Location: Bronx, New York
Institution Type: Arts Education Department
Disciplines: Dance, Literary Arts, Music, Theater, Visual Arts
Programs: Arts in Education (K-12)
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Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) charity in NYC, founded in 1934, by Claire and Elizabeth Sullivan to serve Latinos in New York City. Operating from a five-room tenement apartment in East Harlem, the Sullivan sisters, public school teachers who were also relatives of TV personality Ed Sullivan, had a primary mission to offer after school enrichment and recreational activities for the children of newly arrived families from Puerto Rico.
At Casita Maria today, young people from grades K-12 are encouraged to become leaders and find their voices through art. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational
organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.