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School’s Out for Summer Block Party with Judy Torres

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Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

928 Simpson Street

Bronx, NY 10459

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Presented By: Casita Maria

Hosted by Rhina Valentin, Mistress of Ceremonies

  • 2:30-6pm

    • DJ Delaceiba

    • Ivory Nunez-Medrano Graphic Storytelling

    • Agostino Arts face painting

    • Plus gardening, children’s activities, health services & more!

  • 4p Casita Boom Drummers

  • 4:15p Lady Pink mural unveiling

  • 4:30p Snack Time!

  • 5p Judy Torres Latin freestyle

Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, raised in NYC and currently resides in the countryside north of the city. In 1979, she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female artist capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from 1979-1985. In 1982, she had a starring role in the motion picture "Wild Style". That role and her other significant contributions to graffiti have made her a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture.

While still in high school she was already exhibiting paintings in art galleries, and at the age of 21 had her first solo show at the Moore College of Art. As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Lady Pink's canvases have entered important art collections such as those of the Whitney Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of Holland. She has established herself in the fine arts world, and her paintings are highly prized by collectors.

Today, Lady Pink continues to create new paintings on canvas that express her unique personal vision. She also shares her 30 years of experience with teens by holding mural workshops and actively lecturing to college students throughout the world.

Ivory Nunez-Medrano is a graphic artist who uses pictures and words to tell stories. Relying on his own written stories, along with interpretations of interviews, news, and slash or street dialogues, he creates handmade and digital illustrations to support text, and expands narrative capabilities with images.

Judy Torres A motivated and dedicated artist and professional, Judy Torres has had a singing career spanning over three decades. Dubbed the Queen of Freestyle by her fans, she has released two studio albums: Love Story and My Soul on Profile Records, resulting in numerous hit singles including, No Reason To Cry, Come Into My Arms, Love You Will You Love Me, Love Story, Please Stay Tonight, Every Little Lie, I Love You For All Seasons. And since 2006, she’s had more hit singles to add including, Faithfully, Stay, Hell No, and Beautiful Life. Judy has also performed in world famous arenas such as at Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden. Torres has shared stages with musical icons, including Gladys Knight and Tito Puente, and for almost two decades she has been a popular iHeart Media radio personality on NY’s WKTU.

Kelly Street Garden will share information about the Youth Farm Stand program which launches in July and will lead a planting activity. Learn to make small pots out of newspaper and plant seeds.

Health Dept staff will provide educational information about program and resources.

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