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“We’re Not So Far Apart” Opening Reception

Please join OTHERS ARE US and the IS 190 School Community for the opening celebration of

“We’re Not So Far Apart”

An exhibition of art created and exchanged by the sixth grade students of IS 190 and the children of the Fabretto Center in Esteli, Nicaragua, during their school-year long exploration of each other’s lives and cultures through Project EMBRACE*

A special word to the children by Commissioner Galen Kirkland, New York State Division of Human Rights

Opening Reception Tuesday, June 15th from 10AM to Noon.
Exhibition will be on view from June 15 through June 25
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

RSVP: 212-595-6814 or by June 13, 2010

Project EMBRACE engages young people from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs in an extended exploration of who they are, how they live and the problems they face. Their ideas and thoughts are recorded in drawings and paintings and shared through technology. Our goal is to promote intercultural communication, understanding and cooperation as the norm in our rising generation of global leaders.

Fresh produce brought to our children and families courtesy of the Hunts Point Alliance for Children through a donation by Heather Mills Food Program


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A few musings: superhumanness, white walls and a new show!

Today we are finishing installing the show Painting with Pictures. Only last week, we took down the show for the Scholastic Art Awards. During the day, parents, teachers and students came to pick up artwork. One parent saw Lyla Rose painting parts of the wall and said “you sure wear a lot of hats!” I’m even amazed at how many roles and jobs Lyla takes on. One minute, she’s extending her arm out to Lila Downs, the next she’s inspiring young artists to BE BOLD and now she’s installing an entire show for tomorrow night. What does she eat? Super human food? Probably. Or maybe there’s a cape in her desk drawer that she keeps for the moments she needs to fly. Yep. Shrimp and capes.

Our walls never seem to be empty. If they are empty, it’s usually because there’s work resting on the floor, waiting to be hung.  It was strange to scrub the white walls down today. Without artwork, the walls blurred and almost dizzied me. The work that is going up now – curated by David Gibson, Savannah Spirit and Asya Geisberg – is amazing. I’ve never seen a show devoted to collage work before. The work is so alive it bursts. I love the use of color, text, pop culture and cultural history. The work is also very diverse. In our two large rooms, there are a total of 31 artists!

I’m sorry that I will be missing tomorrow night’s opening reception. Will you let me know it goes?

Painting with Pictures

May 21-July 21, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, May 21, 6-9PM

Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education

Casita Gallery, 6th floor

928 Simpson Street

Bronx, NY 10459

6 train to Hunts Point Av, 2 or 5 to Simpson Street

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Art Show

This Friday, May.21, 2010 from 6-9 pm, Casita Maria will be hosting Painting With Pictures: A Show Curated by David Gibson, Savannah Spirit and Asya Geisberg.  People from all around the world have sent in their artwork to put on display. This week all of the interns and co-workers have been busy with the project. We’ve hung photographs and made sure to be careful with the artwork by keeping everything properly labeled. Hopefully things will be a success this weekend and a lot of people will attend!

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In only a few hours…

Steve Cagan’s photography exhibit is now hanging on the walls of Casita’s gallery. For a month, I’ve watched as the gallery changed color, subjects and themes: from newly painted walls to a new exhibit. Our last exhibit displayed colorful student artwork. Now, the gallery offers Steve Cagan a new home.

This morning, Sarah Calderon (our Executive Director) and Lyla Rose (our Literary, Visual and Performing Arts Manager) brought fresh flowers, fruit, cheese and wine for tonight’s artist reception. I’ve spent the afternoon answering questions about the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and resisting opening the many cheese platters stored in our fridge (would anyone really notice?)

An hour before the reception, the sun will set (at 5:58 tonight!) and we will turn on the gallery lights.

Will you be joining us?

Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education

928 Simpson Street

Bronx, NY 10459

Artist’s Reception: Thursday, March 11th, 7-9 PM

Take the 2 or 5 train to Simpson Street
Walk South on Simpson and cross 163rd St.


Take the 6 train to Hunts Point
Walk Weston 163rd and turn left on Simpson Street.



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Casita Maria Presents: Steve Cagan

El Chocó, Colombia: Struggles For Cultural and Environmental Survival

An Exhibit of Photographs

Steve Cagan is a documentary photographer and activist, living in Cleveland, OH, with over thirty years’ experience photographing and exhibiting there. Steve has exhibited on three continents. He has published reviews and critical writings in a variety of professional journals and books. He has received two Fulbright Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and several Ohio Arts Council Fellowships and New Jersey Arts Council Fellowships.

928 Simpson Street, Bronx, NY 10459
March 8th – 30th, 2010. 9-7, Mon-Fri
Artist’s Reception: Thursday, March 11th, 7-9 PM

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Smile! Casita’s Camera Roll

We Are

Jacqueline Weld Drake

Chairman Emeritus
Norrisa O’Keeffe

Vice Chairman
Benigno Rodriguez-Cubeñas

Mario Buccellati, II

John E. Avery

Nancy Barry
John L. Bernbach
Martha Bograd
Elizabeth A. Caldas
Ambassador Paul L. Cejas
Gaetana Enders
Miguel A. Fuentes, Jr.
Alan G. Levin
Alberto Mariaca
Alberto Mejia
Liliana Melo de Sada
Violy McCausland Seve
Joseph Unanué, Sr.
Saundra Whitney
Michael L. Ziegler, Esq.

Chairman’s Council
Daniel Brodsky
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Anne Eisenhower Flöttl
Wolfgang K. Flöttl
Sergio Millerman
Frank T. Modica
Lewis S. Ranieri
Pilar Crespi Robert

Executive Director
Sarah Calderon