The Caribbean Cultural Heritage Alliance, Inc (CCHA) is an ”off-spring” of the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc.
It started as a Cultural Heritage Committee in 2014 to find ways to preserve the history of the organization and its contribution to the Greater Hartford community. In collaboration with the Educational Development Seaport Network (EDSN), the committee immediately began to organize and secure the artifacts and documents of the organization. Arts, Culture & Historical Preservation were identified as one of the pillars for the strategic plan.
In 2015, WISC images were on display at the Connecticut Historical Society for 30 days as part of the Mas Camp exhibition accompanying the annual West Indian independence celebrations.
In 2019, the “proof of concept” for the travel exhibit was concluded with partnerships focused on social justice, human rights, and housing as a major theme. The strategic decision was made to separate the cultural heritage program from the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc. by creating its own entity.
In August 2020, the Caribbean Cultural Heritage Alliance, Inc (CCHA) was established and obtained its exempt status from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) 3. Donors will be able to deduct contributions they make to the organization.