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Teaching Youth to Use Art for Social Justice

Arts Education increases learning engagement, self-confidence, and cultural acceptance; it empowers our Youth to discover their voices and speak out through creative expression, so one day they will be the leaders our community wants to see. Today, our Youth Development Program is transforming young people’s lives by providing quality arts education …

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“Ciudadano” Fighting for Citizenship Through the Arts

Last Friday, our La Galería filled with people – of all ages and backgrounds – celebrating the opening of Fernando Ruíz Lorenzo’s exhibit, “Ciudadano,” or “Citizen.” The Gallery Opening honored “100 years of Puerto Ricans as citizens of the American empire;” and as one spectator said, the art [and accompanying …

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Transforming Music through Cultural Fusion: An Interview with Miguel Zenón

We’re excited to host this world renowned saxophonist who is transforming the jazz tradition by infusing it with Puerto Rican folkloric music: Miguel Zenón, a Puerto Rican native, will debut his newest album, “Típico,” at our Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. This multiple Grammy nominee, Guggenheim Fellow, and MacArthur …

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A Celebration for Generations

“The holidays are about bringing our community together,” said CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado during our annual Three Kings Celebration last Thursday. As many know, Latino culture encourages community celebration, and the holidays are the perfect excuse to do just that. In fact, in some Latin American countries, like Puerto Rico, the …

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A More Intimate Performance with Gregorio Uribe

¡A rumbear! Returning to our Villa Victoria Center for the Arts after last year’s sold out show, Gregorio Uribe is bringing you another rumba colombiana – this time it with a more intimate twist. Last October, Uribe and his Big Band celebrated the release of their debut album, “Cumbia Universal” …

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CultureEducation

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About el Español

October 12th celebrates Spanish Language Day – a day highlighting the importance of the Spanish Language. Started by the United Nations in 2010, we couldn’t agree more with the reason for its creation, with an “aim to promote and support initiatives that promote multiculturalism and multilingualism.” At IBA we want …

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Keeping Culture Alive

We live in a country that thrives on diversity. Where a mixture of backgrounds supports our development as a nation, whether our ancestors have been here for generations or if we are the first generation of Americans, we integrate our roots into our daily lives and share our culture with …

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Language into a Beat: An Interview with Henry Cole

We’re excited to host this world renowned percussionist who is transforming the music scene: Henry Cole, a Puerto Rican native, alongside the Villa Locura, combines a variety of musical styles to create an entirely unique genre. His fusion of beats – from salsa, to folklore, to funk, to R&B, to …

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Keeping the Community Alive: Boston’s First Latinx LGBTQ Film Festival

With constant efforts to expand the arts and infuse diversity into the various neighborhoods of Boston, we have partnered with The Theater Offensive to highlight the Latino LGBT community and present Boston’s first Latinx LGBTQ Film Festival. “I’m very excited about this collaboration with IBA and The Theater Offensive; there’s …

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Relive the Excitement: Festival Betances 2016 Recap

For the past 48 years, Festival Betances has brought together the Latino communities of Boston and beyond for a three-day event. This celebration of culture and customs occurs once a year in mid July with the hope of bringing friends and family together in a welcoming environment. Those that are …

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