Emerges from the streets and schoolyards of the Bronx, where salsa and hip-hop were born. Under the direction of Jose Ortiz aka Dr. Drum and Melinda Gonzalez, BombaYo’s intergenerational community ensemble bring new energy to a centuries-old Afro Puerto Rican music and dance tradition. Beyond mere performance, BombaYo creates an interactive celebration engaging their audience through song, drum and dance. In the spirit of Sankofa, BombaYo members draw from the bomba tradition to enrich their lives, embrace their cultural legacy, and share this gift with others. bombayo.org
Editor of the Nuyorican Women Writers Anthology published in Voices e/Magazine, City University of New York. She is a guest curator for the Museum of American Poetics and assistant editor for Eco-poetry.org. She was featured on National Public Radio’s The Talk of the Nation, and the PBS NewsHour Special: America Remembers 9/11. The author of, It Concerns the Madness (Long Shot Productions) and the editor of if the world were mine; a children’s’ anthology published by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Upcoming spoken word performance includes: Symphony Space on May 18. nancy-mercado.com
Writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña which he self-published under his own studio, Somos Arte. Edgardo’s debut as a writer for Marvel has been received with critical acclaim similar to his initial work with Marvel as curator of two exhibitions Santerians: The Art of Joe Quesada and Marvelous Color. Via Somos Arte, he has a client roster that includes Marvel, Atlantic Records, Columbia University, and various Latino non-profits like ASPIRA of New York, El Puente and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. He is also co-founder of the graphic novel publishing company Darryl Makes Comics with his business partner, Darryl DMC McDaniels. somosarte.com
A pilot program that presents and explores the social justice issues and challenges that youth face within society such as: racism, economic disparity, identity, gender, food justice, and gentrification. Through this interdisciplinary program the youth learn leadership, photography, design, illustration, writing, editing and literacy skills. ARTiculation also features social justice driven guest speakers, hands on workshops, field trips, career and college prep, tutoring as well as a wellness component. The outcome of this research year, October 5, 2016 - June 1, 2017, is this self-published zine and a year-end exhibition in Casita’s Youth and Community Gallery.