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Fernandito Ferrer comes to the Northeast

photo by F. Javier Gil

photo by F. Javier Gil

Puerto Rican Singer Songwriter Fernandito Ferrer comes to the northeast in his annual run through the region starting in Boston on Friday, April 18 followed by a stop in Hartford and on to points south. Go here for more information

‘Juan sin seso’ remix

In 2012, the Center Without Walls presented a summer outdoor film series showcasing the incredible films of the 40′s and 50s created by Puerto Rico’s DIVEDCO (División de Educación de la Communidad) [Division of Community Education]. One of the films featured was a 16 minute short written by Luis Maisonet and screenplay by René Marqués named “Juan sin seso.”

The incredible people at Rojo Chiringa has contemporary-ized the tale of a mountain simpleton overwhelmed with technology into a 21st century tale called ‘Brainless Juan – Santurce es Ley 4′

Brainless Juan – Santurce es Ley 4 from Rojo Chiringa on Vimeo.

 

Starting 2014 with Education

Since our inception, the Center Without Walls has used the arts to spark a conversation about the world around us. We are starting 2014 by collaborating with our friends over at The Democracy Center in Cambridge using posters created by the incredible people at The Beehive Collective in Maine.

The Beehive Collective’s newest graphic design project centered on globalization in the America’s. The poster called MesoAmérica Resiste focuses on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities. This is very timely as January 1, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the start of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

¡MeroAmérica Resiste!The Center Without Walls is donating an initial batch of posters to educators and community groups in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico to help spread the the message of this incredible work. The Beehive Collective does an awesome job of getting curriculum information to people here.

If you are an educator or with a community group that would like a copy of the poster, feel free to reach out to us. If you want to go one step further and have Behive peeps come to your community to lead a workshop on the MesoAmérica poster, check them out here.

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What happened next was astounding…

Mijo de la Palma just finished a concert at Harvard’s Holden Chapel and retired to the parlor at the Phillips Brooks House for a late, late dinner. They learned that the parlor they were in was the same space where Puerto Rican Nationalist leader Pedro Albizu Campos chaired Harvard’s Cosmopolitan Club in the early ’20s. As that settled in, and with the permission of the late working PBHA students, they decided to sing a couple songs, unplugged, in the spirit of Don Pedro Albizu Campos.