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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts

Mission: JayaDevi Arts Inc (JAI) preserves, teaches, and presents the arts and culture of Indo- Caribbean communities from Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Suriname, and other parts of the Caribbean living in the South Florida area. JAI works to rejuvenate Indo-Caribbean cultural and artistic life and to restore self-esteem to this new American community. JAI stimulates original and artistic creativity such as fusing traditional classical arts form with modern non traditional styles, especially among the younger generation of Indo-Caribbean youths born in the United States. JAI's Cultural skills and artistic craftsmanship emerge from year-round workshops between tradition-bearers, master artists, scholars and young students. . JayaDevi is specifically concerned with the activities and development of community youth. Here JAI's goal is to strengthen community infrastructure support and create the environment necessary for youth to develop into well rounded young adults.

Target demographics: promote, preserve, unite, educate and present Arts & Culture from Trinidad, Jamica, Guyana & Suriname

Geographic areas served: South Florida

Programs: we provide Dance classes in Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Chutney & Rajdhar. A Womyn's Support Group United Phagwah/Holi Celebrations theater productions

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

R Gopie

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently attended the "Ganges Meets the Nile" at the Miramar Cultural Center and once again, I was captivated by this performing arts production. It was a fusion of Indo-Caribbean and Afro-Haitian drumming and dancing. The venue definitely provided the professional environment to showcase an event of this caliber. At a time of such divisiveness, it was so refreshing to see these 2 groups of performers unite to show that we have so much more in common than differences. Congratulations on another fantastic event! Congratulations go out to the performers, technical staff, support staff and the JAI Board. Can't wait to see what 2017 will bring! After watching this fantastic show, it solidified my commitment to JAI's growth and development.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Jayadevi Arts Inc continues to reach new heights in unifying our diverse community and breaking barriers that divide us. Broward Cultural Division Public Art & Design Program is celebrating its 40th Anniversary and in honor of the anniversary, JAI was the only Indo-Caribbean organization invited to showcase public art in Broward County.
As JAI continues to accumulate accolades and recognition (County and State); it is also growing internally and empowering our Indo-Caribbean youth to embrace their culture to help propel them.
Congratulations JAI! Really excited to see the upcoming events!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Ganges meets the Nile"...a true cultural presentation. Great all around performances from various youth group who entertained us for 3 solid hours. This presentation was very well executed and I can't wait to attend your next show.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Recently, I attended "Ganges meets the Nile" produced by Jayadevi Arts and it was very entertaining. It showcased Indo and Afro Caribbean cultures under one banner. I was excited to see so many youths of different cultural background participated and choreographed so skillfully. Great entertainment; I can't wait to see the next production.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a wonderful show. I had an amazing time and as a dancer I felt very loved by all the audience. It was a great experience to see the different cultures come together and put on a great and interesting show. The food was great, the show itself was beautiful and very memorable, and a great group of audience.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Jayadevi Arts about a year ago and has continued my participation since this is the only place that works together with the public to bring together different cultures. In our recent show we had the African Americans and the Indo Caribbean were portrayed in the smashing hit "Ganges meet the Nile." A few salsa steps were also incorporated in one of the dance. As times goes on I am sure our choreographer Ms. Denyse Babolal will bring in more of the different cultures that make up our great nation, "The United States of America."

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I performed at the Ganges meets the Mile event Sept 10, 2016 @ Miramar Cultural Center. Coming from Suriname South America it was my first time performing in such a great Stage/Theater. it was a great show!!! Nancy St Leger and Jayadevi dancers were the Best!!! Love the Moko Jumbie dancers they dont have like that in Suriname. Jayadevi keep up the great work and thank you for having me as a Singer in such a high class show.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

it was great participating in the United Phagwah Holi Celebration in Florida March 2015. I was amazing to see Florida Indo-Caribbean people uniting in a great festival. It was nice to meet sooo much people from different countries. Thank you for the opportunity to represent our country Suriname in Florida.

Jayadevi is soooo such a great job in promotion Indo-Caribbean culture and arts in America

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have attended several shows hosted by Jayadevi, leaving NYC just to reminisce about he good old days. That's what Jaya devi does. The organization bring back the good old days, the old times. Makes you remember how it was so that we can take our children back to where it all started. Some of the things we had forgotten even. But that's what Jaya devi does. Does not let you forget what our ancestors brought to the Caribbean, for us, for our identity.

2 nyseedevi

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wow Jayadevi was given an opportunity of a life time!!!! to participate in a photo shoot for Broward County Public Arts & Design 40th Anniversary. Jayadevi Executive Director was awarded the Diversity and Inclusive Award and received the award from Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. So far 2016 is heading in an amazing direction and hope Jayadevi continues to fly!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The United Phagwah/ Holi Celebration was spectacular!!!! Another amazing event! The Group from Suriname was fantastic and the dance style from Suriname was very interesting and incredible. Thank you for exposing use to our rich culture and art forms, we didnt know existed from the other Indo-Caribbean countries. The participation from the other organizations and the partnership from the Broward Sheriff's Office and Crime Stoppers was a FIRST in our community!!!! It was a great accomplishment to have the Broward County Co-sponsor this traditional culture. This is the first time this kind of event received funding in the US.

Thank you Jayadevi Arts for keeping our cultural alive and exposing and educating the larger American community what out little countries have to offer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jayadevi Arts Inc dance groups is phenomenal. .... preserving bhakti devotional dances, folk dances, classical dances in kathak barathanatyam, or a fusion of the two styles, chutney, soca chutney n soca. I feel very proud this organization tell the world who are indo Caribbean arts and culture..... keep up the good work jayadevi dancers and we, the community, are proud u really going international and higher!!!!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jayadevi has become an outstanding organization in Florida. They need more support from the community, foundations, corporate and government. They are doing amazing things that should be appreciated and recognized more.