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"My kids have been exposed to every culture"

2022’s Forecast for the Arts

Faces of IBA

2021 Highlights of our programs

"¡No paren, porque han cambiado mi vida!"

85 West Newton Project

"The light in my daughter’s eyes every time she comes back home is amazing."

"The light in my daughter’s eyes every time she comes back home is amazing."

In 2021, 15 students graduated from IBA’s Preschool Program, which prepared them for a successful entrance into elementary school. Despite a number of challenges during the last few years due to the pandemic, IBA’s Preschool rose to the occasion and implemented new protocols and strategies that proved successful for the e...

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s Vision for Affordable Housing

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s Vision for Affordable Housing

In 2021, Michelle Wu made history as the first woman and woman of color to be elected Mayor of Boston. Her win symbolizes a wave of change and, with it, brings hope for reform in our city. Throughout Wu’s campaign, the affordable housing crisis remained at the...

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Empowering the Future of Boston

Empowering the Future of Boston

In 2016, IBA’s Youth Development Program (YDP) won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Awarded by former First Lady Michelle Obama, this award was the nation’s highest honor for after-school and out-of-school-time arts and humanities programs that focused on the needs and talents of young people. But what does YDP do, exactly, that’s so impressive? ...

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“Don’t stop, because you have changed my life!”

“Don’t stop, because you have changed my life!”

Isaura Gómez has been our resident in Villa Victoria for the past 5 years. She transferred from a different housing location, not supported by IBA’s Resident Services Program, that lacked the facilities she needed as a disabled person, and faced isolation and indifference. We sat down with Isaura and she told us how today her life “is not gray anymore” [...], because she now lives in ...

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The Gratitude We Feel at IBA

The Gratitude We Feel at IBA

During the month of November, we want to take the time to reflect on the work we do at IBA, and to express our gratitude for the generous and continued support of our donors. We are grateful for the partnerships and investments of both individual and corporate donations, grants, and supporter fundraising events that allow us to continue to elevate and strengthen our efforts to provide affordabl...

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Thank you to Donors!

Thank you to Donors!

IBA’s mission is to empower and engage individuals and families to improve their lives through high-quality affordable housing, education, and arts programs. Our programs focus on each of these aspects, but the fact is nothing would be possible without the support of our donors. All donations, big or small, are meaningful to IBA and the communities we serve. We are so very grate...

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Thank you, City of Boston!

Thank you, City of Boston!

IBA’s Resident Services Program provides health and wellness, social and recreational, and case coordination services to over one thousand residents in Villa Victoria. As one of the few programs in Boston that address the specific needs of the Latinx elders (65+), this program brings a sense of belonging and care to the community. Our Resident Services Program has been busy organizing ...

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“Art events require lots of long hours, days, weeks and months of planning”

“Art events require lots of long hours, days, weeks and months of planning”

Our Arts Programs contributes to IBA’s goal of improving our community by promoting and celebrating the diversity of Latino arts and culture through music, visual arts, dance and community festivals. Juan Carlos González is the Program’s Director and had to find ways of keeping arts events happening throughout a pandemic. Not an easy task but at the end, done successfully. Read al...

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Festival Betances through the years

Festival Betances through the years

Starting over 40 years ago, Festival Betances is New England's oldest and longest-running Latino music and cultural celebration. Back when it started and up until 2019—before the Covid-19 pandemic—the festival is a three-day celebration of the arts. It began on Friday with a parade marching through the streets of Villa Victoria. The parade ended in Plaza Betances, where for the next t...

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What the Supreme Court’s Decision to End Biden’s Eviction Moratorium Means for Boston

What the Supreme Court’s Decision to End Biden’s Eviction Moratorium Means for Boston

On August 26, the Supreme Court lifted the Biden administration’s nationwide moratorium on evictions with a narrow 5-4 vote. This decision has left over seven million households, many of which are behind on rent, in jeopardy of being evicted from their homes. Addr...

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