Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is proud to present Bambula/Re-remember, the 2nd Annual Young Artist Showcase celebrating the greatness and artistic talent found within all Casita Maria program participants. This multidisciplinary exhibition will include artworks created during the 2018-2019 after school-year.
In this exhibition, the Young Artists of Casita Maria are tapping into their ancestral legacies of The Americas and Caribbean. During the program year, they focused on the process of remembering these cultures and people through the practice of artmaking. This process is captured traditionally and culturally by a word that originated in Kongo, a former African kingdom located in west central Africa, but heard among many of these cultures: Bambula… re-remembering. The Young Artists have been remembering the forgotten cultures by studying myths and legends as well as tapping into the rich art history.
“Bambula is a rhythm and dance in Bomba, [a traditional Puerto Rican dance form]. It’s also a word found throughout the Caribbean and Latin America as well as parts of the US. The word is Kongo and it means “to re-remember.” It’s the process of reconnecting with ones collective ancestral unconscious in order to re remember who one is in order to find peace and balance.”
Alex Lasalle, Community Educator & Musician
Casita Maria Parent Quotes
“Casita Maria… teaches our kids values, about art, about music, about drawing… these activities keep kids away from trouble and teach them to know how much more they can do through art and music – they can speak out through painting, they can find a voice through writing poems, they can express themselves through art… I feel safe when [my child is] here. [When] I am at work I know she’s in good hands.”
“For my daughter to be able to express her whole self through drawing, through writing, through poems and now with the piano it’s priceless and beautiful! She is learning and enjoying everything she does here… In here, she finds herself!”
The exhibit will be on view between the dates of March 28 to May 10, 2019.
About Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education
Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) 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.
Casita Maria creates a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success, through shared cultural, art and educational experiences and programs.
Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education
928 Simpson Street
Bronx, NY 10459