Fellow Bomber@s and Supporters of MCAC,
Like many of you, we welcomed the New Year with a lot of joy and enthusiasm. And anticipation that 2021 will be the year that we beat COVID-19 and are able to bring community together in a real live bombazo.
While MCAC’s 2020 organizational goals were impacted by the pandemic, the year nonetheless proved to be a busy one for us. After the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, and as people from all walks of life took to the streets to protest, Movimiento Culture was frequently called on to perform at rallies, protests and other events organized in support of racial and social justice. This included a 9,000 strong rally organized by Black Lives Matter and CityWide Youth Coalition.
In the fall, The Yale Peabody Museum commissioned MCAC to create an educational video about the bomba in support of its annual Fiesta Latina! which was held remotely. You can access the video here. We also began teaching regular bomba classes at the Viva Dance Fitness Center for the Arts, located in West Haven.
Finally, we ended the year with much excitement after learning that the Arts Paper designated the bomba as one of 2020’s “Top Ten”, embedding numerous links to Movimiento Cultural’s performances.
We were grateful also for the ongoing support from several funders, including the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the City of New Haven and CT Humanities.
We start the year with several virtual events including a February 5 workshop in honor of Black History Month sponsored by the Yale African American Affinity Group and the Yale Latino Networking Group. On February 15, we will do a virtual workshop with the International Society of Tropical Foresters.
We will continue to find ways to safely continue to celebrate our beloved bomba – we encourage you to visit our website often to see what events you might be able to join us at – even if virtually. Pa’lante!