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Music Education Program

Activities about “Latin Heritage through Music”

In 2008, the INEC Caribbean and Latin American Institute began its Music Education Program with a series of Educational Exchanges related to the topic of “Latino Heritage through Music.” This program was aimed at schools, cultural centers, and community organizations.

The specific objectives of the program are:

1.    To stimulate knowledge about and love for their culture among young students of Latino origin in the schools of New York.

2.    To introduce Latino culture to young people of other nationalities

General view of the program in George Washington School, February 2009.

The program’s methodology is based in music and the visual arts, using music, video, photographs and other illustrations as pedagogical media of high impact among youth.

The program consists of a combination of three pedagogical tools:

·         A Visual Bilingual Exposition using infographs;

·         Interactive discussions based on music and video;

·         And teacher-led projects completed with students.

The program began in February 2008, on the occasion of Dominican Heritage Month. The project included Washington Heights and Inwood in Upper Manhattan as part of its first stage, and later intends to cover the Bronx and other counties in New York City.

The program was inaugurated with an exposition in Río Gallery and later moved to George Washington School Campus, and then to San Judas Tadeo Church.


Visual Exposition and Lecture about Merengue in Dominican Culture

In New York, the INEC Caribbean and Latin American Institute and the organization Dominicanos Pro-Ayuda a la Niñez held a visual exposition and lecture about the Merengue in Dominican Culture.

The activity was held on February 29, 2008 in Río Gallery, on the seventh floor of Riverside Drive and 135th Street. Numerous individuals from the Latino community were present, including artists such as percussionist Irka Mateo.

Shot of the presentation in Rio Gallery, February 29, 2008.

The presentation was given by Nurys de Oleo, Lírica Castilla Cross and Dixa D’Oleo, who spoke on behalf of the organizers and emphasized the novelty of the exposition. A lecture about the role of merengue in Dominican culture followed.

The exposition contained a chronological history of the merengue, the most representative music of Dominicans, and of its primary representatives from a socio-cultural stance.

The activity was concluded with a toast shared by those in attendance in this pleasant and joyful atmosphere celebrating Dominican cultural heritage.

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