Literacy, Art and Music Education
Dual-Language Reading Circles
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. Tuesdays from 5:00pm - 6:00pm, for children 5-12 years old.
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
Themed collections of community-sourced photographs, memorabilia and cultural relics showcased in a porch-like corner installation, this exhibit opens to the public in September each year to commemorate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. The year-long program explores the American experience and cultural richness of Hispanic communities in the U.S. and its deeply rooted Latin American traditions. 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 museum studies internships, workshops, artist talks and student exhibits.
DIVERSISTY IN READING: BILINGUAL LIBRARY CAMPAIGN
Special event to raise support for La Casita's community library and literacy programs; includes the publication of a children's bilingual edition written by the children in La Casita's literacy programs, and the digital publication of MUSA, a multilingual collection of poetry and prose by Syracuse University students, faculty and alumni.
SEPTEMBER 15, 6:00 - 8:00pm
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH OPENING EVENT
Exhibit opening and live performance
DECEMBER 8, 6:00 - 8:00pm
FIESTA DE NAVIDAD EN LA CASITA
Annual community-wide Christmas party with live music and dance show, and a buffet of traditional Caribbean holiday treats!