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Heart of the Barrio Opening at La Casita, Celebrating 10 Years

Milagro Heart rendering with SU colors by artist Bennie Guzman
Milagro Heart rendering with SU colors by artist Bennie Guzman

La Casita commemorates its 10th Anniversary and the start of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 with a new exhibit: Corazón del Barrio (Heart of the Barrio)

OPENING RECEPTION
September 18 / 6pm to 8pm
This will be a live event in-person at La Casita and also online via Zoom.

La Casita will honor the community of artists, educators, SU alumni, students and families who contributed to the achievement of this 10-year milestone. Opening festivities will include a tour of the exhibit, live performance by Colombian violinist, Sara Silva (G ’06), in a duet with Cuban classical guitarist and soprano Liamna Pestana (’21); a spoken word performance by Noel Quiñones, live salsa by Henry Rosado and his Grupo Boricua with dance performance by Dominique’s Dance Creations.

Admission is FREE.
CLICK HERE to REGISTER for online viewing.

Guests in attendance will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.
Use of masks will also be required.

 

SARA SILVA & LIAMNA PESTANA

Sara Silva and Liamna Pestana performed together in Symphoria's "Healing Harmonies" program at Upstate Cancer Center (2020).
Sara Silva and Liamna Pestana performed together in Symphoria’s “Healing Harmonies” program at Upstate Cancer Center (2020).

A violinist with Symphoria, Sara Silva also plays with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Tri-Cities Opera, the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, and formerly with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia in her native Bogotá. She has a Master’s degree from the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music (2006).

Liamna Pestana, from Ciego de Ávila, Cuba, plays classical guitar, medieval citole, lute, oud, archlute, Cuban tres, and Anglo-Saxon lyre. She is also a soprano and has performed with various vocal and instrumental groups in Cuba, Mexico, Argentina and the US. Liamna now lives in Syracuse and is a Syracuse University student in the Setnor School of Music.

Both Sara and Liamna have contributed immensely to the development of music education youth programs at La Casita. Sara Silva and Liamna Pestana performed together in Symphoria’s “Healing Harmonies” program at Upstate Cancer Center (2020).

NOEL QUIÑONES

Noel Quiñones visited La Casita in 2018 and donated signed copies of two poems, currently on display.
Noel Quiñones visited La Casita in 2018 and donated signed copies of two poems,
currently on display.

A Puerto Rican writer, educator, performer, and community organizer from the Bronx, Noel Quiñones has received fellowships from Poets House, the Poetry Foundation, CantoMundo, Candor Arts, and SAFTA (Sundress Academy for the Arts). As a performer, he has been featured at Lincoln Center, Harvard University, BAM, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. His work has been published in POETRY, Green Mountains Review, the Latin American Review, Rattle, Kweli Journal, and elsewhere. In 2016, he founded Project X, a Bronx-based arts organization. He is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at the University of Mississippi. His work was published in the Point of Contact poetry series Corresponding Voices (2018).

 

 

GRUPO BORICUA

Henry Rosado (third from the right) and Grupo Boricua performing at La Casita in 2017.
Henry Rosado (third from the right)
and Grupo Boricua performing at La Casita in 2017.

Henry Rosado is a US Marine Corps veteran from Salinas, Puerto Rico, superintendent at the City of Syracuse Water Dept. and a Syracuse resident of many years. He is a talented musician and founder of the Latin music band Grupo Boricua, which performs regularly throughout the City of Syracuse, the Central and Upstate NY regions and at La Casita on numerous occasions over the past 10 years.

 DOMINIQUE’S DANCE CREATIONS

Dominique's Dance Creations performed at La Casita in 2019
Dominique’s Dance Creations
performed at La Casita in 2019

Dominique’s Dance Creations is a Pre-Professional/Professional Dance Company and competitive team that focuses on the preparation of dancers for the professional world of dance and the arts. Dancers learn choreography for competitions and performances. DDC’s mission is to create a safe space through dance, diversity, creativity and the arts. The goal is growth, and the motto is: dare to be different, dare to create.

 

 

 

For more details about La Casita’s opening event CLICK HERE

C.A.R.T. captioning available in English and Spanish upon request. For all accessibility request please contact La Casita by Sept. 10. Please email: lacasita@syr.edu

This program is part of Syracuse Symposium 2021. More details at:  Syracuse Symposium 2021: CONVENTIONS

 

 

La Casita’s Cultural Memory Archive to Go Live

La Casita Librarian & Archivist, Dragana Drobnjak
La Casita Librarian & Archivist, Dragana Drobnjak

La Casita’s digital collection of well over 1000 community-sourced stories, photos and videos, has been awarded an Access and Digitization Grant that will enable the archive to be accessible and searchable online in 2021. The project in partnership with Syracuse University Libraries and the Central New York Library Resources Council (CLRC), aims to make the content of La Casita’s digital archive accessible through the New York Heritage Digital Collection and SU Libraries. Phase 1 of the project to be completed this year, will include 200 videos.

“This project coincides with the commemoration of La Casita’s 10th anniversary next fall and we are super excited to make this archive available to scholars, artists and researchers on a much wider scale,” said Tere Paniagua, executive director of the Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community at Syracuse University.

The New York Heritage Digital Collection is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in learning more about the peoples, places, and institutions of New York State. “We look forward to adding new content to the archive at least once a year,” expressed La Casita’s librarian and archivist, Dragana Drobnjak. “Our aim is to make our entire collection accessible and make sure that the Latinx communities and cultures of Central NY are well represented in these important collections for the first time.”

Abuelitas/Little Grandmas Now Available in Print

Copies of "Abuelitas" (Little Grandmas) Children book now in printLa Casita presents its 4th bilingual edition now also in print. This bilingual edition was written and illustrated by the children the Dual Language Reading Circles after-school program at La Casita Cultural Center in Syracuse, NY. It was released on September 18, 2020 as part of the Abuelas exhibition program commemorating the start of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month and features our authors memories of special times with their Abuelas (Grandmothers).

CONGRATULATIONS to our young authors!
Ailanees León (7th grade, Liverpool School District), Aliana Russell Anamaría (9th grade, Charter Schools of Syracuse NY), Karla Anamaría (5th grade, Liverpool School District), Kiana Anamaría (7th grade, Liverpool School District), Lalazia Daniels (6th grade, Syracuse City School District), Talivo Salley (3rd grade, Syracuse City School District), and Naibella Morris-Rodríguez (Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Syracuse NY)

A huge THANK YOU to our partners who collaborated in this publication project:

SU professor Emma Ticio and her students of Spanish 439/639: Language in Action, who assisted in the writing workshops with the children as well as the editing of the Spanish translation and graphic composition.

Our Coeditors: Christian Andino Borrero, Margot Clark and Dragana Drobnjak.

Our student volunteers in the writing workshops: Paul Alfonso Soto, Andrea Moreno Nogueda, Madison Snyder, César Iván Suárez, Pariz Malik, Grace Del Pino, and Julia Del Pino

To order a copy of the book for $10 please email La Casita : lacasita@syr.edu. All proceeds go to support our Dual Language Literacy Program.

Support comes from the Humanities Center at Syracuse University and the 2020 Syracuse Symposium on Futures.