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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

La Casita celebrates new space

Grand opening featured exhibition of historical Las Casitas

Sept. 11, 2011, by Judy Holmes

La Casita Cultural Center celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 with puppets, music, art, and special guest speakers. Located in the  Lincoln Building, 109 Otisco St., in downtown Syracuse, La Casita is the only Latino/a cultural center in the region. The Center is administered by Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences for the campus and Syracuse communities.

The event included the opening of, Las Casitas Revisited: An Urban Cultural Alternative, co-curated by William Aguado, former executive director of the Bronx Council on the Arts, and live music by Son Boricua. The name “La Casita” can be traced to Spanish Harlem and the South Bronx, where in the 1970s Latinos revitalized their neighborhoods with gardens and small houses (or “casitas”) that served as public gathering places. "La Casitas Revisited" seeks to both commemorate and preserve this cultural history.