Puentes de Poder
Panamanian music and dance
About the Organization
Puentes De Poder (Bridges of Power) is a multicultural group of artists in Alhambra. Their purpose is to educate, inspire, and unite communities through music, dance and drums. They are engaged in steering and enriching the youth towards community based work through cultural heritage. Founder Nakeiltha Campbell was born in Panama and grew up in San Diego and Los Angeles. She fell in love with the art of drumming that kept her close to her roots. She wanted to share the similarities of the diaspora by respecting the differences and uniqueness of each country and using the power of the drums to gather and celebrate. Panama is the bridge of the world, heart of the Universe .
Living Cultures Grant
Puentes de Poder received a Living Cultures Grant to produce a cultural weekend workshop and the initial start of a festival presented by Puentes de Poder followed by a performance for Viva Panama Organization Gala, which honors artist and Panamanians who have contributed to both communities. Includes the annual celebration of the anniversary of the construction of the Panama Canal with a specialized dance, song, and drum workshop that showcases Panamanian folklore and Afro Panamanian traditions embodied by, and accompanied by historical information presented from the perspective of cultural specialist, musicians, and community leaders. The workshops would also include several expert artists who currently reside in Los Angeles.