Para Roberto, 2016 - ongoing
Percent for Art Commission, Roberto Clemente Plaza, bronze and bronze patina
Scheduled for completion: Fall 2017.
Para Roberto is a dedication to legendary baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente’s “would have been” future. A 5’ tall chair made from stickball and baseball bats and balls sitting underneath a 12’ tall canopy of sugarcane. The chair represents Roberto in his retirement, built upon his history, perseverance, and dedication to working with kids to help realize their dreams as future baseball players. It is an “Abuelo” chair; a chair grandfathers would sit in, reminiscing and telling stories filled with history and wisdom. melissacalderon.com
Mariachi Real De Mexico
Founded in 1991 by Ramon Ponce and his son Ramon Ponce Jr. This year, Mariachi Real De Mexico is proudly celebrating its 25th Anniversary. Mariachi Real De Mexico is considered to be the ambassador of Mariachi music and the most important and sought after mariachi ensemble in New York City and the North East of the United States. mariachirealdemexico.com
It’s Showtime NYC!
Celebrates and promotes New York City street culture, providing performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers, whose unique NYC art form—“Lite Feet”—mixes acrobatics, hat tricks, and Breakdance elements. The program offers opportunities to perform in NYC parks and public spaces as well as personal and professional skill development that builds viable and sustainable creative career paths. It’s Showtime NYC! Is a program of Dancing in the Streets, developed in partnership with Mark Morris Dance Group, supported by NYC Mayor’s Office, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation. itsshowtime.nyc
Music With a Message
A summer tour group that aims to change communities one song at a time. Twenty-five performers ages 6-21 are professionally trained to write, produce and perform original songs with positive, relevant messages for the communities they visit. This unique performance camp employs a truck that transforms into a mobile stage and carries all of the band’s instruments and audio equipment. The goal of the tour is to raise awareness about issues in our community and offer solutions, empowering members of the community to work together to bring about change, in addition to bridging generation gaps through good entertainment. musicwam.org