The Children’s Cultural Center of Native America fosters intercultural understanding between Native peoples and non-natives by providing accurate historical, cultural and contemporary programming to children, parents and teachers. Through workshops, classes, exhibits and performances presented by Indigenous peoples, participants gain a fair and balanced understanding of First Nations Peoples of the Americas.
The museum has a cadre of experienced educators, facilitators, researchers and writers who provide direction and training to corporations, schools, museums and other institutions interested in learning about Native American cultures. In addition, gifted artists including puppeteers, poets, dancers, actors and other performers are available for presentations.
Director Irma LaGuerre was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and is of Aztec, Tarasco and Taino heritage. She is an accomplished actress and singer having appeared in lead roles on the Broadway stage, as well as in off-Broadway and regional theater houses. She graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Masters of Music degree. She is a past director and co-founder of FAN (Family Awareness network). Ms. Laguerre conducts workshops in making Story Teller bags and Native American storytelling thru out the NY metropolitan area for schools, parks departments and at Pow Wows.
Assistant to the Director Vida Landron was born and raised in New York, and is proud to be of Taino and Powhatan heritage. She graduated from Fiorello H Laguardia as a drama major and from Lehman College with a BA in History. She intends to promote an education of Native American History that both honors her ancestors and preserves their legacy.
Educational Director Yvonne Dennis is a founder of Nitchen , past director of Nitchen’s Family Awareness Network, Board Secretary and award winning author. She develops training programs for teachers and consults with schools to improve their curriculum about Native peoples.
Master puppeteer Tommy Cheng comes from the Manoa Valley on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i. Tommy is a painter, actor and a musician. He has spent the last 16 years teaching New York City school children about Native people.
Consultant Elizabeth Ramos was born and raised in New York City. She is a proud Taino Indian dedicated to the education of Native American cultures. She has been a volunteer for the after school program ‘Operation Exodus’. Her dedication to The Children’s Cultural Center stems from her strong belief that Children must learn the true History of America and the Native people whom inhabited this earth.
Jonathan Murphy is the webmaster of CCCONA and treasurer of its parent organization Nitchen, Inc. He was born and raised in New York City in the Keetowah tradition and is a proud Tsalagi. He graduated from Fiorello H LaGuardia High School in music and went to Cornell University for Urban and Regional Studies.