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ACTIVATING OPEN SPACES THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS

THAT PROMOTE DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL HERITAGE PRESERVATION

SOUTH  BRONX   |   FRIDAYS   6 - 9 PM

681  Kelly  Street

Train:  6  Train  to  E  149  St   |   2  Train  to  Jackson  Avenue  Station

AUG  26   |   SEP  2 ,  9 ,  16 ,  23 ,  30  OCT  7 ,  14

EAST  HARLEM   |   SATURDAYS   5 - 7 PM

463  East  115  Street

Train:  6  Train  to  E  116  St   Station

AUG  27  |  SEP  3 ,  10 ,  17 ,  24   OCT  1 ,  8 ,  15

LOWER  EAST  SIDE   |   SUNDAYS   3 - 6 PM

107  Suffolk Street

Train:  F / J / M / Z /  Trains  to  Delancey  St  Essex  St  Station

AUG  28   |   SEP  4 ,  11 ,  18 ,  25   |  OCT  2 ,  9 ,  16

SALSA STORIES is an immersive Salsa experience presented in the communities that gave birth to Salsa in the streets of NYC.

By engaging a diverse audience, the program advocates for disseminating misconceptions engraved in environmental justice areas stigmatized by past events to this day, such as the arsons, violence and crime from the 70s. 

Salsa emerged from displacement impositions, a phenomenon that impacts and breaks up community ties and long-standing support systems, perpetuates welfare culture, and prevents generational wealth. Physical spaces coexist with sociocultural identity.

 

The stars of the show are the neighborhoods that served as incubators and transformed these cultural traditions into a vital part of New York City’s cultural heritage, and global popular culture whose many styles reflect the geographic areas that nurture them.

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Bianka is a Brazilian-born filmmaker and Telly® Award-winner producer, story curator, and an avid Salsa dancer.

She created the community engagement program  SALSA STORIES in 2021 to provide her local dance community with a safe open space for them to continue to express their cultural identity amidst the pandemic.

Through SALSA STORIES Bianka is a recurring Open Strees partner and Public Space Programming parter with DOT. The project has awarded her with several grants, including the City Artists Corps, the Enfoco 2022 Media Arts WIP, Creatives Rebuild New York, Alfresco NYC, and the NYC Green Fund Grassroots Award.