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Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education ("Casita Maria"), headquartered in the South Bronx, was established in 1934 by Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan as the first charitable organization to serve Latinos in New York City. Operating from a five-room tenement apartment in East Harlem, the Sullivan sisters, public school teachers who were also relatives of TV personality Ed Sullivan, had a primary mission to offer after school enrichment and recreational activities for the children of newly arrived families from Puerto Rico.

At Casita Maria, young people from grades K-12 are encouraged to become leaders and find their voices through art. No matter what form the art takes, we encourage program participants to explore their interests, and challenge them to express themselves. More than 1,000 students come through our doors each day to learn, explore and develop their talents, and establish a lifelong love of the arts.

Program participants attend Casita Maria programming for three hours each day, five days per week and on thirteen school holidays during the school year. For seven weeks during the summer break, the smART Kids Summer Camp introduces K-8th grade campers to cultural, educational and recreational activities that are designed to stimulate, engage, entertain and reinforce learning. For information about education programs, contact the Education Office (718) 589-2230 ext. 6054

928 Simpson St.
Bronx, NY 10459
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Casita Maria Celebrates Garifuna Culture with Gallery Exhibition and Public Programming

Garifuna Village by Isidra Sabio

BRONX, N.Y., Nov. 18, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. are delighted to announce Garifuna Intangible Heritage, an exhibition celebrating the cultural expression of the Garifuna people of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, St Vincent and the Grenadines and the United States. The art gallery exhibition and related public programs comprise the Winter season of ¡CelebrARTE!, Casita Maria’s South Bronx arts and culture series.

Exploring Black and Afro-Latinx female identity with RESPECT: gallery exhibition, workshops, and discussions

SORE ARMS - by Jessica Spence

BRONX, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is delighted to announce the opening of “RESPECT,” an exhibition celebrating Black and Afro-Latinx womanhood. The art gallery exhibition and related public programs comprise the Fall season of “CelebrARTE,” Casita Maria’s arts and culture event series celebrating the South Bronx community and the art it has inspired.

Celebrating Culture in Annual South Bronx Festival

Casita Maria 2019 retroACTIVO

BRONX, N.Y., May 13, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education, and Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Jr., are proud to present the South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2019: retroACTIVO. The festival will last from May 24 to June 29, and will include multiple family-friendly events throughout the South Bronx, presented in partnership with community-based organizations, art institutions, health providers, and city agencies.

Lady Pink and Casita Maria Create Mural Celebrating Hunts Point Pride

Lady Pink Mural - Cropped

BRONX, N.Y., April 23, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education and Council Member Rafael Salamanca, Jr. are proud to present a new mural by The First Lady of Graffiti, Lady Pink. We are excited to announce that she will paint the next mural on the facade of Casita Maria, located at 928 Simpson Street, Bronx, NY! She’ll be painting May 11, 12, and 19, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (contact Luis Pagan directly for rain dates).

Second Annual Young Artist Showcase at Casita Maria in NYC: Bambula Re-remember

Casita Maria - Bambula Re-Remember

BRONX, N.Y., March 20, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is proud to present Bambula / Re-remember, our 2nd Annual Young Artist Showcase! This multidisciplinary exhibition will include art created by participants in Casita Maria’s after-school arts education program during the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

College and Career Expo: Dream It and Be It!

Casita Maria College and Career Expo

BRONX, N.Y., Feb. 14, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is proud to present College & Career Expo: Dream It & Be It! The College & Career Expo offers students a chance to learn about higher education and careers they might be interested in.

A Great Casita Maria Experience = 1 Workshop + 1 Performance in 1 Day!

Casita Maria EVENT: IRE

BRONX, N.Y., Feb. 11, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, in partnership with Pregones Theater, is proud to present “We Have Ire,” a free excerpt performance of the multi-disciplinary theater project, on March 9, 2019, 2 – 2:45 p.m. The performance combines spoken word and theater produced by Cuban-American writer, performer, Doris Duke; Artist and San Francisco resident Paul S. Flores.

Cuban Art Show in South Bronx Gallery – We Have Ire: Afro-Cuban in the United States

Casita Maria Arts - credit: Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

BRONX, N.Y., Nov. 16, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education in partnership with Pregones Theater are proud to present “We Have Ire: Afro-Cuban in the United States.” This exhibition and multi-disciplinary theater project will be produced by Cuban-American writer, performer, Doris Duke Artist and San Francisco resident Paul S. Flores, with collaborating Puerto Rican filmmaker and photographer Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.

It’s a Femme-inist Future for the South Bronx!

Future is Femme-Inist

BRONX, N.Y., Nov. 2, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is proud to present Teen Leadership Summit: The Future is Femme-inist! The Future is NOW! Young women and femmes of color are leading the way as community culture workers. They are artists, activists, healers, and leaders.

South Bronx Gallery Exhibits Solo Show of Mexico City Artist Jorge Tellaeche

Artwork by (c) Jorge Tellaeche

BRONX, N.Y., Aug. 21, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education, in partnership with The Consulate General of Mexico in New York, are proud to present “Forgotten” by Mexico City-based artist Jorge Tellaeche, on view September 13 – November 21, 2018.

South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2018: Somos Unidos, Experience the rich culture of the South Bronx

South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2017

BRONX, N.Y., May 17, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education and Bronx Music Heritage Center are proud to present the South Bronx Culture Trail Festival 2018: Somos Unidos. This fun, family-friendly festival celebrates the rich cultural contributions of the communities that make the South Bronx their home. In partnership with community based organizations, city agencies and charities, multiple events will be held May 31 through June 23, 2018 uniting communities, arts, culture, and wellness.

Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education produces the 1st Annual Young Artist Showcase ‘There’s No Place Like Home’

Samantha, 9th grade, Image credit: Argenis Apolinario

BRONX, N.Y., March 22, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is proud to present ‘There’s No Place Like Home,’ the 1st annual Young Artist Showcase celebrating the greatness and self-expression found within all Casita Maria program participants. This multi-disciplinary exhibition will include over 200 artworks created during the 2017-2018 after school-year.