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¡Si Se Puede! / Yes You Can! - Gallery Exhibition Opening

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¡Si Se Puede! / Yes You Can!
An Exhibition Honoring Women of Color Leaders, Mentors and Agents of Change & Warrior Women: Mujeres Guerreras, Casita Maria Youth Exhibition

Opening in the Casita Maria Galleries on January 24, 2018

Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is proud to present ¡Si Se Puede! / Yes You Can!, an exhibition honoring and celebrating women of color from yesterday and today who are leaders, mentors, and sheroes who chose to be in service of the community. This exhibition, titled after a call to action coined by labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, is curated by Casita Maria in collaboration with the Bronx’s very own shero Elba Cabrera. ¡Si Se Puede! and Casita Maria youth exhibition, Warrior Women: Mujeres Guerreras are on view January 24 to March 29, 2018.

Join us for an opening reception on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6-8PM in the Casita Maria Galleries to view artwork by the young leaders of Casita and to learn more about the honorees through photography, film, writing, and ephemera.

According to Associate Director of Creative Arts Programs Gail Heidel, “¡Si Se Puede! brings the stories of powerhouse women, who are agents of change, into the light as a teaching tool for Casita Maria youth and beyond.”

¡Si Se Puede! honorees were invited to self-select two images and write a short bio for a young audience. For the first selection, women shared a coming of age image that captured the moment in time when the seed sprouted for the work they do. For the second image, they provided a photograph or ephemera that represented their female mentor to highlight the importance of role models. In the bios, they describe their coming of age story and who inspired them to be in service to the community. Lillian Jiménez and Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College, CUNY provided additional research and archival photographs. Gallery attendees will be invited to share who their mentors are and why on an interactive post-it wall.

Five films will be included in the exhibition produced and directed by Lillian Jiménez, a media arts center manager, media activist, exhibitor, funder, and educator. Four of the films were produced to celebrate International Working Women’s Day in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and include interviews with and about unsung Puerto Rican women such as Thay-Ling Moya, Doña Rosa Escobar, Sandra Maria Esteves, Sandra Hernandez, and Carmen Villegas among others. The fifth film titled, Antonia Pantoja ¡Presente!, is a documentary about Dr. Antonia Pantoja who was an educator, activist, and founder of ASPIRA, a non-profit organization focused on empowering Puerto Rican and Latino youth.

Casita Maria youth participants will be given a private gallery tour on January 25, 2018, where they will learn about the important contributions of the honorees and the value of elders as role models. Casita’s young leaders will leave with the newfound knowledge to teach the lessons learned to their families and friends to ensure the continuation of a collective memory.

The public is invited to Casita Maria on March 24, 2018, 1-4PM for an International Working Women’s Day event where documentary ¡Palante,Siempre Palante!: The Young Lords directed by Iris Morales will be screened. A panel discussion will follow focused on unpacking the contributions of women and the power of youth voices in the Young Lords movement and how the legacy of their contributions continue into the present day.

Quote- Haydee Morales, Executive Director, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
“This exhibition celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of local women, who would otherwise not get recognized, for their community contributions to advance justice and equity for all. We learn how they were moved, touched or inspired to commit their work and lives to social justice. Young people will benefit from understanding that there is a value in mentorship and in respecting what has come before and we are using art to connect the message to benefit the young people.”

Quote- Elba Cabrera, ambassador, and advocate for the arts and former Assistant Director for the Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA)

"This exhibition, ¡Si Se Puede!, is a reminder of some of the Latina women that came before many of us; and the women who are carrying on their legacy with the work they have committed to do. I consider that this is a gift to our future generations."

Honorees:
Anita Antonetty, Maria Aponte, Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, Alice Cardona, Tanya Fields, Melinda Gonzalez, Lillian Jiménez, Octavia Y. Lewis MPA, Maria Lizardo, Esperanza Martell, Amanda R. Matos, Dr. Antonia Pantoja, Gloria M. Rodriguez, Rose E. Rodriguez, Dr. Helen Rodriguez-Trias, Rosalba Rolón, Yolanda Sánchez, and Sofia Quintero.

For more information:

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Luis Pagan
Marketing & Media Manager

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
www.casitamaria.org

Social Media: @CasitaMariaBX

#SíSePuede, #WomenOfColor, #Shero


Casita Maria Gallery
928 Simpson St, 6th fl.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10AM-6PM
718-589-2230

About
CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS & EDUCATION is the first and 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.

ELBA CABRERA is an ambassador and advocate for the arts and the former Assistant Director for the Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA) where she promoted activities for over one hundred arts organizations throughout New York City. Cabrera created the Directory of Hispanic Arts Organizations and was the editor for AHA’s bi-monthly newsletter, Hispanic Arts. She also hosted a weekly television program called Hispanic Arts on WNYC-TV. Elba received her BA from SUNY at Old Westbury in Politics, Economics and Societies.

Supported by:
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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