Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy is currently celebrating 23 years of service to over 15,000 students and families in central Brooklyn. The organization’s mission is to support the creative, educational, and vocational development of youth of African descent. Ifetayo was founded in the spring of 1989 as a six-week series of free modern dance classes for 50 students living in the Flatbush community. It has since grown to become an educational institution serving over 2,000 students in central Brooklyn annually through six integrated in-school, after school, and weekend programs in academic and literacy training, personal skills development, community involvement, cultural heritage classes, and socially responsible artmaking. The organization’s name comes from the West African Yoruba word "ifetayo" which means "love is enough for joy" and captures Ifetayo’s nurturing approach to empowering youth and redefining community development.