La Casita Art GalleryLa Casita's Art Gallery showcases U.S. Latino and Latin American artists and civic centered exhibitions that explore the American experience and cultural richness of Hispanic communities in the U.S.. Managed by Syracuse University's Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community at the College of Arts and Sciences, the space is also an interactive laboratory for civic engagement and museum studies research. La Casita offers interactive guided tours in both Spanish and English.
Currently on View
PA' LA CALLE/ To the Streets
September 13, 2019 - March 31, 2020
La Casita Cultural Center has collaborated with local artist, Bennie Guzman, to create an exhibition exploring the relationships and influences the Latino Community has had with hip-hop and street culture. Working closely with the Latino communities of Syracuse and La Casita Cultural Center, Guzman has curated a collection of paintings and developed community dialogues exploring Street Art, Reggaeton, community building, and the local Syracuse communities.
During the creation of this project, Guzman has created a series of portraits highlighting members of the Latino community in Syracuse, who are actively engaged with the continued development and well-being of this community. Portraits include individuals like Gregorio Jimenez, Executive Director of the Near Westside Initiative, and Bea Gonzalez, Vice President for Community Engagement and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at Syracuse University. Guzman has also collaborated with The Spanish Action League’s One Team One Dream youth group to create a mural inspired by their lives as young people in Syracuse, NY.
“Pa’ La Calle” (To the Streets), will serves as the kick off for Hispanic Heritage Month programming at La Casita Cultural Center. This yearlong exhibition, will serves as the foundation for the programming hosted by La Casita Cultural Center throughout the academic year.
PA' LA CALLE Opening Reception
Sept 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
La Casita Cultural Center celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the opening of the annual exhibit on September 13, 2019, starting at 6:30pm. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be served. Opening will include special performances by Dominque’s Dance Creation and Syracuse University’s Raices. La Casita Cultural Center is located at 109 Otisco St, Syracuse NY, with free parking available.
LETRAS DEL REGGAETON / LYRICS OF REGGAETON
Oct 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM
A group of SU scholars, faculty, students and local DJs will have an open dialogue about the controversial nature of hip-hop and reggaeton lyrics, the global impact on the genres in the music industry, and it's undisputed success in the conquering young markets in almost every culture worldwide. Panelists will include Syracuse Univeristy professors Todd Herreman, specialist in Music Industry; David Knapp, expert on Arab Hip-Hop; Biko Mandela Gray, author of Bread,Breaking Beats: Churches and Hip-Hop - AGuide to Key Issues. They will be joined by Hasan "DJ Maestro" Stephens, Director of Good Life Youth Foundation and professional DJ; Liamna Pestana Roche, student at Setnor School of Music who will talk about the ban on Reggaeton in her native Cuba, and Roberto Luis Perez, professional Latin music DJ and co-founder of La Familia de la Salsa.
Student Panel & Open Mic
Mar 31, 2020 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
La Casita Cultural Center will host a Panel Discussion & Open Mic exploring Hip-Hop & Reggaeton. This event serves as the culmination of a year-long project titled Pa' la calle (To the Streets) which examined urban cultures from various vantage points. Pa'la calle, opened to the public in September of 2019 after months of planning and engagement with community members who collaborated in the production. Inspired by urban culture, Pa’ la calle explored life in the barrios, street art, graffiti and artistic expressions through music genres that spring from the hip-hop culture, such as reggaeton, now a global phenomenon.