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Karla Rivera: Interview

Karla Rivera: Interview

One of the talented women performing at Festival Betances this year Karla P. Rivera Lozada. Born in San Germán, Puerto Rico, Karla’s attraction to music has been lifelong, studying at the School of Fine Arts of Bayamón, then the Conservatory of Arts of the Caribbean (CAC) in Old San Juan, and currently the prestigious Berklee College of Music. We sat down to chat with Karla about her ambitions,...

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Supporting & Celebrating Community Through Arts Programming and Artistic Spaces

Supporting & Celebrating Community Through Arts Programming and Artistic Spaces

On July 20th and 21st, Plaza Betances will burst with life and activity, as Festival Betances kicks off another year of cultural celebration. As the Plaza fills with families, renowned musical performances, Latin food and drink, and traditional games, we’re reminded of how the arts and spaces dedicated to housing them play a critical role in the development of healthy, pro...

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Latinas En Foco: An Interview with Arts Program Director Elsa Mosquera-Sterenberg

Latinas En Foco: An Interview with Arts Program Director Elsa Mosquera-Sterenberg

What was your journey to your position as the Arts Director at a non-profit? How did you decide you wanted to get involved with IBA? I started my professional career in a publishing house and from there I immersed myself in the cultural world. I’ve been involved with publishing for the past 20 years in different ways— I’ve published government books and magazines, then ran...

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Poetry Is Busy: An Interview with Yara Liceaga

Poetry Is Busy: An Interview with Yara Liceaga

Puerto Rican Yara Liceaga has been writing poetry since the late 1990’s, and for many years lived fully immersed both in the island’s cultural scene and academia through the Universidad de Puerto Rico. After leaving Puerto Rico in the midst of the country’s economic crisis, she used her experience to begin building a series of projects that would promote artistic collaboration and inter...

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Behind the Voice of Josy Latorre

Behind the Voice of Josy Latorre

Puerto Rican native Josy Latorre has been singing professionally for over 40 years and is the only female founding member of the widely successful group, Haciendo Punto En Otro Son. Formed in 1975, the group became part of Puerto Rican folklore for their vast repertoire that melded traditional Puerto Rican folk music with modern sounds, musicalizations of national poets, and lyrics with social ...

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"Salsa is in my DNA": A Conversation With Kianí Medina

"Salsa is in my DNA": A Conversation With Kianí Medina

Father-daughter duo Kianí and Jerry Medina are some of the most talented and requested voices of Puerto Rico. Jerry, also a trumpeter, has spent over 40 years making music, collaborating with the likes of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Calle 13, and more. Singing professionally since the age of 16, Kianí is part of the group Viento de Agua and is currently performing on the Residente Tour. ...

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Looking Forward to IBA's Future

Looking Forward to IBA's Future

As IBA celebrates the end of its 50th year, we are already looking to the future. We have already begun building our next half century, and we are excited to see how our community grows. From affordable housing and arts programs to support for our residents, our future is bright! By the end of this year, we will acquire, rehab, and renovate 146 units of affordable housing to add to IBA’...

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"No Nos Mudaremos de la Parcela 19!": Celebrating 50 Years of IBA

"No Nos Mudaremos de la Parcela 19!": Celebrating 50 Years of IBA

We’ve been celebrating 50 years of IBA, from our anniversary kickoff almost one year ago, through our gala earlier this month. The gala was an incredible event, the culmination of 50 years of supporting our community through housing, the arts, and more. We were honored to welcome our 50 honorees, esteemed guests, and fantastic chefs to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on the evening of November ...

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Gala Snapshot: 50 Honorees in Our Community

Gala Snapshot: 50 Honorees in Our Community

As our year of celebration comes to a close, we’re proud to honor 50 of our community members for the work they’ve done. From aiding survivors of Hurricane María to supporting the Latinx community here in Boston, our honorees make a difference every day. We look forward to honoring each of them at our gala on November 3rd! For more than 25 years, Aixa Beauchamp has worked in th...

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Transforming Music through Cultural Fusion: An Interview with Miguel Zenón Revisited

Transforming Music through Cultural Fusion: An Interview with Miguel Zenón Revisited

We’re excited to host the world renowned saxophonist who is transforming the jazz tradition by infusing it with Puerto Rican folkloric music: Miguel Zenón, a Puerto Rican native, along with Spektral Quartet, a string quartet based in Chicago. This multiple Grammy nominee, Guggenheim Fellow, and MacArthur (Genius) Fellow, is not only a master of balancing and blending musical traditions into a n...

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International Flavors from Boston Chefs

International Flavors from Boston Chefs

An all-star lineup of Boston-area chefs awaits attendees of our 50th anniversary gala! Chef Rodney Murillo of Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse and Chef Jose Duarte of Taranta will be co-chairs, bringing their signature blend of Caribbean and Italian cuisines. Although our chefs are all Boston-based, their food is inspired by cultures from around the world. With a focus on Latinx food, our ch...

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Hurricane Maria – One Year Later: Where Are We Now?

Hurricane Maria – One Year Later: Where Are We Now?

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, leaving extensive devastation in its wake. As we near the one-year anniversary of the storm, it’s important that we reflect upon the impact of the Hurricane and understand efforts underway to protect and aid the recovery of Puerto Rico. How did Hurricane Maria impact Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico suffered ex...

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Power to the People: Video Recap

Power to the People: Video Recap

In April 2018, we invited Bostonians to learn more about how an unlikely group of activists who rallied against local government to avoid being pushed out of their homes. We were humbled by the sheer number of people who came out to this event to share their connection to IBA and our community. As th...

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History All Around Us: Festival Betances 2018

History All Around Us: Festival Betances 2018

Nearly half a century ago, Latino members of the South End community organized to dedicate one July weekend to the celebration of their heritage with music, dancing, food, and activities for all ages. Over the years, what started as a neighborhood block party has grown into our annual Festival Betances! Each year we’re proud to welcome more than 3,000 attendees—and this year was no different!...

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OneHood Spotlight: Hoops and Hope

OneHood Spotlight: Hoops and Hope

As we finish up our month-long endeavour to feature our outstanding Youth Development Program, we decided to sit down with Youth Coordinator Angel Lopez and star player Erik Ramirez to talk about their involvement with the OneHood Peace Basketball League. Angel coached for nine years before taking on responsibility of coordinating the entire league. Now in its ...

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