Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Latino museum event planned for East Harlem

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts & Raíces Latin Music Museum
The Latino Journal E-News, Vol. 3, Issue 6

El Barrio/East Harlem – Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and the Raíces Latin Music Museum, at Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc. are pleased to join El Museo del Barrio for Super Sabado Target Free Saturdays on the third Saturday of every month. The next Super Sabado at El Museo is scheduled for Saturday, March, 20th from 11:00 am until 8:30 pm. Highlighting the vitality of the Heckscher Building as a resource for Latino Culture and a destination for visitors, Harbor Conservatory and Raíces will be offering the following free programs on Saturday, March 20:

10:00 am – 11:00 am, Latin Dance Class for children 8-10 years of age in our 5th Floor Gym, taught by Jocelyn Duran. Mambo, Cha Cha, Salsa and Merengue are just some of the dances that will be taught in this class.

11:00 am – 12:00 noon, Afro-Caribbean Dance for children 6-8 years old in studio 623 taught by Alma Cruz. Accompanied by live drummers youngsters learn the dances of the African Diaspora in the Caribbean exploring the dynamics of movement and style.

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, ¡Retumba! is a multi-ethnic all-female music and dance ensemble founded in March 1981 in celebration of Women's History month. Interweaving traditional rhythms, beautiful ancient melodies, with its very own unique interpretation, ¡Retumba! bases its work on the music and dance of Africa, Europe, and its expressions in the Americas and the Caribbean -Puerto Rico, Cuba, and The Dominican Republic. ¡Retumba! brings forth the drama and excitement of world culture and traditions into a feast of folkloric music that can be enjoyed by everyone.

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Exhibition: Raices: The Roots of Latin Music in New York City, Raices Latin Music Museum Gallery on the 5th Floor. Explore the history and evolution of Salsa dating back centuries to its contemporary ties to New York.

The stately Heckscher Building was constructed in the early 1920s by the Heckscher Foundation for Children and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Boys & Girls Harbor (formerly known as Boys Harbor) the 72 year old multi-service youth agency “homesteaded” the Heckscher Building in the l970s and helped bring in other tenants including El Museo del Barrio, Central Park Conservancy and La Casa de Herencia Puertoriquena.

The Mission of El Museo del Barrio is to present and preserve the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Caribbean, Latin American and Latino people in the United States. Through its extensive collections, varied exhibitions and publications, bilingual public programs, educational activities, festivals and special events, El Museo educates its diverse public in the richness of Caribbean and Latin American arts and cultural history. Now celebrating 40 years of Latino arts and culture and re opening you many learn more about El Museo and the full schedule of activities planned for “Super Sabado” at

Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts, now celebrating its 40th anniversary of enriching lives through the arts was established by Boys & Girls Harbor by a young Juilliard graduate named Sandy Owen in 1970. Boys & Girls Harbor, founded in l937 by Anthony Duke, is a community-based non-profit organization that positively affects the lives of over 3,500 children and young people from East and Central Harlem and the Bronx each year through education, cultural enrichment and character development. The Harbor has always maintained its view of the primacy of performing arts in the quest for a holistic and satisfying life for children and teens.

For more information regarding Harbor Conservatory and its music, dance and theater programs, please call (212) 427-2244 ext. 573 or visit us on line at

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