David Mendonça, President
Janna Mendonça, Secretary
Feligénio Medeiros, Executive Director
Luís Pires, Director
José Pracana, Director
Reach our Goal!
Portuguese/American Cultural Exchange, Inc is a non-profit corporation located in Woburn, Massachusetts.
The mission of Portuguese/American Cultural Exchange (PACE) is to engage US and Portuguese cultures through the fado, an urban music of Portugal that expresses the Portuguese identity through lyricism, composition, performance and community. To perform this mission, we undertake activities that strengthen ties between younger and older generations of Portuguese and Portuguese-Americans, and that increase the appreciation of Portuguese culture across other communities.
In our inaugural year of 2013, fado artists from Portugal will collaborate with fellow fado artists from the US in a series of concerts, workshops and other activities of community engagement, such as visits to schools of Portuguese. This year's program benefits from the collaboration and support of individuals and organizations with a deep understanding of Portuguese and Portuguese-American cultures. Many of the activities will be conducted in part in English in order to facilitate broader engagement with US communities.
David Mendonça is an Associate Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. He has had a number of close and ongoing collaborations with Portuguese researchers, including organization of a major international conference in Lisbon and continuing research projects focused on Portugal. He writes David Mendonça Feligénio Medeiros about the fado in Portuguese and English for both print and online sources, and travels frequently to Portugal. He holds US and Portuguese passports.
Feligénio Medeiros is a former co-owner of the Vellucci Insurance Agency, Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, specializing in services to Massachusetts non-profit and social service agencies, as well as restaurants and social clubs. He is also one of the founders of the Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network, Inc. (WREN). In 2003 he started the Woburn Summer Concert Series, which continues to this day. In 2012, he launched the website www.FadoNight.com, an online resource to identify venues featuring fado in the US. He is a US citizen and a native of the Açores.