Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 13

CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-

This portion of the interview discusses Luis Garden Acostas relationship with his wife, Frances Lucerna. He gives us some history about Frances' community work, which includes the creation of the first major arts program in Williamsburg called Williamsburg Arts Council for youth (WACY). Frances helped El Puente Dance ensemble get national recognition through media organizations such as the NY Times. Garden Acosts recalls when the dance ensemble was one of two groups allowed to dance in front of 75 heads of state ambassadors and their family during the Childrens convention on the Rights of a Child at the United Nations summit. He briefly mentions Frances creating the most comprehensive Latino Center for Arts and Culture, which includes 30 artists employed by El Puente. Frances served as the founding principal of El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice for eight years while her predecessor obtained his academic certifications. Garden Acosta talks about having plans to develop a national radio show based on the successful and well received radio show he had while in New England.


Date
May 15, 2015, Recording date
Creator
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewee
Luis Garden Acosta
Interviewer
Gisely Colon Lopez
Duration
2h 3m 46.0s
Location of interview

El Puente, 211 S 4th street, Brooklyn, NY

Language
English
Object Type
Moving Image
Identifier
LGA.2015.05.15.13
Related Keywords
Art, Community-based organizations, Dance, Education, Education, Marriage, Parents
Individuals or Organizations Mentioned
Frances Lucerna, Jhonny Colon, Williamsburg Arts Council for Youth, Latino Center for Arts and Culture, United Nations. Convention on the Rights of the Child, New York Times Company
Related Places
Brooklyn (interview location), Williamsburg (is referenced)
Citation
CENTRO: 100 Puerto Ricans Oral History Project, 2013-. Interview with Luis Garden Acosta on May 15, 2015, Segment 13: LGA.2015.05.15.13. Center for Puerto Rican Studies Library & Archives, Hunter College, CUNY. Web. 17 Sep 2019.
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