Community Works’ Latin Roots: Williamsburg

March 8 - April 6, 2008

Reception March 8, 4-6 PM

Latin Roots: Williamsburg is made possible with support from Citibank.

Latin Works display

Latin Roots: Williamsburg is an intergenerational living-history education program and multimedia public art exhibition which celebrates the vibrant culture and distinct history of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It honors four local heroes through the lens of local public school students and includes a first-ever pictorial timeline on the neighborhoods’ history over the past 100 years.

Latin Roots: Williamsburg honors:

Luis Garden Acosta, Founder and President, El Puente—Inspiring and Nurturing Leadership for Peace and Justice

Frances Lucerna, Executive Director, El Puente—Inspiring and Nurturing Leadership for Peace and Justice

David Pagan, Executive Director, Los Sures Community Development Co., Inc.

Council Member Diana Reyna—Representing the 34th District since 2001

The stories of these local legends are told by students at PS 318 in Williamsburg and students of the Manhattan Borough President’s Student History Interns.

Latin Roots: Williamsburg is being developed by Community Works with supporting resources from Brooklyn organizations, including Brooklyn Historical Society and Brooklyn Public Library. Program activities began in December 2006 and will continue through 2008.

Latin Roots: Williamsburg kicked off its citywide exhibit tour and public program series on September 25, 2007 with a gala premiere at Long Island University’s Kumble Theater in downtown Brooklyn. This event featured performances by leading Latino arts groups in Brooklyn and a special tribute to exhibit honorees by young people who interviewed and documented these local legends. It gathered residents from across the city in celebration of Williamsburg’s rich Latino heritage.

Latin Roots: Williamsburg is a part of Community Works’ larger Latin Roots series. Through exhibitions, music, dance, spoken word and more, Latin Roots celebrates New York City neighborhoods rich in Latino culture and the individuals who give these neighborhoods life. The first four in the series are East Harlem, South Bronx, Washington Heights/Inwood and Jackson Heights/Corona.

Community Works is a leading nonprofit arts and education organization in New York City with the mission to build bridges between diverse cultures and neighborhoods, sharing the stories of local communities, and extending the arts to all people. Founded in 1990, the organization currently serves over 350,000 people each year through exhibitions, performances and workshops.