Associated Artists
Thania Acaron - Dance

Thania Acaron – Dance

……. Thania Acaron started and developed her career as a dancer, choreographer and educator in Puerto Rico. After finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, she traveled to New York to do her Master’s in Dance Education (New York University), where she is a licensed dance teacher. She has trained in contemporary dance, ballet, and...
Arthur Aviles - Dance

Arthur Aviles – Dance

……. “…one of the great modern dancers of the last 15 years.” – Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times” Arthur Aviles has developed an individual voice and style that might be compared to bold street theater and poster art, communicating his truths about life as seen by a gay male Puerto Rican through simple narratives...
Christal Brown - Dance

Christal Brown – Dance

…. Christal Brown is the Founder of INSPIRIT, Project: BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance and the Chair of Dance at Middlebury College. Brown is a native of Kinston, North Carolina, where she remembers cleaning up on Saturday mornings as a child to the music of the Chi-Lites, Marvin Gaye,...
Melissa A. Calderon - Visual Arts

Melissa A. Calderon – Visual Arts

…… MELISSA A. CALDERON was born in 1974 and received her BA in Art History from CUNY Lehman College. Using installation, photography, sculpture and video, the foundation of her work remains rooted in exploring the gap of disconnection from traditional roles; whether they are gender or culturally based. She has exhibited at El Museo del...
Caridad De La Luz - Spoken Word Artist

Caridad De La Luz – Spoken Word Artist

Caridad De La Luz is a Bronx-born performer known as LA BRUJA.  She is considered one of America’s leading spoken word poets.  at Binghamton University. Whether singing on Telemundo, performing on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, or appearing on FOX, NBC and movies on Netflix, modern day renaissance woman Caridad De La Luz “La Bruja” refuses...
Alejandra Delfin - Visual Arts

Alejandra Delfin – Visual Arts

…… Alejandra Delfin is the founder of Studio 889 and current Executive Director of Studio 889. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and expertise with not just the Hunts Point community where Studio 889 is located, but to all who attend Studio 889 workshops. Ms. Delfin studied at the Bob Blackburn Printmakers Workshop and at the...
Marisol Diaz - Visual Arts

Marisol Diaz – Visual Arts

…… Marisol Diaz (Puerto Rican) was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She received a Bachelor in Arts degree in photography from City College City University of New York (2002), and an Associates degree in Advertising Arts from Bronx Community College (1993). Díaz has been with En Foco since 1999, coordinating and curating its...
Alicia Díaz: Dulce Dance Theatre - Dance

Alicia Díaz: Dulce Dance Theatre – Dance

…… Alicia Díaz and Matthew Thornton are co-directors of Agua Dulce Dance Theater and assistant professors of dance at The University of Richmond. Their work draws from contemporary dance, movement-theater, martial arts, chi-gung, improvisation, and an interest in outdoor and site-specific projects. They are particularly interested in the ongoing search for and development of an...
Jessie Flores - Dance

Jessie Flores – Dance

…… Dancer, Choreographer and Teaching Artist, Jessie Flores creates work with influences from contemporary sources, including social dances from Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Peruvian and West African traditions, and martial arts like Qichong and Win Chung.  All her work is infused with an urban, street style aesthetic honed in clubs and dance floors throughout NYC. Jessie is a...
Sita Frederick - Dance

Sita Frederick – Dance

…… Sita Frederick (Artistic Director, Areytos Performance Works) is a choreographer, videographer, performer, and teacher. A graduate from Swarthmore College, Frederick performed with Bessie award-winning choreographers Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women and Merian Soto as well as Arthur Aviles Typical Theater and Full Circle Productions. Frederick and visual artist, José Ortiz, co-founded...
Violeta Galagarza - Dance

Violeta Galagarza – Dance

…… VIOLETA GALAGARZA Violeta Galagarza is a Spanish Harlem, born and raised, Latin Grammy Award-Winning choreographer, dancer, performer, inspirational role model, and artistic developer. In 1989, Violeta, a former LaGuardia Performing Arts High School and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater student, founded a non-profit 501(C)(3) dance company KR3T’s, an acronym for “Keep Rising to the...
Anita 'Rokafella' Garcia - Dance & Singer

Anita ‘Rokafella’ Garcia – Dance & Singer

…… NYC born and bred Ana Rokafella Garcia has represented Hip-hop dance over the past two decades and co founded Full Circle Prod Inc- NYC’s only non-profit Break Dance Theater company with her husband veteran Bboy Kwikstep, generating evening length theater pieces, a monthly dance party known as “Behind The Groove”, and a documentary highlighting...
Rebecca Lloyd-Jones - Dance

Rebecca Lloyd-Jones – Dance

…… Rebecca Lloyd-Jones a performer and a choreographer based in the Bronx. Her work explores the complexity of human relations, expression of displacement, subconscious, memories, and contradiction through human body. She has worked with artists and companies such as Marianela Boan, Leah Stein Dance Company, Yelena Gluzman’s science project, Void Theater Company, Mare Hieronimus, Merian...
Sheila Maldonado - Poet

Sheila Maldonado – Poet

…… Sheila Maldonado is the author of one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011), her debut poetry collection. She grew up in Coney Island, New York, across the street from the Atlantic Ocean. Her family hails from Honduras. Her poems have appeared in Rattapallax, Callaloo, Meridians, Stretching Panties, Live Mag!, The Acentos Review, and Me...
Indio Melendez - Performing Artist

Indio Melendez – Performing Artist

…… Indio Melendez, Actor, Writer and Poet, was born and raised in New York City. He is a Desert Storm Veteran, and earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Social Work from Lehman College in the Bronx. Indio is a member of “Spanish Repertory Theater Company” in New York City. In 2009 he...
Myrna Nieves - Poet

Myrna Nieves – Poet

…… MYRNA NIEVES is a writer, cultural activist and educator. A founding member and professor at Boricua College, she was director for twenty years of its Winter Poetry Series. Published works are: Libreta de sueños (narraciones) (1997), Viaje a la lluvia, poemas (2003), El Caribe: paraíso y paradoja: visiones del intelectual en Alejo Capentier y...
Fred Ones - Music

Fred Ones – Music

…… Fred Ones began his journey in hip-hop as a DJ. DJing from the early age of 11 has given Fred an unmatched knowledge of both Old School and New School hip-hop. As a means to share his unique perspective on hip-hop, Fred Ones has been making urban graffiti designed mix tapes and selling them...
Jose Miguel Ortiz - Visual Arts

Jose Miguel Ortiz – Visual Arts

…… Jose Miguel Ortiz is a painter, arts educator and multi-media artist committed to connecting art with our everyday world. His paintings layer symbols and myths to create possibilities for connection between all peoples and cultures; to achieve this effect, he uses a mixture of photography, printmaking, collage and paint to reveal our common existence....
Cynthia Paniagua - Dance

Cynthia Paniagua – Dance

…… Cynthia Paniagua is a dancer, choreographer, and educator whose work reflects her Peruvian and Nuyorican heritage. She was raised in New York City where she earned a B.A. in Dance at Hunter College. Shortly after graduating, she won a Fulbright Scholarship to study traditional dance in Peru to “quench a burning desire to know...
Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz - Visual Arts

Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz – Visual Arts

…… Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz is an award winning interdisciplinary artist with works ranging from performance art, installation, drawing, painting, video and most recently poetry and spoken word. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; Institute of Contemporary Art @ UPENN; Centro Cultural de España, El Salvador; has works in numerous...