News‎ > ‎

Arte de La Borinqueña Exhibit (Hurricane Irma Relief Effort for Puerto Rico)

posted Sep 10, 2017, 6:10 PM by Vu Nguyen

LA BORINQUENA #2 (Aug 2017)
Somos Arte LLC
Hurricane Irma Relief Effort for Puerto Rico.

Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is proud to present Arte de La Borinqueña by writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez on view October 4, 2017 to January 6, 2018, which is Three Kings Day. Come meet the graphic novelist at the opening reception on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6-8pm at Casita Maria Gallery with DJ Smoke L.E.S. Wednesdays are auspicious days for collectors as they serve as a release date for new comic books and this particular day is the eve of pop culture convention the New York Comic Con. For his solo show, Miranda Rodriguez will be exhibiting over 30 giclée La Borinqueña limited prints, each created by a different professional comic book and animation artist. Prints will be signed and numbered with printing generously donated by London-based gallery: Art You Grew Up With International.

We invite avid collectors and newcomers to the scene to pre-game for Comic Con and to purchase affordable prints at $200 a piece (shipping and handling not included). Purchases are tax-deductible and all proceeds the Hurrican Irma Relief Effort. In addition to the fundraiser, Miranda Rodriguez will be exhibiting original artwork from La Borinqueña comic book, work from his recent exhibition at the Smithsonian plus videos from previous work with Casita Maria will be screened. Community engagement activities include presenting his work to 380 Casita Maria Youth in a series of short talks during after school program hours on Friday, October 27, 2017 and an artist talk for the public
will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 6pm.

Miranda Rodriguez’s work is about inspiring Puerto Ricans from throughout the Diaspora to Puerto Rico. With 184 public schools having closed due to the debt crisis in Puerto Rico and the South Bronx being the poorest Congressional District in New York, proceeds will be used to purchase art supplies and materials so that the young people at both locations can create art to inspire each other and remind themselves that they are heroes, with or without capes.

Quote- Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez

“We look up to heroes. Our parents, our teachers, our leaders. Not all of our heroes wear capes. We’re living under difficult times here in the United States and on the island of Puerto Rico. With a debt of close to $120 billion, Puerto Rico is facing dire humanitarian issues. Children are suffering. Throughout the Puerto Rican diaspora, Puerto Ricans are also living under difficult conditions. In the South Bronx one out of two residents lives in poverty and has some of the highest rates of asthma in the United States. I thought to myself, we need inspiration. Something, someone that can remind us all of our innate super power. The power to lift one another and give our communities a hero. La Borinqueña is a comic book that is inspired by the Puerto Rican people who historically have never given up under all adversity we have and continue to face. Via this art exhibition we will celebrate Puerto Rican heritage and the power of our people.”

For more information: contact Luis Pagan, Marketing & Media Manager at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education or visit Casita Maria’s website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages: @CasitaMariaBX #LaBorinqueña #NYCC

Casita Maria Gallery, 928 Simpson St, 6 fl
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10AM- 6PM / 718-589-2230

About the Artist

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez is the writer and creator of the critically acclaimed and best-selling graphic novel La Borinqueña which he self-published under his own studio, Somos Arte. Edgardo's debut as a writer for Marvel has been received with critical acclaim similar to his initial work with Marvel as curator of two exhibitions Santerians: The Art of Joe Quesada and Marvelous Color. Via Somos Arte, he has a client roster that includes Marvel, Atlantic Records, Columbia University, and various Latino non-profits like ASPIRA of New York, El Puente and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Edgardo was the Artistic Director of Pa'lante Siempre Pa'lante, part of the acclaimed PBS POV Documentary Series which received the Silver Apple Award from the National Media Alliance. He is also co-founder of the graphic novel publishing company Darryl Makes Comics with his business partner, Darryl DMC McDaniels.

CASITA MARIA CENTER FOR ARTS & EDUCATION is the oldest Latino charity in NYC, founded in 1934. The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.