VROCC Youth Creative entrepreneurship Summer Project.
Our mission is to use and promote Latin American culture as an engine for stronger community and economic growth and a good example of how we do this is the VROCC Dancing Elotes Experience. This project provides jobs to youth and brings art, culinary traditions and traditional dance to the East Boston Farmers Market every Wednesday. This project allows VROCC to reach a broad spectrum of people, support artists and partner with other community organizations.
This summer 2017 VROCC Elote Bike Cart will be back in business
WHEN: Wednesday from 3 to 6:30 PM
WHERE: East Boston Farmers Market
Lewis Mall 209 Sumner St. behind Maverick Square
ARTIST IN RESIDENCY 2017: Lydia Perez, Puerto Rican Teaching Artist
This part of the project is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Has Tags: #DancingElotes #EloteWednesday #ElotesLocos
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: ABCD Summer Works, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center-Let’s Get Moving Program
About this project
Last year The Veronica Robles Cultural Center launched a new arts-integrated community project called Dancing Elotes. In a collaboration with sculptor Carolyn Lewenberg and with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Cities grant, our artist team worked with local youth to serve elotes from a traditional bike cart that is used on the streets in Mexico and Central America, as a literal and conceptual vehicle for cross-cultural culinary, dance, and sculptural experiences. At public workshops at the farmers market, participants learned La Danza del Permiso (to request permission from mother earth to work the soil) and use the husks and cobs from the elotes to create a large-scale sculpture of traditional Latino dancers. Culminating in the installation of the sculpture and performance of the dance in observance of the Day of the Dead, Dancing Elotes honored the lives of the young victims of street violence.
Wednesdays 2016 by the numbers
Number of Adults we served: 1,830
Number of Older Adults (65 & up): 251
Number of Youth (18 & Under): 563
Audience Total 2,644
In the community 2016
We also participated in other community events, including the Walk for peace, the Zumix Block Party, the Eastie Pride festival at Piers Park, the Neighborhood Of Affordable Housing (NOAH) youth project Salsa night, BuildBPS Open House Showcases Future of Boston Public Schools, The day of the Dead celebration, the Mexican Independence Anniversary among others