Partners & Funders

The South Bronx Culture Trail is presented by Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Bronx Music Heritage Center, Dancing in the Streets in partnership with BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, Bronx Culture Collective, City Lore, En Garde Arts, Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc, Pregones Theater, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYC Transit and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).  

The South Bronx Culture Trail is a community arts and education development initiative started in 2011 by Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and Dancing in the Streets that celebrates and captures key moments in the cultural history of the South Bronx.

CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS & EDUCATION is the oldest Latino charity in NYC, founded in 1934. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.

BRONX MUSIC HERITAGE CENTER (BMHC) was founded by the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco). The BMHC is committed to preserving and promoting Bronx music, cultivating Bronx artists, spurring neighborhood revival and providing free cultural programs for the community.

DANCING IN THE STREETS is a South Bronx based organization that develops movement-based projects through long-term social practice initiatives, integrating rigorous inquiry, artistic exploration, deep community engagement, and the nurturing of emerging urban artists.

BAAD! / THE BRONX ACADEMY OF ARTS & DANCE creates, produces, presents, and supports the development of cutting edge and challenging works in contemporary dance and all creative disciplines that are empowering to women, Latinos and other people of color, and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer)

BRONX CULTURE COLLECTIVE (BxCC) is a network committed to preserving and amplifying the cultural community and legacy of the South Bronx.

CITY LORE documents, presents, and advocates for grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories, histories, places, and traditions.

EN GARDE ARTS produces bold, unconventional, and innovative multimedia and interdisciplinary theatre that marries content with community and inspires dialogue and debate about the salient issues of our time.

LINCOLN CENTER’S BORO-LINC partners with cultural organizations in each borough to offer free, family-friendly performances, workshops, and exhibitions by Lincoln Center resident organizations and community-based artists to bring world-class family programming to all five boroughs. Major support for Boro-Linc is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Generous support facilitated by The Honorable City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and I. Daneek Miller Lead Corporate Support is provided by Time Warner Additional Corporate Support is provided by DISNEY.

PREGONES THEATER AND PUERTO RICAN TRAVELING THEATER continue to champion the many riches of Latino theater as a distinct tradition; nurture the development of extraordinary artists and new works; seed local neighborhoods with responsible leadership and revitalization; and galvanize generations of diverse artists and audiences.

THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT encompasses the key economic and creative sectors of film, TV, theater, music, advertising, publishing, digital content and real estate as it relates to these industries.

NYC TRANSIT is the largest public transportation agency in North America and one of the largest in the world.

NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY (NYCHA)’s mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services.

The South Bronx Culture Trail is supported by Booth Ferris Foundation, Con Edison, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The New York Community Trust, New York Housing Authority (NYCHA), Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundationand public funding from Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Rafael Salamanca Jr., Councilmember for the 17th District of the New York City Council, representing the South Bronx; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to Elba Cabrera and Joe Conzo Jr. for their collaboration in presenting Las Tres Hermanas exhibition at Casita Maria Gallery and Bronx Music Heritage Center, to SoBRO for the support in accessing Roberto Clemente Plaza and the Venture Center, Ghetto Film School / Digital Bodega for filming and post production work and Bronx CoWorks for providing their space as a rain location.

June 2017 is New York Music Month (NYMM) – the first-ever citywide celebration of New York City’s diverse music ecosystem. The month is an initiative of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment in partnership with NY is Music.  

Music is central to the city’s economy, social fabric, and cultural identity. NYMM celebrates this with programming and resources for musicians and the music industry; co-branded concerts; advertising and social media campaigns; a website with a comprehensive calendar of free and ticketed music events; educational programs; and much more.

“We are excited that this year the South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2017 is a part of New York Music Month, organized by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the first ever citywide celebration of New York’s rich musical heritage." -Haydee Morales, Executive Director ,Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education