Wednesday, October 24, 2012 (Bronx, NY) – Hostos Community College’s connection to the arts was strengthened when a delegation from the Imagining America Conference visited the campus’s Longwood Art Gallery on October 5. Imagining America is a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of the arts, humanities and design. More than 30 of its members stopped by the college at the invitation of the Bronx Arts Alliance.
Present for the “arts summit” were Wallace Edgecombe, former Director of the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture; Ana García Reyes, Associate Dean; and Bill Aguado, Hostos Foundation Board Member. “It is wonderful when the college welcomes a community of artists, because all the pieces come together to make it a great learning experience for all,” Aguado said.
The Imagining America group was led by Rosalba Rolón, Executive Director of the Pregones Theater, where Hostos President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez participated in a panel discussion of artists and educators a day earlier. Located near the college on Walton Avenue, Pregones is dedicated to creating and performing original musical theater and plays rooted in Puerto Rican/Latino cultures. Hostos and the theater share a close connection as they have worked together for more than 30 years to support the arts in the South Bronx.
President Matos Rodríguez engaged the theater group in a discussion that focused on the arts and their relation to higher education institutions such as Hostos. “The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture has been a shining example of how art can bring a community together, as well as an important teaching tool from a cultural perspective,” said President Matos Rodríguez. “We are honored and proud that this group and Pregones Theater recognize the work Hostos Community College does in promoting these efforts.”
The Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos is an arm of the Bronx Council on the Arts and presents solo and group exhibitions produced in various media and through interdisciplinary practices that connect artists, communities, and ideas.
For more about Imagining America, go to: http://imaginingamerica.org/
For more about the Pregones Theater, go to: http://www.pregones.org/
About Hostos Community College:
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, part of The City University of New York (CUNY) system, was founded in 1968. In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in 1970 to over 7,000 students in 2012. The College also serves an additional 12,000 students through its Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College, visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.
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