Founded in 1934 by two New York City public school teachers, Casita Maria was the first charitable organization to serve the Hispanic population in New York City. Casita’s 75th anniversary in 2009 coincided with the grand opening of the Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, a 90,000-square-foot facility on its property in the Bronx. The center serves as Casita’s operational and programming headquarters and houses a New York City public school with a capacity of 550 middle and high school students.