“Así es Puerto Rico” with Luis Germán Cajiga
The great Puerto Rican artist, Luis Germán Cajiga, honored us by exhibiting his paintings in our gallery and shared with our community part of his history, the beginnings of his art, and some of the wisdom he has gained during the past 80 years.
NG2 Talks About the Future of Salsa
The popular salsa duo, Norberto Vélez and Gerardo Rivas, who form NG2 will have the stage at Festival Betances. Their music will light up our festival and the streets of Villa Victoria. For the last ten years, NG2 has shaped and redefined the salsa genre as we knew it.
We had a chance to talk to Gerardo, son of Jerry Rivas, famous singer from 40-year-old Puerto ...
Now is the Best Time to be a Dad
In our culture being a father represents guarding and maintaining the values that keep our families together. A father figure is an example of nobility, respect, strength, kindness, and honor. Fathers teach our children the importance of taking care of one another and providing for their families.
During Father’s Day we wanted to highlight the role that fathers play in our communi...
Exclusive Interview with Betances Headliner, Mambo and Swing
Festival Betances is only a few weeks away and we couldn’t be more excited! Every year we bring local and national bands to play our community’s music, and this time it is no different. Mambo and Swing, one of our Betances headliners, is a Merengue, Salsa and Bachata band based Boston.
“Betances actually focuses on the community. It’s about the history, and bringing people together.”...
Mother's Day: Our Moms, the Strongest Connection to our Roots
As Latinos, we love to gather around a good meal, and share much more than food. No matter what part of Latin America your family is from, food is a staple that brings us together. And nobody makes it better than our moms.
This is why this Mother’s Day we want to honor the role Latina mothers have taken on. We come from so many different places, many moved in search of a better life for th...
IBA’s Preschool Reflecting their Community
Our bilingual preschool is characterized by its diversity. Children from all different backgrounds come together and learn about each other in an inclusive environment. We strive to make it a place where they can bring their unique experiences, speak their minds, and find common ground while celebrating their individuality.
For this reason, we decided it was time to update our mural to reflect ou...
The Greased Pole Around the World
Every year IBA holds a weekend long cultural festival, Festival Betances, in which people from all over New England come to the South End to enjoy live music, food, arts and crafts, sports tournaments, a parade, among other activities. This year it will be held on the weekend of July 17th through the 19th. One of our biggest attractions is our own version of the Gr...
Two Women Artists with Unique Perspectives about Life
Two artists are currently showcasing some of their artwork in the “MUJERES: Poetic Revelations of our Lives” exhibit in place until April 22. Both Nora Valdez, from Argentina and Silvia Lopez Chavez, from the Dominican Republic discovered art at a very young age. Valdez studied in an academy of the arts since she was 12 and Lopez Chav...
Honoring Women's Day, through the History to the Present
IBA is an institution that honors women. We strive every day to put women back into the workplace by giving them support and education, providing programs for single mothers who are looking for a job and offering day care for their children as part of our College and Workforce Development options.
The truth is, women have always been a part of histor...
A Few Minutes with Domingo Barreres
IBA’s La Galería in Villa Victoria Center for the Arts is currently showcasing a group of paintings by Spanish-born, Boston artist Domingo Barreres. The paintings are all part of the exhibit, “Two Spaces in One - Bridging the Distance,” which will be on until February 21.
The Arts and its impact on the development of children
At IBA we recognize the important role and the benefits of the arts in the development of people, whether adults or youth, It's never too early to start or too late to take advantage of them. Art is a language that allows us to express and develop our ideas and emotions; artistic activities are full of processes that help us to grow and stimulate our creativity while nurtu...
The work of Leonardo March through "Bullicios" in Boston.
Inspired by cultural elements and people who give life to Boston, Puerto Rican artist, Leonardo March, presented at IBA's La Galeria, "Bullicios", a photographic exhibition that show us his perspective on gatherings, festivals, protests and collective community actions that shape our city.
What can we find at Bullicios?
Celebrating the Day of the Kings
In some countries, as in Puerto Rico, the most anticipated day by children at Christmas time comes with the celebration of Three Kings' Day, also known as "Feast of the Epiphany". Children don’t typically receive presents from Baby Jesus or Santa during Christmas in these countries, but from the three Kings on the 6th of January, who tr...
Communicating through art. Interview with Silvina Mizrahi
The Arts are an important vehicle to built community and to communicate emotions, experiences and our interpretation for society. For 40 years, IBA has used the arts to do this, among other things. In the fall of 2014, Boston-based Argentinian artist Silvina Mizrahi, showed her work at IBA's La Galeria.
Silvina was born in Tucumán, a small town in northern Argentina. Her childhoo...