The South Bronx Culture Trail Tribute to Arsenio Rodriguez Concert, featuring Conjunto Imagen.

Casita Maria Center for Arts &Education, Dancing in the Streets and 52 People for Progress present The South Bronx Culture Trail Tribute to Arsenio Rodriguez Concert, featuring Conjunto Imagen. The salsa concert tribute will take place on Wednesday, August 29th at 7:30 pm at El Teatro Miranda, located at 52 Park on Kelly Street, between St. John and Legget Avenue in the South Bronx. They are asking for a $1 donation for this event and it is made possible thanks to the support of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund.

The South Bronx Culture Trail eventsengage the community in celebrating the South Bronx’s cultural legacy by honoring legendary artists such as Arsenio Rodriguez and promoting iconic sites such as 52 Park, which have played a significant role in spawning the rich cultural history of the South Bronx”, explained Sarah Calderon, Executive Director at Casita Maria.

Arsenio Rodriguez (Aug. 30, 1911 – Dec. 30, 1970) was a Cuban musician who developed the son montuno, and other Afro-Cuban rhythms and is said to be the true creator of the “Mambo.”He is known for being the first to add reed and brass instruments to Latin bands and orchestras, as well as the conga. He is considered the father of the conjunto, an instrumental format that was revolutionary for its time because it introduced the conga drum.

On August 29, the day before Arsenio Rodriguez’s birthday, Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo will present a proclamation to honor Arsenio Rodriguez to the members of his family. The public will be able to honor him by dancing all night under the stars with New York’s premiere salsa band, Conjunto Imagen. For more information about The South Bronx Culture Trail Tribute to Arsenio Rodriguez Concertplease contact Aisha Jordan at (718) 589-2230 x 6055 or send an email toajordan@casitamaria.org.

THE SOUTH BRONX CULTURE TRAIL is a two-year (2012 & 2013) initiativelaunched by Casita Maria and Dancing in the Streets that engages artists, scholars, and community members in developing a physical and virtual trail connecting sites that played a significant role in spawning the rich cultural history of the South Bronx. The initiative also includes intergenerational performances, exhibitions, dance parties, the gathering and dissemination of oral histories, a website, and guided tours of the Culture Trail. The South Bronx Culture Trail aims to celebrate the South Bronx’s cultural legacy and ignite a cultural renaissance by honoring, showcasing, and promoting its legendary artists while nurturing the next generation of artists. The first leg of the Culture Trail will concentrate on Hunts Point and Longwood between E. 152nd St. to the south, Southern Boulevard to the east, E. 167th St. to the north, and Prospect Avenue to the west.

CASITA MARIA: Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education continues its 78-year legacy of serving youth of the South Bronx community and other New Yorkers at its new, state of the art facility with comprehensive kindergarten through college arts and education programs supported by a family center, a gallery and a theater to bolster learning. Casita offers safe, rigorous and creative programs both during the school day and during out-of-school time that help transform the lives of the youth we serve. Over the past three years we have seen the number of students we serve increase from 300 to almost 1,000.  Our goal is to create programs that provide knowledge and resources to change how underserved youth see their potential and approach their future. In May 2011, Casita received The Norman Buchbinder Placemaking Award from Mayor Michael Bloomberg for its contribution to increasing the stature, identity and economic activity of the South Bronx. For more information, please visitwww.casitamaria.org.

DANCING IN THE STREETS is a New York City arts organization that strives to transform the experience of art and the urban environment through free public performances of dance, interdisciplinary, and site-specific works that build bridges across generations, communities, and cultures; and through community and educational programs that deepen communal bonds and give voice to the strength, vitality, and aspirations of diverse communities.Founded in 1984, Dancing in the Streets (Dancing) has produced and presented over 500 free public performances by over 300 artists. From 1993 to 2010—in collaboration with over 50 Red Hook organizations—Dancing produced The Red Hook Initiative, which included dance instruction in Red Hook public schools, free public dance performances, festivals, workshops, and community-based site-specific works. In 2007, Dancing launchedHip Hop Generation Next, a multi-year series that celebrates the positive and community-building aspects of hip hop culture, its Bronx roots, and its global evolution. In 2011, Dancing moved to the South Bronx as a Company in Residence at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education.  For more information, please visit www.dancinginthestreets.org.

 

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