750 

Program Development : $1,000 

Marketing : $100 

The above budget includes $247.80 additional funds that will be paid for outside of the money raised by this campaign.

TOTAL RAISED = $2,285.00
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $114.25
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $68.55

Original Budget: 

  • Web Development = $500
  • Program Development = $1,500
  • Marketing = $1,000
  • Data Collection and Analysis = $500
  • Grant Writer  = $1,500

ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $272
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised.


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