Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education presents
Restrictions, Limitations, Confinements Curated by Felix Morelo ...
Featuring: Chan Wai, Jose Krapp, Patrick-Earl Barnes, Rafael Sanchez, Mayuko Fujino, Jon Sisti, Hiroko Ishikawa, Itzy Ramirez, Dana Jerabek, Raphael Griswold, Virginia Wagner, Teddy O’Connor, Washington Chavez, Karen Cintron, Firelei Baez, Edwin Bolta Francisco Osorio, Alexis Duque,Panoply Lab, and Felix Morelo
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 5th, 6:30pm-8:30 pm
Performances by: Rafael Sanchez 7:00pm Panoply Lab 7:30pm Felix Morelo 8:00pm
Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education is pleased to announce Restrictions, Limitations, Confinements, a group exhibition curated by Felix Morelo.
The opening will take place Thursday, April 5, 2012, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and the show will run through May 25, 2012.
For his curatorial debut, Morelo invites 20 artists to interpret the themes of restrictions, limitations and confinements and how they manifest themselves physically, spiritually and intellectually in their lives. Morelo aims to demonstrate that our restrictions, limitations, and confinements are universal topics that come in countless shapes and forms which we all must deal with throughout our lives. He intends to create a platform for sharing and dialogue that inspires others to remain steadfast in the face of their particular adversities.
Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education was founded in 1934 by two school teachers in East Harlem to offer after-school enrichment and recreational programs for the children of newly arrived Latino families. By developing new programs as new issues arose, and relocating to the South Bronx as its community moved around the city, Casita has been able to effectively serve each new generation. By 1961, Casita was offering programs similar to those created by its founders and thousands of New Yorkers gained skills and were offered essential services through its work. As the Bronx “burned” in the 1970's, Casita was a safe haven and a route out of poverty. Throughout these years, Casita expanded its programs to provide additional social services. In 2009, Casita opened a new building, offering a wide range of facilities, including classrooms, a music room, a dance studio, and a 400 seat performing arts space to better meet the social, cultural and educational needs of its community. Every year, Casita serves at least 800 youth and 8,000 community members, mainly the Latino and African-American communities of the South Bronx and East Harlem. Casita's current programs are focused on arts, education and community. In May 2011, Casita received The Norman Buchbinder Placemaking Award from Mayor Michael Bloomberg for its contribution to increasing the stature, identity and economic activity of the South Bronx. The organization’s next major project is the creation of the South Bronx Living Heritage Trail, in collaboration with Dancing in the Streets, Casita’s Company-in-Residence, the Bronx community and Casita’s alumni. Scheduled to launch in March 2012, the South Bronx Living Heritage Trail will be comprised of a performance and events series aimed to illuminate the South Bronx’s cultural legacy