Andrea Amador and Joshua Rojas production assistant during the filming session at VROCC.

Celebrating Hispanic – Latino Heritage Month

Andrea Amador was born and raised in East Boston, her mother is from Colombia and her father is from Honduras.

“Growing up in an Italian immigrant town with a family that made a great effort to remind us of our roots with food, music and arts influenced my appreciation for diversity”. Commented Andrea while working on a piece of leather.

Being always surrounded by bakeries and shops that were still artisanal gave Andrea a way to appreciate handmade work; arts and craft was also something encouraged when she was growing up at home, at camps, and also in school.

The love for art and culture followed her into her career as a chef. Before the Pandemic she work 12 years at fine dining restaurants, corporate kitchens, and run small cafes.

“Andrea had juggled a few ideas, odd enough owning a food business was not one of them. She was in search of a hobby and a wallet”.

Leather crafting has been another creative outlet for Andrea. She has being able to create a brand behind it, the support of her family, friends and her community buying her products encourage and inspires her to continue mastering the crafts. Leather crafting was a skill that every town needed in the past before industrialism came, now being able to learn the craft is a very humble feeling.

Amador Leather Goods – Handcrafted for Generations

My goal with my brand, “Amador Leather goods” is to pass the craft to future generations and to bring in an artisanal movement back to our cities. Being a small local business owner helps keep our families and cities going.

Check out the video to learn more about Andrea Amador, a proud Hispanic – Latina born in Eastie.

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WHAT DO WE DO? 

VROCC offers culturally affirming arts education, dance and music performances that foster cultural pride, build cross-cultural collaboration and incubate creative entrepreneurship for Latino immigrant artists that spur economic development. As a Latin American cultural center, we seek to both hold space for Latinos to engage in cultural activities and share space, dialogue and cross-cultural connections with people from other cultural groups who wish to learn about our cultures. All are welcome to participate in our programs and celebrate with us at our festive events. 

WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE PANDEMIC? 

While remaining true to our focus through a shift to virtual cultural enrichment programming, we also have stepped up our community leadership in response to the coronavirus pandemic during 2020-21. 

Working in collaboration with neighborhood-partners and larger city-wide collaborators (e.g. The City of Boston, the Greater Boston Latino Network and the consulates of Mexico, Honduras, and Colombia), we have been: Assisting community members with filling out job and unemployment applications, providing and delivering meals and hygiene kits, offering financial assistance and online learning support and connecting those in need to part-time employment opportunities; Using our radio show and social media platforms to provide important Covid-19 information through multimedia educational campaigns produced by our youth. Transforming our arts facility into a Vaccine Clinic in order to meet community needs. 

Veronica Robles Cultural Center is Supported by New England Foundation for Veronica Robles Cultural Center (VROCC) is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund, an initiative of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with major funding from the federal CARES Act from the National Endowment for the Arts. the Arts and City of Boston & Boston Foundation BIPOC arts relief initiative, with support from the Barr Foundation.


Conozca a Andrea Amador en celebración al mes de la herencia Hispana – Latina.

Andrea Amador nació y se crió en East Boston, Estado de Massachusetts, Estados Unidos; nacida de madre colombiana y padre hondureño Andrea creció en un vecindario de inmigrantes italianos, esta cultura influyó en su apreciación a la diversidad. “Mi familia hizo un gran esfuerzo para recordarnos nuestras raíces, el gusto por nuestra comida, música y las artes latinas. Además, estar rodeado de panaderías y tiendas que aún eran artesanales me dio una forma de apreciar el trabajo hecho a mano”. Nos comenta Andrea.

Las artes en general incluyendo la artesanía estuvieron presentes y fueron parte esencial de su desarrollo tanto en casa, como en campamentos de verano y en la escuela. Ya como adulta, Andrea continuó fomentando su amor por el arte y la cultura y las habilidades y destrezas que fue desarrollando durante su crecimiento las aplicó también a su carrera profesional como chef. Durante los últimos 12 años, Andrea ha trabajado tanto en restaurantes de alta cocina, así como también en cocinas corporativas y, ayudando a emprendedores a administrar pequeños cafés. 

Andrea había contemplado algunas ideas acerca de crear su propio negocio , pero aunque parezca extraño el modelo de negocio que ella estaba deseando no estaba relacionado con la industria culinaria. Andrea desarrolló un gusto especial por la Marroquinería, la cual le trae una enorme satisfacción. Comenzó como un pasatiempo haciendo una nueva billetera y en poco tiempo desarrolló las habilidades para diseñar y crear estos productos hechos a mano. 

“Siento la misma satisfacción que cuando creó platos de comida en el restaurante. Trabajar creando accesorios echos de cuero ha sido otra salida creativa para mi”. Nos cuenta Andrea. 

Andrea siente un gran orgullo por haber logrado crear su propia marca de accesorios hechos de cuero artesanal, esto ha sido una bendición y está agradecida con su familia y amigos que la apoyan en este negocio. También el apoyo de la comunidad y clientes comprando sus productos significa mucho para ella. 

Antes del movimiento industrial, la artesanía en cuero era una habilidad que todos los pueblos necesitaban; ahora aprendo el oficio muy humildemente y mi meta con la marca “Amador Leather Goods” es pasar esta forma de arte a futuras generaciones e inspirar un movimiento para retomar este oficio. Ser propietario de una pequeña empresa local ayuda a que nuestras familias y ciudades sigan funcionando.