Bronx– Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. have announced Garifuna Intangible Heritage, an exhibition celebrating the cultural expression of the Garifuna people of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, St Vincent and the Grenadines and the United States. The art gallery exhibition and related public programs comprise the Winter season of ¡CelebrARTE!, Casita Maria’s South Bronx arts and culture series. The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., is proud to sponsor the artists participating in the exhibition.
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education and Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. presents
¡CelebrARTE! Garifuna Intangible Heritage By: Pen Cayetano & Isidra Sabio
Exhibition Dates: Dec. 5, 2019 to Feb. 28, 2020
Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education
928 Simpson Street
Bronx, N.Y. 10459
Exhibition Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, December 5, 2019, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Garifuna Living Legend Pen Cayetano, is a painter, singer, songwriter, percussionist and guitarist. He is the leading cultural revivalist and ambassador for the Garinagu. He is a self-taught painter and musician and mostly inspired by his Garifuna heritage. His art is represented in several museums and public collections. His favorite medium is of oil on canvas with genres of modern art and contemporary realism. (Click here to visit the Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery website)
One of Pen’s unique traits is that he is a self-taught artist. The capacity to learn from within one’s cultural environment accompanied Pen from Belize to Europe and back to Belize. Wherever he has lived, he has been able to take from his surroundings to deepen his understanding of himself as a roving cultural ambassador and to embellish his art. These are the marks of the genius – the true and universal artist.
The world became aware of Pen’s gift in drawing as a pupil in primary school before he reached the age of ten. Within a setting that narrowly emphasized the 3 R’s, his teachers would have merely tolerated such a demand, repeatedly pointing out to him that good grades in reading, writing, and arithmetic would do him better as an adult than spending time on his art. But Pen persisted and did not give up.
Today, as an iconic and internationally acclaimed Belizean Garifuna painter, Pen Cayetano pays tribute to Belize’s heritage through the eyes of a Garifuna man. “The main objective is to keep our Belizean heritage alive,” Belize has a unique heritage…. Our heritage is our strength.” Pen told Amandala Newspaper. He has become one of Belize’s foremost cultural ambassadors.
In 2013 The Governor General of Belize, Sir Collville Young, appointed Pen Cayetano a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his wonderful and numerous contributions to music and art, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Garifuna Intangible Heritage will honor the 18th anniversary of UNESCO’s proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Music, and Dance as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This Heritage consists of the intangible and tangible aspects of the whole body of cultural practices, resources and knowledge systems developed, nurtured and refined by Garifuna people, and that are transmitted from generation to generation as a crucial component of their sense of identity and continuity.
¡CelebrARTE! Garifuna Intangible Heritage By: Pen Cayetano & Isidra Sabio Exhibition Dates: Dec. 5, 2019 to Feb. 28, 2020
The artists will be present at the Exhibition Opening Reception and Artist Talk on Thursday December 5, 2019 from 5:30 – 8 PM
About Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education
Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education – a 501(c)(3) non-profit – creates a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success through shared cultural, art and educational experiences and programs. We are the first and oldest Latino charity in New York, founded in 1934.
About Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc.
Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. advocates for issues that affect the Garifuna community by projecting a united voice. The coalition contributes to the improvement of the social, economic, political and cultural conditions of New York’s Garifuna Community.
About One Book One Bronx
One Book One Bronx is presented by the Literary Freedom Project, which is committed to creating spaces that help leverage the power of books, culture, and education. LFP’s programs value the variety of histories and cultures found in the Bronx and give residents places to build community and explore social engagement.
Casita Maria’s exhibition and public programs are made possible by support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation