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Fall 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month 2018


Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Event

September 14, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

CUBA: The Stories, the music and dance, the art and cuisine. 

Exhibit opening showcasing a collection of paintings. La Casita will showcase music and live performance.

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Puerto Rico/ Voces en Exilio (Voices in Exile) at La Casita
September 20, 6:30pm

Premiere performance of Voces en Exilio, a musical piece composed by José "Peppie" Calvar

to be performed by the all-student Hendricks Chapel Choir. 

This program is a collaboration with SU’s Puerto Rican Student Association, presenting a short film:

A Year After Hurriscane Maria.

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Voces En Exilo at Dean's Convocation, Hendricks Chapel
Saptember 23, 7:00pm

Inspirational readings and commentary on the experience of displaced hurricane victims, and an encore performance of Voces en Exilio.

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Meet Bestselling Author Matt De la Peña
September 29, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Matt De la Peña will give a talk about his latest published work,

a children's picture book called Love (Putnam, January 2018).

Educators, students, writers, parents and children are all welcome!

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October 9, 2:00pm-4:00pm 

Screening of Chavismo, The Plague of the 21st Century documentary film

(90 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles) will be followed by discussion with co-producer and co-director, Daniel Benaim (SU alum '81).

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Fiesta de Navidad en La Casita
December 8, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Annual community-wide Christmas party with live music and dance show, and a buffet of traditional Caribbean holiday treats!


Literacy, Art and Music Education

Dual-Language Reading Circles
Tuesdays from 5:00pm - 6:00pm, for children 5-12 years old.

Literacy workshops designed to develop conversation, reading and writing skills, working in groups and combining language practices with creative activities that relate to the reading themes. 


DanzaTroupe & Open Dance Workshops

Traditional forms of Afro-Caribbean music and dance as well as popular genre including salsa, merengue and bachata. In these weekly dance classes, participants learn and practice the essential rhythms and movements of this lively dances. Ages 5 and up. 


Bilingual Library & Cultural Memory Archive


La Casita houses a bilingual library to serve as an interactive space where local residents, students, and scholars can discover the richness and diversity of U.S. Latino and Latin American literatures and cultures.

The library was designed and built by Syracuse University students from the Society of Multicultural Architects and Designers in SU’s School of Architecture.

For students in Library Sciences and in the Cultural Heritage Preservation Certificate Program (SU’s School of Information Studies) this is a great opportunity to acquire library experience.


Oral History Series

Open forums where local community members share their stories and discuss issues of relevance to them following prompts and interviews designed by journalistic and social sciences programs at Syracuse University. Scheduled interviews and occasional open mic sessions are recorded on video to be preserved in La Casita’s Library as part of its cultural memory archive.


La Casita Art Gallery


Also on view, La Casita's collection of Latino baseball memorabilia.This ongoing research project at La Casita, now in its 4th year, explores the national pastime as a social and cultural force within U.S. Latino communities and across Latin America. This is part of a national community collecting and research initiative in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.

Visit Our Center

La Casita offers interactive guided tours in both Spanish and English. Space is available for special events, receptions, classes, meetings, and workshops.

Image digitizing services offered.
Historic pieces that tell the history of our families and community are welcome to be scanned or photographed at no cost. These pieces and the stories that surround them, are cataloged and preserved in La Casita's Cultural Memory Archive, a digital archiving project in collaboration with Syracuse University Libraries. La Casita is prepared to digitize photos, documents, prints, art pieces, old family keepsakes and transparencies. Families may keep the originals along with digital copies that will remain in perfect condition for years to come. Digitizing service is not limited to baseball-related pieces. All items donated or loaned to exhibit collections at La Casita are welcome.
This is program of the Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community,
College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University,
in partnership with Smithsonian Institution.