Hispanic Culture Arts partners with the Hispanic Society Museum & Library, with workshops and concerts that are centered in the collection of the museum. With its broad holdings of paintings, sculpture, pottery, textiles and maps, Hispanic Society Museum & Library in Upper Manhattan has the most important collection outside of Spain, of art and objects relating to Hispanic culture.
“Museums have the power to create unity on both a social and political level, but also on a local one. Local museums are able to provide a sense of community and place by celebrating a collective heritage, offering a great way to get to know the history of a particular area."
In 2012 We began our journey in museum education with “Music and Dance in the times of the Duchess of Alba (1762-1802)” for the Hispanic Society of America, doing a workshop for Gregorio Luperon High School in Washington Heights, NY.
In 2015, as part of the concert “From Barcelona with Passion: Enrique Granados Centennial,” we performed and talked to High School Students from Washington Heights, about the world of late 19th century Spain, performing music by Spanish Enrique Granados.
In 2018 we created the educational workshop “Trio of Paintings” and brought to life three 18th-century ladies from Spain, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The workshop was performed for elementary-aged children in Brooklyn and Westchester.
“To help the public re-establish this common ground and learn to build bridges rather than breed division, many believe that museums have a role to play in giving us perspective – be it through intellectual exercises or merely holding up mistakes of the past as evidence of where such behavior will lead us once more.”
In 2019, we performed a workshop for middle school students of Washington Heights, inspired by Joaquín Sorolla’s paintings “A vision of Spain."
Using music, dance, and narration, we took students on a trip through Castilla, Aragon, Andalucia, and the region of Valencia.
We are happy to discuss your interest in any of these educational programs, which are based on the collection holdings of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library. They can be performed at the museum in Upper Manhattan or at your school.
As grantees of the Arts Community Fund from the Bronx Council for the Arts, we performed a Hispanic Heritage Month presentation called “Danzas de Ida y Vuelta”. Performed at Poe Park in the Bronx on October 9, 2020, the show can be experienced as a video via the Latin American Cultural Week virtual festival, December 5-12
“Danzas de Ida y Vuelta,” is a dance and music showcase film that invites the audience to embark on a round-trip journey through Latin America, starting in the Old World and making its last stop in The Bronx! Filmed at Poe Park in the vibrant borough of The Bronx in New York City, the performance uses narration, songs, and dance to embark on a “Round-Trip” voyage that originates in Spain, travels throughout the New World, with its ultimate destination in The Bronx.
Using narration and demonstrations, the performers guide the audience into making connections with songs and dances from Spain, to popular music and dance forms alive today in the borough of The Bronx’.