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.
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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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 email@example.com.
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Arts Program Updates & Announcements
Come to La Galería at 6pm on July 19th to see the neighborhood in a new perspective through “The Power that Voice Has” exhibition.
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.
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.
Looking to blend arts and activism? Check out Estelas de María, the photo exhibition documenting the storm’s effect on Puerto Rico.
Come see Puerto Rico’s funniest comedy troupe perform live at IBA on April 21 at 8pm!
Celebrate Puerto Rico with musician Roy Brown on March 23. Tickets here.
Explore the migration of music with the Voci Angelica Trio on March 17. RSVP here.
Don’t miss Angel Vázquez’s inspirational performance on February 25! Get tickets here.
This Grammy winning timbalero and his big band are using their mastery of mambo to turn back time on January 19.
Join a panel discussion with Cubaneo artist, Mark Guglielmo, about the rich history of Cuba on October 19th.
On Oct 20th, experience a night of Brazilian culture, featuring food, music, and a dance-style characterized by its partnered, tango-like choreography.
Discuss the impact of telenovelas during June Carolyn Erlick’s book launch event on October 26th.
Artist & producer, Mark Guglielmo, pays homage to Cuba under & after Fidel in Cubaneo, open Oct 6th-Oct 27th.
Modesto Lacén is breaking character for Un Cuerpo para Construir, a closer look at some of his most famous roles.
A gay man and his estranged mother dream of reuniting in Matiné y Noche, a parallel monologue.
Pedro Cruz, a Villa Victoria resident, explores his Puerto Rican roots through photography.
Don’t miss Los Hacheros closing Tito Puente Latin Music Series on August 10th!
Get ready to dance with Jesús Pagán y Conjunto Barrio on August 3rd during Tito Puente Latin Music Series!
Don’t miss Radio Calle 32 heating up Tito Puente Latin Music Series on July 27th!
Tito Puente Latin Music Series is bringing you Metrobar Project on July 20th!
Tito Puente Latin Music Series is brining you the Queen of Timabales, Zayra Pola, on July 13th!
Eric Germán y su orchesta is spicing up the dance floor with salsa in O’Day Playground on July 6th!
Celebrate 20 years of music & 50 years of life with Jarabe de Palo’s “50 PALOS” concert on June 20th!
This summer, Festival Betances returns July 15th & 16th! Don’t miss a beat, stay updated here.
Dance to live tango music from Orquesta Bajofondo in Plaza Betances on May 22nd at 6pm!
Support our Youth Development Program artists and activists during their annual Paredes en Fuego exhibit.
Bring the entire family to enjoy the inspiring Pan-Latin ensemble, Sol y Canto, in concert.
Enjoy an intimate concert from multi-Grammy-winning musician, Draco Rosa.
Be inspired by bohemia music & literature on March 31st during Bohemia Literaria con Silverio Pérez.
Honor Women’s History Month with this exhibit showcasing local Latina artists.
Looking for fun & free activities for your child over February break? Check out Classics 4 Kids at our VVCA.
Let’s commemorate Black History Month with poetry from SOUP Boston & our Youth.
Get tickets to our biggest concert this season, we’ll celebrate Grammy nominee, Miguel Zenón‘s album release!
With choreography & music inspired by Pablo Neruda, Urbanity Dance visits our VVCA with their empowering performance.
We’re recreating the famous Puerto Rican San Sebastian Festival in miniature at our VVCA.
Artist, Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo, sheds light on the Puerto Rican debt crisis through art and discussion.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this colorful & colorful dance from the Chinese Folk Art Workshop.
Discover the sounds of Afro-Venezuelan culture during Betsayda Machado’s concert on January 13th.
Celebrate the festive season with classic holiday songs in English & Spanish during our Navidad en la Villa Concert.
¡A rumbear! Have a guarito y ron & dance the night away with Gregorio Uribe. Buy your tickets here.
Listen to a new twist on an old musical tradition with Radio Jarocho. Purchase tickets here.