Casita Maria is thrilled to welcome world-renowned, GRAMMY award-winning pianist, composer, and educator ARTURO O'FARRILL as our arts and cultural partner!
My son Wilson used to ask me the question: "Daddy if I go to college...?" and I always reminded him that it wasn't a matter of "if" but "when" he goes to college. COLLEGE OPENED MY MIND AND I WANT MY BOYS, WILSON AND HECTOR, TO KNOW THAT THIS IS AN OPTION FOR THEM. Wilson and Hector started coming to Casita Maria three years ago, when they were both 6 years old. I was very impressed with the after-school program at Casita. Wilson is learning how to play the violin. Hector is doing well in school and, as always, is very sweet and kind to everyone. Hector has autism and the teachers at Casita work really well with him. His favorite thing to do is make people feel good. If he sees that you are getting stressed or upset he will hug you or give you a pat on the back. Wilson has more of a reserved character and is very kind too. The basis to support the development of a child is for them to have a family and know that they are part of a community. Casita Maria has provided that sense of community to them. THE BEST PART OF BEING A FATHER IS TO WATCH YOUR CHILDREN GROW, TEACH THEM NEW THINGS, HELP THEM TO DEVELOP THEIR CHARACTER AND MORALS, AND FINALLY REALIZING THAT YOU WILL LEARN FROM THEM MORE THAN THEY WILL EVER LEARN FROM YOU. I am raising Wilson and Hector on my own and I work full-time as Maintenance Superintendent for Homeless Drop-In Center at BronxWorks. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have Casita Maria.
Casita Maria is turning 80 this year and we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate our anniversary than by honoring the cultural achievements of our community. Casita Maria, City Lore and Dancing in the Streets are collaborating to commission and install a series of distinctive physical markers that identify key locations in the cultural history of the South Bronx. This collaboration is the most visible part of a larger, long-term project-the SOUTH BRONX CULTURE TRAIL-that captures key moments in the South Bronx's seminal cultural history. The project is supported by a $80,000, 2-year grant from THE NEW YORK COMMUNITY TRUST.