Thursday, August 19, 2021

Community Building


This Sunday at the Chrysalis, 5 - 7 pm: 
Music of Puerto Rico with Cultura Plenera
Get tickets here. (They are free, but you must register so they’ll know how many people to expect.)

I was lucky enough to be in attendance for Cultura Plenera’s first concert at the Chrysalis two years ago. I will be there again this weekend. The experience was a joyous expression Puerto Rican culture in music and dance. It was a delightfully immersive, inclusive event. From their website:

Cultura Plenera is a non-profit organization dedicated to community building in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia areas through the traditional Puerto Rican musical styles of Bomba and Plena. 

I’ve put together a musical slideshow to give you a taste of the Cultura Plenera experience. Photos are by Sherman Wright, music is from the CD “En Maryland Tocan Plena.” You may find after a bit that you want to get up and dance. Go for it.

I hope I’ll see you Sunday.

Accessibility to the arts isn’t simply about growing more artists and arts audiences. The arts promote a strong sense of community. They foster a sense of belonging and empowerment. The arts connect with many, many other disciplines by so many tiny threads that a free ticket to a concert may also open a door to many other amazing dreams. (“Open the Door”, September 19, 2019)

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