A forum to raise the voices of young people to inform NYC's first Cultural Plan. Dinner will be served!
In recognition of El Puente's long-standing, stellar pre-professional arts programming, we were recently awarded the prestigious New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship Grant providing eight of our aspiring high school and middle school students scholarships to receive intensive pre-professional arts instruction and mentoring, as well as the opportunity to apply to professional programs and competitive schools for the arts. This award will allow El Puente to build on the success of our previous Van Lier Fellowship, through which four members of El Puente's high school program were able to pursue advanced opportunities in dance and musical theater.
The following students were chosen for this year's Van Lier Fellowship because of their immense talent, passion and need for the Fellowship to help propel them toward their dreams. We are so honored to have these young people begin this journey with us and are committed to helping them rise! Congratulations to everyone who has given to the light of each of these youth:
THE 2017-2018 EL PUENTE VAN LIER ARTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE FELLOWS
Andrea Rodriguez (7th Grade- Beacon)
Taina Cuevas (7th Grade- Beacon)
Zynnyah Cesar (7th Grade- Beacon)
Taylor Baez ( 9th Grade- Bushwick)
Armando Velasquez (7th Grade- MS50)
Danielle Colon (7th Grade- Beacon)
Jorman Esparza (10th Grade- Academy)
Hamairi Alvarez (10th Grade- Bushwick)
THE 2017 EL PUENTE VAN LIER ARTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE HONORABLE MENTIONS
Gabriella Hernandez (8th Grade- Beacon)
Christian Plaza (7th Grade- Beacon)
Maya Hernandez (7th Grade- Beacon)
Daury Quiroz (12th Grade- WLC)
Kimberlee Rivera (10th Grade- Academy)
El Puente's Dance Team, Dreams in Motion (DIM), brings you their annual cmpany performance honoring the works of Alex Espinal.
Doors Open at 4:45
All ages welcome. Seating on first come, first served basis. $10 Suggested Donation
For more information contact DIM Dance Coach and El Puente Teaching Artist, Lisa Aronowitz: LAronowitz@elpuente.us or 718-408-6792
On Friday, January 20th, El Puente Beacon members Leslie Malin (MS50-El Puente Community School) and Percaiz Cordero (Brooklyn Arbor) performed their original composition "CoCo Mango Cherry" accompanied by the award-winning New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Lincoln Center! Leslie and Percaiz performed two shows to a crowd of nearly 4,000 NYC public school students under the leadership of Very Young Composer Teaching Artist, Angelica Negron.
Last year, Leslie and Percaiz were among five Beacon members selected to be part of the Very Young Composers Program - VYC bridges the creativity of children and the world of classical music. The partnership between El Puente,Very Young Composers, and National Sawdust will resume in February with Stephanie Garcia as our resident lead artist.
Congratulations, to our composers Leslie and Percaiz! ¡Wepa!