Alton Aimable received a proclamation at the inaugural Caribbean Heritage Celebration from Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr.

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Alton Aimable, President and Founder of Tropicalfete, Inc. received a proclamation from Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. at his inaugural Caribbean Heritage Celebration. The celebration took place on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at the Queens Museum.

Alton Aimable is the Founder and President of Tropicalfete Inc. Aimable earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from City University of New York, York College. During his first semester, Aimable was put on the Dean’s List for his excellent academic performance and took courses outside of the curriculum, such as music and web programming. This was the foundation in which he was able to create an online publication called Tropicalfete.com, the official home of Caribbean culture. Over the course of his career, Aimable has held a variety of accounting positions including Senior Accountant at Brooklyn Community Housing and Services Inc., Senior Accountant N. Cheng & Company CPA, and Lott Community Development. Mr. Aimable received a proclamation from the New York City Council promoting Caribbean culture in New York. Whether it’s carnival, dance, music, theater or anything related to Caribbean culture, Aimable draws inspiration from it to promote it through Tropicalfete. Her dream is to bring Caribbean culture to the international level where it will be accepted without discrimination or prejudice. Mr. Aimable also holds a community leadership certificate from the Neighborhood Leadership Institute and continues to work on initiatives to advance Caribbean culture.

Tropicalfete, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides cultural enrichment programs for youth, seniors, and community members by extension. Programs include, but are not limited to, stilt walking, dance and drama, masquerade dancers, arts and crafts, steel music, limbo, and more. Tropicalfete, Inc. will continue to play a major role in the bottom-up economic development of communities and the positive individual development of young and old.

Alton Aimable alongside the Tropicalfete masquerade dancers

Alton Aimable alongside Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr and dancers and stilt walkers from Tropicalfete

Alton Aimable alongside Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr

Tropicalfete waders

About Us: Tropicalfete, Inc. Founded in 1999 as an online publication and cultural resource center, it closed in 2011. Tropicalfete became a nonprofit charitable corporation. Its mission is to develop the community in the areas of arts and social services, with an emphasis on educating the community in Caribbean culture. We have established a reading program with Barnes and Noble for Caribbean Heritage Month in June. Tropicalfete was one of several organizations listed in the congressional filing held at the Library of Congress for endorsing Caribbean Heritage Month, proposed by California Rep. Barbara Lee (D-9), signed by President George W. Bush. Over the past 9 years, we have participated in various parades, creating wonderful masquerade displays. We’ve run free music workshops on topics like copyright and royalties, marketing, mixing, and playing an instrument. Tropicalfete had the honor of working with VH1 Save the Music Foundation. We have also worked with such important cultural institutions as the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture. Currently we teach dance and acting, stilt walking, carpentry, welding, masquerade, singing, tailoring, steel pan and other instruments. We have set up various musical showcases. We have brought our work directly to the community in places such as parks, colleges, community centers, etc. Our work has been validated by a number of people engaged in our programs, as well as a proclamation from the New York City government, the Brooklyn District Attorney, and other awards. We are in two public schools (PS 135, PS 276; PS/IS 323 and IS 392), engaging students in cultural activities as part of After School Cultural Adventures, an initiative of the City Council. (CASA). We have programs for young people independent of schools. Tropicalfete offers cultural enrichment programs at Prospect Hill Senior Center, St. Augustine Senior Center and William Hudson Senior Center. Tropicalfete is always looking to expand its cultural programming, and on the horizon to be introduced are limbo/fire, pottery and culinary arts. Tropicalfete’s work has been featured in numerous outlets including the New York Daily News, Billboard Magazine, New York Times, Brooklyn Reader, News 12, PBS, NY1, Caribbean One TV, Caribbean Life and more.

Objective: Tropicalfete publishes news focused on arts and culture, while highlighting the importance of the arts in education and their positive impact on the economy. Tropicalfete is and continues to be committed to cultivating emerging artists working across all genres. These include visual arts, fashion, music, dance, theatre, film and new media. Tropicalfete serves as a vehicle to uplift talented individuals while recognizing their contribution to society and the arts. Additionally, Tropicalfete offers gifted performers the opportunity to be mentored through a variety of diverse events. We view artist development holistically, so our mandatory obligation includes helping people with their social needs. Tropicalfete aims to use the power of the artist and the arts to bring about social change for anyone and anywhere.

Tropicalfete uses culture as a tool for social transformation.

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