New York City is home to immigrants from all over the world and one-quarter of its 8 million residents are Hispanic or Latino, a highly diverse group that draws from Native American, African, Caribbean, Portuguese and Spanish cultures. Hispanic art heritage, literature and current cultural debates are kept up by cultural gems across the city that are open to all, Spanish-speaking or not. From author talks to masterpieces on view, from Latin jazz concerts to flamenco lessons, there are plenty of ways to keep up your family’s ancestral heritage, or to see a different cultural perspective for the first time.
The dance and theatrical repertory of ABAKUA' Afro-Latin Company is designed to reach a broad audience and to nurture the widespread appreciation of Afro-Latin dance.
The Alliance maintains a world-class collection of Latin jazz musical scores and recordings, provides support for the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra conducted by Arturo O'Farrill and offers education programs to young musicians and new audiences.
Americas Society (AS) is the premier forum dedicated to education, debate and dialogue about issues in Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. Its literature, music and visual arts programs present artists from these regions.
Headed by Mexican-born dancer/choreographer Annabella Gonzalez, this eclectic, international company performs its repertoire of over 60 modern dances in venues around the city and provides lively dance education programs to public school students.
Celebrating 50 years of dance and culture, Ballet Hispanico is recognized as the nation's leading Latino dance organization. Led by Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro, the Company, School of Dance, and Education & Outreach programs build new avenues of cultural dialogue and share the joy of dance with all communities.
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company performs dance, music and theater to promote the rich diversity of Mexico's cultural heritage. The company's season takes place at Queens Theatre in the Park. It also leads arts education programming and community events.
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education is an 80-year old South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization that presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.
Named after the respected Puerto Rican poet, the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center (CSV) was established in 1993 with the mission of nurturing and developing Puerto Rican and Latino arts in the Lower East Side.
Through touring exhibitions and publications, En Foco provides emerging and mid-career artists with recognition, honoraria and technical assistance. It disseminates their work though the quarterly bilingual journal Nueva Luz, and its touring-gallery program mounts temporary exhibits in public libraries, universities, banks and other community spaces.
Located at the north end of Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile, El Museo del Barrio is New York City's only museum dedicated exclusively to Latin American and Latino art.
This community-based arts and education institution on Manhattan's Upper West Side has a 30-year history of providing a forum for artists and musicians from around the city (and around the world) to create and perform new works.
Founded in 1983, Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana is a performance group dedicated to fostering the art of flamenco. The company performs in New York and tours internationally and conducts extensive arts education and community programs.
The Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 to establish a free museum and research library representing the culture of Spain and the peoples it has influenced.
In addition to teaching Spanish language and culture, the Instituto Cervantes has a lively calendar of cultural events that includes talks with writers, film screenings, art shows and concerts, among others. The public events are often in English and Spanish, and usually are free.
Through a unique combination of accessible community programs and touring performances, Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21) fosters the awareness, appreciation and practice of Puerto Rican cultural expressions, particularly those of the African Diaspora.
The New York Center For Flamenco Performing Arts/ArtsFlamenco provides arts-in-education services; produces weekly flamenco performances at Alegrias On Broadway; teaches dance classes and workshops; and performs through its dance company, Pasion Flamenca.
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders is a New York-based organization dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture and promoting the understanding of Mexican traditions through Mexicanidad, an arts, culture and humanities program.
Pregones Theater mounts numerous Spanish and bilingual productions throughout the year at 130-seat theater in the Bronx. Residents of 12 nearby zip codes receive a 50 percent discount at the box office.
The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (PRTT) offers performances and student workshops in both Spanish and English, in the Theater District and in East Harlem.
Since 1954, the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute has promoted Spanish and Hispanic culture through a variety of programs, many which are free-of-charge, including exhibitions, lectures, musical performances and Spanish language classes.
Repertorio Espanol is a venue and production company for Spanish and Latin-American theater. Simultaneous English translation of classic Spanish-language drama is one reason it has been a success for the past 45 years.
Founded in 1985 in Puerto Rico, Sociedad Educativa de las Artes, (Society of the Educational Arts, or SEA) is a nonprofit Hispanic/bilingual arts-in-education organization.
Thalia Spanish Theatre, the only Hispanic theater in the borough of Queens, produces American and world premieres of bilingual plays by Spanish, Latin-American and Hispanic-American authors performed alternately in English and Spanish, and both traditional and new music and dance pieces.
This Latin dance studio in Sunset Park, Brooklyn is dedicated to helping young people ages four and up have fun while learning to dance.