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One Hood: Police & Youth Play For a Stronger Future

One Hood: Police & Youth Play For a Stronger Future

Music filled the South End neighborhood surrounding the Blackstone Community Center last Friday night. Community members mingled with one another - children and adults alike had their faces painted, everyone enjoyed hot dogs and sweet swirls of cotton candy, people danced, teenagers joked with their coaches, but what was most noticeable were t...

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Keeping the Community Alive: Boston's First Latinx LGBTQ Film Festival

Keeping the Community Alive: Boston's First Latinx LGBTQ Film Festival

With constant efforts to expand the arts and infuse diversity into the various neighborhoods of Boston, we have partnered with The Theater Offensive to highlight the Latino LGBT community and present Boston’s first Latinx LGBTQ Film Festival. “I’m very excited about this collaboration with IBA and The Theater Offensive; there’s a lot of potential for what we can do together,” said Josean Ortiz, t...

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Transitioning your Child into School

Transitioning your Child into School

Starting preschool can be nerve wracking for both the little ones and their parents. It is common for both parties to feel a bit of separation anxiety, but there are ways to make this transition easier and a positive experience. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up along the years at IBA’s preschool which you can do in preparation and also on the actual day. ...

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Our CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado is Awarded as a Woman of FIRE

Our CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado is Awarded as a Woman of FIRE

[caption id="attachment_4366" align="alignright" width="300"] Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado[/caption] This past Friday, IBA CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado was honored as one of ...

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Relive the Excitement: Festival Betances 2016 Recap

Relive the Excitement: Festival Betances 2016 Recap

For the past 48 years, Festival Betances has brought together the Latino communities of Boston and beyond for a three-day event. This celebration of culture and customs occurs once a year in mid July with the hope of bringing friends and family together in a welcoming environment. Those that are familiar with the rhythms and foods of the culture can enjoy a piece of their heritage for the weekend,...

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Finding Beauty Everywhere: An Interview with Ricardo Maldonado

Finding Beauty Everywhere: An Interview with Ricardo Maldonado

On Friday night, July 8th, at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Ricardo Maldonado opened his show “De Aquí y de Allá” to the public. He is an artist originally from Spain who has been in Boston for many years. With bold, contrasting colors and images of familiar scenes in nature, Maldonado invited guests to appreciate the natural beauty around them. We had some time to speak with Ricardo, where ...

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Don't Lose Year-Long Lessons: Tips for Keeping Education in your Child's Summer

Don't Lose Year-Long Lessons: Tips for Keeping Education in your Child's Summer

It is a common known fact among school teachers that children tend to forget a lot of material from the previous school year over the summer. On average they have to spend four to eight weeks re-teaching these same things and losing valuable time where your child could be learning something new. After doing some research we found that children lose the most knowledge in math, but reading also decl...

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Another Betances Reveal: Sunday's Main Act

Another Betances Reveal: Sunday's Main Act

The last day of Festival Betances, Sunday July 17th, we will be presenting a salsa band from New York, made up of 8 musicians, that live up to their name 8 y Más (8 and More), with their music they fill the stage and sound as if a full orchestra were playing. The band’s drummer, Bobby Allende, told us about their origins, music, and trajectory. 8 y Más was formed 10 years ago, but Allende has bee...

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Otra Revelación del Festival Betances: El Acto Principal del Domingo

Otra Revelación del Festival Betances: El Acto Principal del Domingo

El último día del Festival Betances, domingo 17 de julio, tendremos el placer de presentar a una banda neoyorquina exclusivamente de salsa, compuesta de 8 músicos, pero como indica su nombre, 8 y Más, al tocar dan la sensación de ser una orquesta entera en el escenario. Bobby Allende, el conguero de la banda, nos contó acerca de los orígenes de 8 y Más, su música y trayectoria. 8 y Más se formó h...

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Revelamos el Segundo Acto Principal de Festival Betances

Revelamos el Segundo Acto Principal de Festival Betances

Jesus Pagán es un cantante puertorriqueño que siempre ha sentido una gran afinidad por el género de la salsa. A lo largo de su carrera, a partir del 1998, ha cantado como corista y también ejercido de percusionista con grandes como Rubén Blades. Hace 8 años decidió independizarse como cantante y desde entonces su éxito ha seguido incrementando. Él, acompañado de músicos de Nueva York y Boston esta...

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Another Big Reveal! Interview with Festival Betances Main Saturday Act

Another Big Reveal! Interview with Festival Betances Main Saturday Act

Jesus Pagán is a Puerto Rican singer who has always felt close the salsa genre. Throughout his career which started in 1998, he has been part of the chorus or percussionist for some of the greatest of salsa, the likes of Rubén Blades. He decided to branch off on his own eight years ago, and since then his success as singer and composer has only been increasing. He will be performing his unique sty...

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Entrevista Exclusiva: Revelamos el Primer Artista Principal del Festival Betances

Entrevista Exclusiva: Revelamos el Primer Artista Principal del Festival Betances

Edgar Zayas no siempre fue un cantante de música bohemia, descubrió su vocación mientras estaba en el ejército a los 30 años. “Allá me dió como ese sentir esa melancolía de la tierra, del escuchar música. Descubrí el contenido de la música borincana y desde entonces lo hago.” La música Bohemia, está compuestas por un ritmo romántico y un poco nostálgico que caracteriza a nuestras generaciones mayo...

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Exclusive Interview: Our First Betances Reveal

Exclusive Interview: Our First Betances Reveal

Edgardo Zayas wasn’t always a Bohemia singer, he discovered his vocation while serving in the military when he was 30 years old. “There I started to feel that melancholy that accompanies the earth, that goes with listening to music. I discovered the content of "borincana" music, and ever since then it has become what I do." Bohemia music is made up of a romantic rhythm with nostalgic overtones, wh...

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A Big Day Promoting Education and the Arts

A Big Day Promoting Education and the Arts

Last Friday was an important day for our organization with two different celebrations: one for our little ones and their successful completion of the Afterschool Learning Program, and the other to mark the opening of a special exhibit, “Emerging Latino Artists,” featuring local Latino artists who are making significant contributions to the Boston art scene. Afterschool Program End of the ...

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Leaders in Diversity: Vanessa Calderón-Rosado Makes Community Impact

Leaders in Diversity: Vanessa Calderón-Rosado Makes Community Impact

The Boston Business Journal has published an article about our CEO, Dr. Vanessa Calderón-Rosado. Education: Bachelor's degree in education, University of Puerto Rico, 1986; master's degree in speech language pathology, 1989; master's d...

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