Take the Green Train

South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2017: Take the Green Train

Celebrating Activism and Community Leadership in the Bronx For 11 Days

FREE: JUNE 1 – 11, 2017

A festival celebrating the legacy of activism and community leadership in the Bronx with 31 visual art, dance, music, theater, spoken word, artist-led and community-based group projects. All programs are rooted in social justice themes and designed to positively engage communities. Events are free and held in community gardens, venues and plazas along the 4, 5, and 6 subway lines in the Bronx from June 1-11, 2017. Culture is contagious and it starts with you!

Join us June 1–11 for a creative commute filled with dance, music, theater and spoken word along the 4, 5, and 6 lines in The Bronx. At select MTA stops, artists will perform on the subway platforms (note: far behind the yellow lines) meet up and continue on the subways cars until they reach a final destination for a collective performance. There will also be artists-led projects in local community gardens and plazas along subway stops. Since we all know culture is contagious and it starts with you, all of the work presented is based on themes of social justice and positive, interactive community building. Ride with us and remember… keep your sense of belonging close and have an activism inspired day!

The South Bronx Culture Trail is a community arts and education development initiative established in 2011 by Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and Dancing in the Streets that celebrates and captures key moments in the cultural life of the South Bronx.Each year a collection of partners are invited to illuminate a facet of this robust history. This year’s festival theme name, Take the Green Train, is inspired by the jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn and signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra, “Take the ‘A’ Train” (1941). The title connotes the color of the Bronx subway lines while also referencing the activist stance of being green. Festival events are sited in a mixture of locations throughout the South Bronx to engage multiple communities and to reclaim public space. In the Bronx, place-making presents itself in community based organizations, re-imagined vacant lots now serving as community gardens, streetscapes activated with positive messaging murals, plazas filled with guerrilla theater, political discussion, cultural expression and dancing in the streets.


Thursday, June 1

Exhibition opening receptions
Casita Maria Galleries
928 Simpson St, 6 fl
4-6 PM: Las Tres Hermanas: Art & Activism + ARTiculation
Artists: Nancy Mercado + Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez + NDA High School students

Mobile Performance from Casita Maria to BMHC
6-6:30 PM: BombaYo

Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
6:30-9 PM: Las Tres Hermanas: Art & Activism
Poetry by Humberto Cintrón and other special guests


Friday, June 2

Msrg Raul Del Valle Square / Hunts Point 6 Train Plaza
4 PM: It’s Showtime NYC!
5-7 PM: People Power Movement
8 PM: The D.O.M.E Experience

Saturday, June 3  

Graham Triangle
th Street and 3rd Ave
2-8 PM: The South Bronx Youth Leadership Council
2 PM: The Mitchel Residents Group
3-5 PM: Mobile Print Power + People Power Movement
5 PM: Nene Ali
5:30 PM: Legacy Women
7 PM: Lady Moon & The Eclipse

Sunday, June 4
Promenade from Westchester Square Train Station Park / Owen Dolen Park to BAAD!
1:00 PM: BAAD! + Slim Ninja

2474 Westchester Ave
2 PM: Music With A Message

Monday - Wednesday, June 5 – 7**

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
928 Simpson St, 
Tats Cru: Mural painting
Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez: LaBorinqueña comic book signing

**Visit website for daily schedule

Thursday, June 8
Msrg Raul Del Valle Square / Hunts Point 6 Train Plaza
6 PM: BLITZ with collaborating artists Libaña Maraza + Baron Ambrosia + The South Bronx Starlights + Limitless

Friday, June 9

Roberto Clemente Plaza
149th and 3rd Ave
5 PM: Melissa Calderon + It’s Showtime NYC!
6 PM: Mariachi Real De Mexico
7 PM: Music With A Message

Saturday, June 10
Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse
10 AM - 5 PM En Garde Arts Harbored Open Rehearsal

Morning Glory Garden
1219 Hoe Avenue
4:30-6:30 PM: Mobile Print Power + Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP)

Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
7 PM: Bronx Rising: One Island, Two Houses
Birthright Crisis + Q&A by Director Miriam Neptune + music by Yasser Tejeda & Palotré


Sunday, June 11***
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
928 Simpson St, 6 fl.
2 PM: Jadele McPherson workshop

Msgr Raul Del Valle Square / Hunts Point 6 Train Plaza
3 PM: Spirit Ensemble
***Presented by Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc

Ongoing, June 1-30, 2017
Pregones Theater
575 Walton Avenue
El Bolero Was My Downfall


*All events rain or shine. Visit casitamaria.org for rain locations.