News/Events

La Casita’s ‘Once Upon a Time…A Toy Show’ Exhibit to Spark Dialogue Across Cultures and Ages

dolls from the collection on view at La Casita.

La Casita fall 2022 exhibit: Once Upon a Time… A Toy Show / Erase una vez… un show de juguetes, presents work by Latin American and US artists inspired by dolls and toys as the gallery transforms into an interactive playground. The fall 2022 exhibit features work by artists Matías Roth, Dashel Hernández, Rochele Royster, Jaleel Campbell, a collaborative piece by Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia, and a 9 ft. mural by Abisay Puentes, teaching artist at La Casita, who created the piece with the children as part of the activities of the summer 2022 youth programs.

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SU Students and Alumni Team Up with Local Musicians for Make Music Day

Musical instruments displayed against a mural of a Cuban sunset

La Casita, in partnership with CNY Arts, will join in the global music celebration of Make Music Day on June 21, 2022. La Casita will host its Fiesta de la Música an afternoon open house showcasing live performances by Syracuse University students, recent graduates and alums with musicians from the City’s Westside community. Continue Reading

La Casita Releases Anthology of Children’s Stories

La Casita Children's Stories

La Casita is pleased to announce the release of it’s latest anthology ” La Casita Children’s Stories/ Cuentos de los niños y niñas de La
Casita.” The four books compiled in this collection were written and illustrated by children attending La Casita Cultural Center’s Dual Language Literacy Programs between 2017 and 2022, and made possible through the support of Syracuse University student volunteers.

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Engaging Urban Communities: Rebounding from COVID-19 and the “New Normal”

Engaging Urban Communities: Rebounding from COVID-19 and the “New Normal” will be the focus of open dialogue at La Casita on Thursday, February 24, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. This event will be held in person at La Casita and via Zoom. A group of panelists to lead the discussion will include Syracuse University faculty, students, and community partners across the City of Syracuse. Admission is free and open to the public. Face masks are required, along with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result.

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La Casita 2021 Year-End Review

La Casita 2021 Year End Review

Thank you to all the families, students, faculty, sponsors, and community members for being a part of our Fall 2021 semester. After a year and a half of being shut down, La Casita has re-opened it’s doors to our community. Continue Reading

La Casita Memories: Balcón Criollo 2013

Balcon Criollo 2013 Exhibit at La Casita.
El Balcón Criollo, October 8, 2013 at La Casita

To commemorate La Casita’s 10th anniversary, the center wants to highlight the artists, community members, and events that define its history. In 2013, La Casita hosted its first Balcón Criollo exhibit. Inspired by the work of Puerto Rican artist Pepón Osorio and through a community engagement effort led by Luz Encarnación, the Balcón Criollo has since become the signature program commemorating Hispanic Heritage at La Casita.

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La Casita Memories: 2012 Art Exhibits

Selection from “The Photographer as a Child: Memories from Guatemala” exhibit in 2012

To commemorate La Casita’s 10th anniversary, the center wants to highlight the artists, community members, and events that define its history. In 2012, La Casita hosted two exhibits: “The Photographer as a Child: Memories from Guatemala” and “Angels on the Border”. These are some of the first exhibits presented at La Casita and are representative of the artwork and narratives the center would highlight in the following years.

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BOMBA: The Rhythm of the Barrio

La Casita's Dance Troupe at the opening event of the 2011 Bomba y Plena Festival
La Casita’s Dance Troupe at the opening event of the 2011 Bomba y Plena Festival

Music and dance have always been at the heart of La Casita’s programming. From exhibits to recitals and performances, to youth programs, student projects and more, La Casita has embraced the rhythms that define Latin music and dance, and expands on these traditions. As we commemorate La Casita’s 10th anniversary, we reflect on the Center’s dance programs and the vital role that they play in community building and cultural heritage preservation.

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Building Community

La Casita Blueprints
The Original Blueprints diagram the selected building project that would later become La Casita

Prior to 2011, the historic Lincoln Supply Building remained an empty warehouse space located on Syracuse’s Near Westside. In September of 2011 it became the home to La Casita Cultural Center, a vibrant and colorful space dedicated to Hispanic and Latino communities. It was the combined efforts of Syracuse University faculty, staff, students and community stakeholders that made La Casita the space it is today.

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