Programs


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


Exhibits(+)

Balcón Criollo



A collection of community-sourced photographs, memorabilia and meaningful objects 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. This exhibit opens to the public in September each year as part of commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

La 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 museum studies internships, and art workshops. The gallery's annual signature programs include the Balcón Criollo, and the Young Art (Arte Joven) exhibitions.

Spring Events(+)

APRIL
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.

MAY
ARTE JOVEN 2016 (YOUNG ART 2016) EXHIBIT OPENING

Featuring original artwork by children in La Casita's arts education youth programs.

Fall Events(+)

SEPTEMBER 15, 6:00 - 8:00pm
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH OPENING EVENT
Exhibit opening and live performance

DECEMBER  6:00 - 8:00pm

FIESTA DE NAVIDAD EN LA CASITA
Our annual community wide Christsmas party



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LATINOS IN BASEBALL

La Casita, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, explores the cultural and historical perspectives of the national sport: "el béisbol".

BALCÓN CRIOLLO exhibit

La Casita’s Balcón Criollo celebrates Latino family history and traditions with a gallery-wide installation of community-sourced photographs and meaningful artifacts. Guided tours by appointment, M-F 12:00 - 6:00 pm