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Programs

Literacy, Art and Music Education

 

Weekly Programs

La Casita offers weekly arts and educational programs for local community members. These programs are free for community youth, ages 6 and up.

For more details please contact La Casita.

Spaces are limited.

 

Dual-Language Reading Circles

Tuesdays from 4:30pm-5:30pm.

Creative activities that explore the themes of the readings, improve children’s reading skills in English and Spanish, connect reading with daily-life experiences, engage children in a bilingual, multicultural environment where they develop a friendly relationship with books, stories and art.

 

STEM Workshop

Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30pm.

Children work with student volunteers from SU School of Engineering Latino student group on weekly STEM related projects. Children learn about science, Technology, Engineering and math through games and experiments.

 

DanzaTroupe & Open Dance Workshops

Fridays from 4:30pm-5:30pm.

Learn to dance to the rhythms of música Latina with La Casita’s DANZA troupe. Experience the joy of dance and the thrill of performing for your community!

 

La Casita Art Gallery

La Casita’s Art Gallery is a collection of community-sourced photographs, memorabilia and meaningful pieces showcased in a porch-like corner

installation and along the walls of the entire center, inspired by the work of Puerto Rican artist Pepón Osorio. La Casita Cultural Center presents this civic centered exhibition that explores the American experience and cultural richness of Hispanic communities in the Central New York. 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 interns, and arts education programs. The gallery showcases four exhibits per year: Latino and Latin American guest artists every spring; the Young Art (Arte Joven) exhibition (through the summer); and the Balcón Criollo installation (every fall).

 

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.

 

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.

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

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.