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Community Power During Trying Times: Coronavirus Updates

Community Power During Trying Times: Coronavirus Updates

* This page will be continually updated as this is a developing situation Para ver esta información en español por favor siga este enlace. Updated Tuesday April 7th, 2020, 4:30pm Q: How does Governor Baker’s orders on COVID-19 impact IB...

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2020 | A Year of Perfect Vision

2020 | A Year of Perfect Vision

With 2020 in full swing, we sat down with IBA’s Chief Operating Officer, Mayra I. Negrón-Roche to learn more about IBA’s goals for the year. Can you share IBA’s 2020 goals? As we enter into 2020 with a year of perfect vision, our focus will be on points of accountability in all we do at IBA to achieve our intended impact and theory of change in our co...

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The Voice of the Community | Donuts With Delegates

The Voice of the Community | Donuts With Delegates

2020 is one of the busiest political years that we can recently remember. There are a number of pending housing and community development priorities in the legislature and we only have seven months before the end of the session. For those reasons, we have called our State Representative, Jon Santiago, and Eduardo Moreno Méndez, a representative from the office of the State Senator Sonia...

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Preserving a Place for Families

Preserving a Place for Families

Research recently published by the Boston Foundation and MetroCommon reveal that families with children are getting squeezed out of Boston. ...

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City Winery & IBA Present Grammy-Winning, Puerto Rican Star, iLe

City Winery & IBA Present Grammy-Winning, Puerto Rican Star, iLe

With the highly-anticipated February 10th event hosted by IBA & City Winery less than a week away, we had the rare opportunity to speak with 2017 Grammy Award Winner and 2020 Best Latin Rock, Urban Or Alternative Album Grammy Nominee, iLe to learn more about the inspiration b...

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Frequently Asked Questions: Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (VVCA)

Frequently Asked Questions: Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (VVCA)

With the new year upon us, we wanted to provide an important update on the status of the Villa Victoria Center for the Arts.January/February 2020 Update What has IBA done historically to maintain Villa Victoria Center for the Arts? IBA has operated the building for more than 30 years as a multi-function community center with active d...

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Looking Ahead: IBA’s Affordable Housing Outlook for 2020

Looking Ahead: IBA’s Affordable Housing Outlook for 2020

When Mayor Martin J. Walsh took office, he pledged to add 53,000 residential units to Boston’s housing stock – a number that was increased to 69,000 in 2018 in order to keep pace with demand. In November 2019, Mayo...

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Strong for Puerto Rico

Strong for Puerto Rico

With each passing day, the situation is growing more dire. That's why IBA has partnered with Brigada Solidaria del Oeste to bring aide to those affected in Puerto Rico. Your donation will go to providing critical supplies to the island, offset the cost of home repairs, and to establish temporary housing for the hundreds that are displaced. 1. What’s happenin...

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Transit Woes: The State of Transportation in Massachusetts

Transit Woes: The State of Transportation in Massachusetts

Finding affordable, reliable transportation in Greater Boston can feel nearly impossible. Despite being ranked the third most “walkable” large city in the U.S., Boston is one of the most congested cities in the U.S. and possesses a public bus, subway, and...

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New Chief Development Officer: Rachel Madariaga

New Chief Development Officer: Rachel Madariaga

If you want results, Rachel Madariaga, IBA’s new Chief Development Officer is the person to turn to. Having joined the executive team in late-September, Rachel’s addition is sure to help catapult IBA in extraordinary ways. With a results-driven approach that has garnered her impressive success in her eight-year career with Jumpstart for Young Children, she is excited to bring her experience and...

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New Arts Program Director: JuanCarlos González

New Arts Program Director: JuanCarlos González

In 2019 alone, IBA-sponsored arts and cultural events drew in diverse crowds in the thousands. From hosting renowned art exhibits at La Galeria, to offering interactive artist talks at the MFA, to the annual Festival Betances, Bostonians always have an IBA arts event to choose from. And, with the addition of JuanCarlos González as the Arts Program Director, the events calendar for 2020 is set t...

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Villa Victoria Resident Gives Back

Villa Victoria Resident Gives Back

Heroes in our community come in all shapes and sizes… and costumes! This past Halloween is no exception, especially for one Villa Victoria resident, Hector Colon who makes it his mission to give back in a big way. We sat down with him recently for an interview to learn more about how this Halloween giving tradition started. Can you share more about your Halloween trad...

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The Voice of Our Future

The Voice of Our Future

Empowering our future leaders by giving them the tools and encouragement they may need to discover and express their voice is critical to the direction of our nation. Giving youth the safe space to explore and learn about the arts is exactly what IBA's Youth Development Program is all about. With a mission to provide academic support, job readiness, arts education, leadership training, civic en...

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The Importance of Open Spaces in Affordable Housing Communities

The Importance of Open Spaces in Affordable Housing Communities

Open spaces in Boston, like Boston Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, play a vital role in fostering physical activity and hosting community gatherings, such as food and culture festivals and public displays of activism. Yet, these open spaces are not always accessible or welcoming to low-income residents who don’t have the time or resources to visit them. To improve residents’ quali...

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Spreading the Impact in Our Community

Spreading the Impact in Our Community

With the divisive political and racial climate we live in, it is refreshing to see young leaders active in their community and looking to spark change. And, the teens in this year's Fall cycle of the Youth Development Program are having a big impact in the Boston area. In a recent event with the IBA Preschool, teens spent the afternoon with the youngest in our community doing a host of ...

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