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Congratulations to the 2017 El Puente Van Lier Arts for Social Justice Fellows

February 7, 2017

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

DANCE

Andrea Rodriguez (7th Grade- Beacon)

Taina Cuevas (7th Grade- Beacon)

Zynnyah Cesar (7th Grade- Beacon)

Taylor Baez ( 9th Grade- Bushwick)

THEATRE

Armando Velasquez (7th Grade- MS50)

Danielle Colon (7th Grade- Beacon)

VISUAL ART

Jorman Esparza (10th Grade- Academy)

Hamairi Alvarez (10th Grade- Bushwick)

 

 

THE 2017 EL PUENTE VAN LIER ARTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE HONORABLE MENTIONS

DANCE

Gabriella Hernandez (8th Grade- Beacon)

Christian Plaza (7th Grade- Beacon)

THEATRE

Maya Hernandez (7th Grade- Beacon)

Daury Quiroz (12th Grade- WLC)

VISUAL ART

Kimberlee Rivera (10th Grade- Academy)

 

 
 

Congratulations to our Very Young Composers Leslie Malin and Percaiz Cordero

January 20, 2017

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!

MOTHERS OUT FRONT & Environmental Justice

 


 

Mothers Out Front

In 2016, El Puente entered into a partnership with Mothers Out Front whose goal is to empower mothers to lead our society's transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy. As a leader of many environmental justice campaigns since our founding and a co-founder of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, this partnership builds on El Puente's long legacy of environmental justice work.
 
El Puente and Mothers Out Front have passionately worked to build a base of volunteers who are mothers and caretakers. We believe that the best way to advance the sustainability of our communities is by educating our residents (especially mothers and their families) on the fundamentals: recycling, energy efficiency, renewable energy, composting and urban gardening, and greening our open spaces, all within the framework of environmental justice.
 
BQ GREEN
Commissioned by the current Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, BQ Green is a project that will build a platform over the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) to create a 3-acre park. This project was developed in response to the lack of open spaces and the poor air quality that has led to high rates of asthma in the Southside of Williamsburg. Our volunteers are advocating for funding from the city, state, and federal government.
 
Want to join the BQ Green Campaign?
Step 1: Learn about how the BQE affects the air quality, especially in our parks, and harms our health. Visit or call El Puente!
Step 2: Help collect data to measure levels of air pollution in our parks.
Step 3: Inform and educate the community about BQ Green and the current state of air quality in Southside.
Step 4: Join El Puente in advocating for more and better quality open spaces in Southside.
Step 5: Make the Southside a greener, more thriving community.
 
 
For more information please contact
Virginia Ribot at:
vribot@elpuente.us, (718) 387 0404 x 31

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