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Hurricane Maria – One Year Later: Where Are We Now?

Hurricane Maria – One Year Later: Where Are We Now?

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, leaving extensive devastation in its wake. As we near the one-year anniversary of the storm, it’s important that we reflect upon the impact of the Hurricane and understand efforts underway to protect and aid the recovery of Puerto Rico. How did Hurricane Maria impact Puerto Rico? Puerto Rico suffered ex...

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Power to the People: Video Recap

Power to the People: Video Recap

In April 2018, we invited Bostonians to learn more about how an unlikely group of activists who rallied against local government to avoid being pushed out of their homes. We were humbled by the sheer number of people who came out to this event to share their connection to IBA ...

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History All Around Us: Festival Betances 2018

History All Around Us: Festival Betances 2018

Nearly half a century ago, Latino members of the South End community organized to dedicate one July weekend to the celebration of their heritage with music, dancing, food, and activities for all ages. Over the years, what started as a neighborhood block party has grown into our annual Festival Betances! Each year we’re proud to welcome more than 3,000 attendees—and this year was no different!...

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OneHood Spotlight: Hoops and Hope

OneHood Spotlight: Hoops and Hope

As we finish up our month-long endeavour to feature our outstanding Youth Development Program, we decided to sit down with Youth Coordinator Angel Lopez and star player Erik Ramirez to talk about their involvement with the OneHood Peace Basketball League. Angel coached for nine years before taking on responsibility of coordinating the entire league. Now in its ...

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YDP Alum: Building Bonds Through Mentorship

YDP Alum: Building Bonds Through Mentorship

IBA’s Youth Development and Afterschool & Summer Learning Programs foster independence, creativity, and academic growth among children and teenagers. This month, we will highlight IBA youth on our social media and website to celebrate their achievements. We interviewed a previous YDP participant to provide some insight on what we do. Tell us a little about yourself....

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The Importance of Preserving Retail Diversity

The Importance of Preserving Retail Diversity

When gentrification enters a community, it doesn’t just impact low-income individuals and families. Rather, the small retail businesses, or mom-and-pop storefronts, that contribute to the vibrancy of a local economy are often pushed to the peripheries. For instance, according to a recent WBUR s...

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Looking Through a Historical Lens: One Scholar's Perspective on IBA

Looking Through a Historical Lens: One Scholar's Perspective on IBA

As part of April's focus on IBA's history, we will hold a historical forum next week featuring prominent individuals who have contributed to the foundation of IBA. We interviewed Mario Small, who will be on of our esteemed guests. With a Ph.D. from Harvard University, he has published books and numerous articles on urban poverty, personal networks, and th...

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Elsa Mosquera: Creating Artistic Spaces for Latinx Talent

Elsa Mosquera: Creating Artistic Spaces for Latinx Talent

Our Arts Program is an integral part of our community and our organization. With Villa Victoria Center for the Arts being the largest Latino Arts Center in all of New England, Arts Director Elsa Mosquera is responsible for sourcing Latinx talent from all over the world. Dedicated to diversifying the city of Boston and providing spaces for artists of all backgrounds, she is a true trailblazer in he...

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Empowering Latinas Through Service to the Community

Empowering Latinas Through Service to the Community

The month of March is deemed National Women’s History Month: a time to remember and appreciate the ways that women have contributed to the history of this country. In recognition of the celebration, we interviewed IBA CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado about her experience as a female leader in the field of government. Why do you think it’s important to have women represented in government? Vane...

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Maloney Properties: Sustaining the IBA Community

Maloney Properties: Sustaining the IBA Community

The IBA community is strong, but it has not thrived for the last 50 years all by itself. As a continuation of our focus on affordable housing, we interviewed María Laboy, the Senior Property Manager from Maloney Properties, to learn more about all the work they do for Villa Victoria residents. IBA: When did your relationship with IBA and Villa Victoria begin? ML: Maloney Propert...

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Angel Vázquez: Revealing the Real Puerto Rico

Angel Vázquez: Revealing the Real Puerto Rico

IBA: You’re the star of “Hecho en Puelto Rico.” Tell us a little bit more about the premise of this play. Angel Vàzquez: This is a monologue about a student in Puerto Rico who wants to leave the island as soon as possible. He receives a phone call from his dad and he thinks he’s going to get money to go to the states, but when he opens the suitcase his father sent him, it’s just full of s...

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Celebrating LGBTQIA Latinx Artists

Celebrating LGBTQIA Latinx Artists

We were thrilled at the turnout of this month’s Marca X Gallery opening featuring LGBTQIA Latinx artists from the Boston area. The Boston LGBTQIA Artists Alliance’s (BLAA) 14th exhibition was a collaboration with the Harvard Ed Portal Crossings Gallery (HEP), and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS). An array of different mediums were on display—including photography, p...

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Eguie Castrillo: Taking audiences back in time!

Eguie Castrillo: Taking audiences back in time!

Kicking off another great season -- and year -- of arts events this January, is Grammy Award-winning timbalero, Eguie Castrillo. As he preserves a musical tradition with performances that “transport you to the New York Ballrooms of the 1950s & 60s,” this master of mambo, accompanied by his Palladium Orchestra (an 18-piece big band), will not only bring the entire audience back in time but to t...

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Ringing in the New Year with the Three Kings

Ringing in the New Year with the Three Kings

We're so excited to begin our anniversary year with one of our favorite community-centered events. In some Latin American countries and Spain, The Day of the Three Kings is quite the celebration. As Latinos, we make the most out of any excuse to gather and celebrate, and in Puerto Rico the Christmas Holidays are almost two months long. T...

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Recent Highlights: IBA’s 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Event Coverage

Recent Highlights: IBA’s 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Event Coverage

On the heels of our 50th Anniversary Kick-Off event, which was recently held at Davio’s Italian Steakhouse, news of our exciting celebration and events program for the year ahead has been featured in The Boston Globe, South End News and El Planeta. Most recently, IBA CEO Vanessa Calderón-Rosado was featured in The Boston Globe...

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