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Giving Needed Assistance and Benefits to our Residents

Giving Needed Assistance and Benefits to our Residents

During the course of our 50 years, IBA- Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, has been at the forefront of the fight towards equality. We believe that every individual is deserving of a high quality of life and it is our mission to advocate for those rights. This is why our Resident Services program is devoted exclusively to ensuring that our community enjoys all the assistance and benefits available ...

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Portraits of a Young Artist’s Journey

Portraits of a Young Artist’s Journey

Capturing the human experience on canvas has always been a driving force in the art world. There is something about depicting human emotion that mesmerizes observers and artists alike. Each of Isabella Mellado’s strokes on the canvas are painted with this sole purpose, capturing emotion. Every face painted portrays an intricate level of detail that tells a story. This is a talent that only the mos...

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Inspiring to Create, A Latino Photographer from Villa Victoria

Inspiring to Create, A Latino Photographer from Villa Victoria

Artist Pedro Cruz let’s the familiar city environment guide his pieces. He creates poems, prose, paintings, and what he is most well known for: photography. Cruz describes himself as a “city kid,” born and raised in our own Villa Victoria. “Spanish is my parents’ first language, I'm a first generation American,” he explained. Cruz describes himself as a Latino artist, and underlines the importanc...

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Warming up the Holidays with IBA’s Tree Lighting

Warming up the Holidays with IBA’s Tree Lighting

Every year our community gathers around Plaza Betances for our Tree Lighting and comes together to enjoy traditional Puerto Rican parrandas, a staple of the holidays, light a beautiful big tree, and of course Santa is always invited and comes with presents for the little ones. This time the celebration took place on Wednesday, December 9th but, before the tree lighting even began, the resident ba...

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CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Interviewed by Banker & Tradesman

CEO, Vanessa Calderón-Rosado, Interviewed by Banker & Tradesman

Our CEO, Vanessa Calderon-Rosado was recently profiled in Banker and Tradesman, “the financial and real estate services weekly for Massachusetts.” She spoke about our affordable housing plans and shared some of the obstacles we are facing as well as the current state of gentrification in Boston’s South End. You can read all of it below. Vanessa Calderon-Rosado...

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Wilfred Labiosa: Painting Abstracts, Landscapes, and the Old San Juan

Wilfred Labiosa: Painting Abstracts, Landscapes, and the Old San Juan

[caption id="attachment_4162" align="alignleft" width="323"] Photo Credit: Galería W. Labiosa[/caption] Wilfred La...

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IBA Hosts a Night of Big Band Cumbia

IBA Hosts a Night of Big Band Cumbia

This past Saturday October 24, we had the pleasure of hosting Gregorio Uribe Big Band, a New York favorite, for their CD release show, to a sold out audience right here at our Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. The band, made up of 16 musicians and led by Gregorio Uribe played classic Cumbia and other typical Colombian music through powerful arrangements using all of their instruments. Uribe’s p...

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Gregorio Uribe Big Band and his Cumbia Universal

Gregorio Uribe Big Band and his Cumbia Universal

Cumbia Universal! Gregorio Uribe Big Band Boston CD release celebration that will make everyone dance at the rhythm of cumbia, jazz and funk music. Colombian Big Band leader, Gregorio Uribe, is one of the most promising artists in New York City’s Latin music scene, and was named one of the “100 Most Successful Colombians Abroad” by the government of Colombia in 2...

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Arts and Music Come Together at Villa Victoria

Arts and Music Come Together at Villa Victoria

This past Friday, October 2nd, we had the honor of hosting two of Puerto Rico’s most promising artists at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts. It was a memorable night, as attendees got to experience arts and culture in two very different forms. First we hosted the art exhibition, “A Happy Ending,” featuring multimedia pieces by Edgardo Larregui, then the highly anticipated indie singer, MIMA, made...

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Edgardo Larregui: Art and Culture with a Purpose

Edgardo Larregui: Art and Culture with a Purpose

Artist, Edgardo Larregui, originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, aims to capture themes from his country’s experiences with his pieces. He studied his craft in the Escuela de Artes Plástica de Puerto Rico, where many other renowned artists have graduated, including Silia Sánchez whose artwork has also been exhibited at our gallery. Currently, Larregui’s exhibition, “A Happy Ending” is on display at...

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MIMA Recital: The Essence of Puerto Rican Music with an Instrumental Twist

MIMA Recital: The Essence of Puerto Rican Music with an Instrumental Twist

Yarimir Cabán, better known as MIMA within the Puerto Rican music scene, is setting the tone where the country’s vanguard music style is concerned. Her pieces, more than songs are poetic expressions with influences from folklore and her typical homemade style. Always exploring new sounds, MIMA is working on her third CD, which will be as different from the second as the second was from the first. ...

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Celebrating a Milestone: Inauguration of Renewed Community Spaces

Celebrating a Milestone: Inauguration of Renewed Community Spaces

At IBA we strive to provide our community with the opportunities they deserve. We believe that a clean and comfortable environment plays a key role in their quality of life, so it was very exciting to announce that after one year of renovations our community spaces were inaugurated on July --. Through these spaces, we will continue providing resident services, youth and workforce programming, acti...

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“Así es Puerto Rico” with Luis Germán Cajiga

“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. ...

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Volunteer in Boston this Summer

Volunteer in Boston this Summer

During the summer months many of us have more free time, but not a lot of things to do. This time of year is a great opportunity to become more active and lend a helping hand to your community. For this reason we decided to come up with a list of places you can volunteer during the summer. We wanted to give you some ideas of all the great contributions you can make by giving a little bit of your ...

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NG2 Talks About the Future of Salsa

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 ...

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