Post Tagged with: "Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education"

Art / Culture

South Bronx Culture Trail begins second year

Partyers danced to Grand Wizzard Theodore's electric slide at Casita Maria on May 10 to help ring in the second year of the South Bronx Culture Trail.

Housing advocate Sister Thomas, jazz flautist Dave Valentin, honored at event.

Art / Culture

Salsa’s golden age reborn in Longwood, for a day

Dancers at Bill Rainey Park.

The streets of Hunts Point and Longwood were alive with performers showcasing their Latin heritage through dance and song on Oct. 6. Eighty-eight performers came together as part of PASEO, a long-anticipated street festival, featuring prominent names like Arthur Aviles, who danced on a window ledge, and Ramon Ramos Alayo […]


Street festival sweeps Hunts Point

Performers from the South Asian Culture Trail danced to traditional music under cloudy skies at Bill Raney Park in Longwood on Oct. 6.

PASEO, A cultural extravaganza swept the streets of Hunts Point and Longwood on a cloud-covered Oct. 6 afternoon. A cast of nearly 100 performers danced and sang Puerto Rican mambo, plena and bomba traditional songs while community members played street games common to the neighborhood in the mid-twentieth century, such as […]

Art / Education

Culture trail pays homage to area history

Long before Dr. Jay’s, RadioShack and a 99-cent discount store took over a swath of Southern Boulevard near East 163rd Street, there stood one of the city’s most iconic music venues, the Hunts Point Palace. A 2,500-seat grand ballroom that rivaled Manhattan’s legendary Palladium in the 1950’s and 60’s, the […]

Education / Politics

Children’s programs face the mayor’s axe

As the mayor prepares to slash funding for after-school programs across the city, Hunts Point children and their parents are bracing for a difficult future without such free safe havens as the Smart Kidz program at Casita Maria on Simpson Street. “When people talk about cuts, they’re not cuts, they’re […]

Art / Education

Bronx Trail traverses area’s musical roots

By Daniel Bejarano In the 1950s and ’60s the streets of the South Bronx were brimming with music. The sound of conga drums reverberated between rooftops. Afro-Cuban and jazz rhythms merged with son, mambo and chachacha beats on stoops in Hunts Point, Longwood and Mott Haven to create a new […]


Casita’s new library gets a special visit

By Daniel Bejarano With the inauguration of Casita Maria’s new library at 928 Simpson Street, kids in kindergarten through 12th grade will have access to over 3,000 books. They were collected in a book donation drive that started last November and ended in January. The library’s primary goal is to […]


Heroes celebrated through art at Casita Maria

Heroes celebrated through art at Casita Maria

A multimedia gallery show opened at the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education at 928 Simpson St., focusing on heroes ranging from Wonder Woman to the anonymous civilian who stopped a tank at Tianamen Square in 1989. The works of eleven artists from New York and around the world […]