Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, the largest and most significant Latino Cultural Center in New England, applies the arts and culture as tools for self-improvement and community building.

Orchestra prepares for their performance at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts

IBA’s Arts Program promotes and celebrates the diversity of Latino arts and culture through music, visual arts, dance and more. Housed at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, the largest Latino arts center in New England, IBA presents concerts, festivals, exhibits and other high quality programming that is affordable accessible, and innovative.

The beautiful Villa Victoria Center for the Arts includes a 425-person capacity performance hall, an art gallery, visual arts studio, movement and dance studio and office space. The space is also available for rent and the funds generated support IBA’s Arts Programs. Rent our space.

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"I learned a lot about my culture through Festival Betances and I feel lots of pride. I still come every year and now I’m bringing my children to participate. It’s great to see so many people of different cultures and economic backgrounds coming together to celebrate community through the arts."- Luis, 35 years old, Boston resident

The Award-Winning Arts Program includes:

  • Latino Performance Series – Presents innovative Latino and Latin American music, dance and theater.
  • La Galería – The first gallery in New England that presents year-round exhibits by artists from Latin America, the US and the Caribbean.
  • Festival Betances – The oldest and largest Latino folk arts celebration in New England celebrated every year on the 3rd weekend of July. 
  • Tito Puente Latin Music Series – Summer concerts in Boston’s public parks in collaboration with Berklee College of Music and the City of Boston ParkARTS’ program.
  • Special Events – Including multicultural celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, Three Kings Day, Black History Month and Chinese New Year, among others.
  • Arts Education – Arts workshops and classes are integrated into IBA’s Preschool, Afterschool and Summer Learning, Youth Development and Resident Services Programs.

Who can participate?

  • Residents of Villa Victoria – an affordable housing community in Boston’s South End with a focus on elderly, disabled and primarily Spanish speaking residents.
  • Latinos (18 to 65 years old) throughout the city and the region.
  • Anyone in the New England community that appreciates Latino arts.
  • IBA Program Participants.
  • School children from Boston elementary schools – whose school music programs have been decimated by budget cuts.
  • Latino Artists of – local, regional, national and international relevance.

For more information, please contact Elsa Mosquera-Sterenberg, Director at 617-927-1737 or emosquera@ibaboston.org.

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Arts Program Updates & Announcements

Posted 2 months ago

Festival Betances is this weekend, July 21-22nd! Find this year’s anniversary agenda here.


Posted 2 months ago

Come to La Galería at 6pm on July 19th to see the neighborhood in a new perspective through “The Power that Voice Has” exhibition.


Posted 2 months ago

Take part in the Running From/Running To pop-up on July 17th at 7pm to engage in a conversation about establishing a sense of place in society.


Posted 3 months ago

Come to the Estelas de Maria Panel Discussion on June 28 to learn about the aftermath of Hurricane Maria from notable Puerto Rican community leaders.


Posted 4 months ago

Looking to blend arts and activism? Check out Estelas de María, the photo exhibition documenting the storm’s effect on Puerto Rico.


Posted 6 months ago

Come see Puerto Rico’s funniest comedy troupe perform live at IBA on April 21 at 8pm!


Posted 7 months ago

Celebrate Puerto Rico with musician Roy Brown on March 23. Tickets here.


Posted 7 months ago

Explore the migration of music with the Voci Angelica Trio on March 17. RSVP here.


Posted 7 months ago

Don’t miss Angel Vázquez’s inspirational performance on February 25! Get tickets here.


Posted 9 months ago

This Grammy winning timbalero and his big band are using their mastery of mambo to turn back time on January 19.


Posted 12 months ago

Join a panel discussion with Cubaneo artist, Mark Guglielmo, about the rich history of Cuba on October 19th.


Posted 12 months ago

On Oct 20th, experience a night of Brazilian culture, featuring food, music, and a dance-style characterized by its partnered, tango-like choreography.


Posted 1 year ago

Discuss the impact of telenovelas during June Carolyn Erlick’s book launch event on October 26th.


Posted 1 year ago

Artist & producer, Mark Guglielmo, pays homage to Cuba under & after Fidel in Cubaneo, open Oct 6th-Oct 27th.


Posted 1 year ago

Modesto Lacén is breaking character for Un Cuerpo para Construir, a closer look at some of his most famous roles.


Posted 1 year ago

A gay man and his estranged mother dream of reuniting in Matiné y Noche, a parallel monologue.


Posted 1 year ago

Pedro Cruz, a Villa Victoria resident, explores his Puerto Rican roots through photography.

 


Posted 1 year ago

Don’t miss Los Hacheros closing Tito Puente Latin Music Series on August 10th!


Posted 1 year ago

Get ready to dance with Jesús Pagán y Conjunto Barrio on August 3rd during Tito Puente Latin Music Series!


Posted 1 year ago

Don’t miss Radio Calle 32 heating up Tito Puente Latin Music Series on July 27th!


Posted 1 year ago

Tito Puente Latin Music Series is bringing you Metrobar Project on July 20th!


Posted 1 year ago

Tito Puente Latin Music Series is brining you the Queen of Timabales, Zayra Pola, on July 13th!


Posted 1 year ago

Eric Germán y su orchesta is spicing up the dance floor with salsa in O’Day Playground on July 6th!


Posted 1 year ago

Celebrate 20 years of music & 50 years of life with Jarabe de Palo’s “50 PALOS” concert on June 20th!


Posted 1 year ago

This summer, Festival Betances returns July 15th & 16th! Don’t miss a beat, stay updated here.


Posted 1 year ago

Dance to live tango music from Orquesta Bajofondo in Plaza Betances on May 22nd at 6pm!


Posted 1 year ago

Support our Youth Development Program artists and activists during their annual Paredes en Fuego exhibit.


Posted 2 years ago

Bring the entire family to enjoy the inspiring Pan-Latin ensemble, Sol y Canto, in concert.


Posted 2 years ago

Enjoy an intimate concert from multi-Grammy-winning musician, Draco Rosa.


Posted 2 years ago

Be inspired by bohemia music & literature on March 31st during Bohemia Literaria con Silverio Pérez.


Posted 2 years ago

Honor Women’s History Month with this exhibit showcasing local Latina artists.


Posted 2 years ago

Looking for fun & free activities for your child over February break? Check out Classics 4 Kids at our VVCA.


Posted 2 years ago

Let’s commemorate Black History Month with poetry from SOUP Boston & our Youth.


Posted 2 years ago

Get tickets to our biggest concert this season, we’ll celebrate Grammy nominee, Miguel Zenón‘s album release!


Posted 2 years ago

With choreography & music inspired by Pablo Neruda, Urbanity Dance visits our VVCA with their empowering performance.


Posted 2 years ago

We’re recreating the famous Puerto Rican San Sebastian Festival in miniature at our VVCA.


Posted 2 years ago

Artist, Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo, sheds light on the Puerto Rican debt crisis through art and discussion.


Posted 2 years ago

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this colorful & colorful dance from the Chinese Folk Art Workshop.


Posted 2 years ago

Discover the sounds of Afro-Venezuelan culture during Betsayda Machado’s concert on January 13th.


Posted 2 years ago

Celebrate the festive season with classic holiday songs in English & Spanish during our Navidad en la Villa Concert.


Posted 2 years ago

¡A rumbear! Have a guarito y ron & dance the night away with Gregorio Uribe. Buy your tickets here.


Posted 2 years ago

Listen to a new twist on an old musical tradition with Radio Jarocho. Purchase tickets here.


Posted 2 years ago

Experience the “lively” and “infectious” sound of Sol y Canto at the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. RSVP here.


Posted 2 years ago

See how street art has become a voice for the community & is helping make a change. RSVP here.