THE WORK

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CFAFF/For Common Good

Caribbean Fashion and Arts feature Festival (CFAFF) was incorporated in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 2016, as an NGO to foster more regional collaboration, highlight work being done in the fashion and art industries, create more opportunities for event tourism and to contribute to the current roster of festivals. With the Caribbean being one of the only regions that did not yet have a Fashion-film and Arts Festival of its own, CFAFF’s arrival in 2016 made its mark, with recognition by Vogue Italia. expertise.

In 2018 CFAFF launched into full community arts enrichment programming to include large scale community mural projects, exhibitions, arts education that introduces children and youth to innovative ideas and visual arts tools for addressing social issues. These programs have been supported by Indrani Goradia and the JB Fernandes Trust I in 2018 and 2019 respectively.  

In 2017 CFAFF founded the Arima based EAST YARD Community Arts Centre, which has become a premiere creative hub in East-Trinidad and in 2021 branched off as a separate social enterprise. 

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In 2020 CFAFF re-branded the organization as CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD and all its programs under the FOR COMMON GOOD banner; embracing the pivotal role of the creative arts in shaping the quality of intercultural relations as well as creating a unique platform for artists, audiences, and other stakeholders in the sector to strengthen the overall impact of their own arts for social change programming. The platform rolled out with two programs, namely, FOR COMMON GOOD - Arima x Louisville Exchange, supported by the US Embassy Port-of-Spain and executed in collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and FOR COMMON GOOD - Youth Arts Enrichment Program.

Visit www.forcommongoodplatform.org to learn more

In photo: Arima x Louisville Exchange Alumnus, Author & Sustainable Fashion Designer, Crystine Alleyne, receives her certificate of participation from CFAFF/For Common Good, Executive Director, Kevon Foderingham.

EAST YARD

EAST YARD was founded in 2017 by Kevon Foderingham as a space managed by art education and promotion non-profit organization, CFAFF/For Common Good, with the mission to promote and increase access to visual and performing arts, music, fashion, film and more for residents of Arima and environs.

EAST YARD has since evolved into an independent entity with its incorporation as East Yard Enterprises in 2021, no longer managed by CFAFF/FOR COMMON GOOD but working alongside.

EAST YARD is a multidisciplinary physical and virtual arts platform and creative social enterprise that seeks to shine a targeted spotlight on Trinidad and Tobago works of art, literature, fashion, film, music, theater, cuisine and design being produced by up-and-coming artists and those from marginalized and under-represented communities.

Guided by the principles of inclusion, collaboration and innovation, EAST YARD encompasses but is not limited to the following:

  • EY Creative - Bespoke professional  services for arts practitioners and non-profit organizations wishing to incorporate innovative and creative arts tools into their programming. 

  • De YARD - A green backyard space available for intimate events at affordable rates.     

  • East Studio - An independent contemporary art gallery.

  • East Gourmet -  A specialty food, gift shop and cafe answering the call to revisit traditions.

  • The Burg - Trinidad and Tobago's premier vintage record shop  

  • W's Uniforms - A longstanding sewing and craft supply store. 

Visit www.eastyard.org to learn more.

In photo: EAST YARD Founder, Kevon Foderingham, facilitating a workshop at East Studio.

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