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Resaca


Resaca connects with the audience and dancers through a carefully selected repertoire of masterpieces. Their performances are full of the drive, energy, and passionate flair that tango lovers crave!

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Resaca


Resaca connects with the audience and dancers through a carefully selected repertoire of masterpieces. Their performances are full of the drive, energy, and passionate flair that tango lovers crave!

March

Cafe Con Leche is excited to partner with the Center of Latin American Studies (CLAS) to present Resaca, Cafe Con Leche's Latino Resident Artist for March. 

Resaca is the only ensemble of its type in the greater Pittsburgh's area. The duo provides danceable live music to tango dancers around the country while entertaining and educating new audiences. We are looking forward to seeing Resaca perform at the CLAS Latin American & Caribbean Festival on March 19th at Posvar. You can also see Resaca perform at Cafe Con Leche's Sobremesa dinner on March 12th, to purchase tickets click here. 

You can find out more about Resaca on their website and Facebook page.

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Nicole Olivieri


Drawing. Oil painting. Photography. Print Making.

Nicole Olivieri


Drawing. Oil painting. Photography. Print Making.

APRIL

I am 25 years old, native to the island Puerto Rico and recently moved to the state of Pennsylvania. I have a Bachelor’s degree in art and am currently working on completing a Psychology degree. I have mastered many different styles of art from drawing and oil painting to photography and print making. My artwork is varied, not only in medium, but in theme as well. Most of my pieces have some blend of social and environmental subjects, but in the present time I am enthralled in creating works reminiscent of my beautiful island home.

Gregory Garay


Creative Entrepreneur. Emerging Artist. Digital & Traditional Art.

Gregory Garay


Creative Entrepreneur. Emerging Artist. Digital & Traditional Art.

April & May

I’m a creative entrepreneur seeking to highlight the gaps and connections between people, objects of the past and the many thoughts shared between the two. I was born in Brooklyn, raised in The Bronx, and transplanted to Pittsburgh.

As an emerging artist, my digital and traditional paintings recreate the amalgamation of thought. They define the moments of compiling ideals and the burst of memories from life experiences. My works bridge the gaps between these elements into comprehensive imagery.

The items i produce are digital and traditional paintings, and illustrations for comic books and children’s books.

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Jason Mendez


Educator. Author. Interdisciplinary Theater Artist. Father.

Jason Mendez


Educator. Author. Interdisciplinary Theater Artist. Father.

may

Dr. Jason Mendez is an educator, author, interdisciplinary theater artist, and father of 3. He received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interests include urban education, critical race studies, cultural studies, arts as social justice, Boricua identities, and South Bronx culture and history. As a South Bronx Puerto Rican writer focusing on lived experience, notions of home, and the power of voice, his work critically reflects a common struggle with identity construction and the process of becoming. Currently, He is working on a memoir titled, The Search for the Golden Glow, which vividly details his coming of age as a Puerto Rican kid from the South Bronx.

Check out Jason's website, Sons of the Boogie and this great article of him in 1839 Magazine

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Hoesy Corona


Multidisciplinary Artist. Unapologetically colorful. Sculptural. Performance Based.

Hoesy Corona


Multidisciplinary Artist. Unapologetically colorful. Sculptural. Performance Based.

May

Hoesy Corona is a multidisciplinary artist and founding co-director of Labbodies, a performance art laboratory in Baltimore Maryland. Corona’s unapologetically colorful, sculptural and performance based works have been deeply influenced by his queer immigrant experience in the United States. Additionally, formative encounters with racism, discrimination, xenophobia and otherness have shaped the ways in which Corona creatively interprets the contemporary world around him, in new and compelling ways. His work has appeared at The Baltimore Museum of Art, VisArts, Washington Project for the Arts, and The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival among others.

www.hoesycorona.com | @hoesycorona

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Elizabeth Barreto Ortiz


Murals. Community. Cultural Encounters.

Elizabeth Barreto Ortiz


Murals. Community. Cultural Encounters.

JUne

Elizabeth Barreto was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. In 2005, she began undergraduate studies at the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico in San Juan, the country’s public and most prestigious academy of arts. By June 2010 she received her BFA title in visual arts majoring in painting. Influenced by the local street art and Puerto Rico's popular culture, Barreto specializes her bachelor's degree thesis in the proliferation of new forms of muralism in the community of Puerta de Tierra in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Barreto often questions herself about the roles of being an artist in today’s society and this is presented through her artwork. Her professional experience as an art educator promoting art as a learning tool has allowed the artist to design cultural experiences for her students. Working with children and teenagers from under privileged communities in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic has given the artist the opportunity to explore and reflect on their individual and social values and the necessities that they endure. The results of this research turns into the necessity to create an imagery of the artist's relations with individual and collective struggles of the Puerto Rican society in the midst of a social economical crisis.

Artist’s inspirations mostly come from the cultural encounters and the shared experiences between her and the communities she has worked with. Also the collaborative work with other local artists.

My work’s content has a direct relation with self-empowerment, self-study. My self-experience is always the starting point for creation. In a micro perspective, the story is about my egos, but in a macro perspective is partially a reflection about the history of a colony.
— Elizabeth Barreto Ortiz

 

 

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Maggie Negrete


Installations. Illustrations. Prints. Women's history. Fantasy. The Occult.

Maggie Negrete


Installations. Illustrations. Prints. Women's history. Fantasy. The Occult.

July

A SWPA native, I am a feminist artist that adapts my medium in response to the dialogue I wish to create with my audience. My artwork consists of installations, illustrations and prints with themes focused on women's history, fantasy and the occult. Uniting these mediums, my design sense manifests through black and white linework with nods to Gilded Era illustration, the current renaissance of sign painting and is influenced by my heritage of typographers and illustrators. Additionally, I am a Teaching Artist and Arts Administrator, coordinating events for other teaching artists through my position at the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

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Alison Zapata


Pittsburgh-born. Visual Artist. Art Educator. 

Alison Zapata


Pittsburgh-born. Visual Artist. Art Educator. 

July

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Alison Zapata is a Pittsburgh-born, second-generation Mexican-American visual artist and art educator. She works in oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her expertise lies in painting, portraiture, murals, collage, and sign painting. She is the owner/ lead artist of Zapata Studios. She has studied fine art/art education at Carlow University and is currently in the process of obtaining a teaching artist certificate at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She recently exhibited her work with Aqui, the Latino visual arts collective, in the Capitol Building, Education Department and the Vault Gallery at Susquehanna Museum of Art in Harrisburg PA through the invitation of State Representative Leslie Acosta as a part of Latino Heritage month. Her Sea Turtle painting was the featured image for the children’s tents at the Three Rivers Arts festival. She assisted on the mural, Lend Me Your Ears, in East Liberty. Alison has developed engaging arts programming in classrooms throughout Pittsburgh over the past eighteen years. Yearly, she leads several visual art residencies for students, including an Autism Support Classroom. Alison has received art education training through Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Lincoln Center’s Aesthetic Education, and Wolf Trap Institute. She is a resident artist in the Lifetime Arts and the Artists in Education program through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She was awarded participation in the Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Art and Society: Brazil/U.S. Educational Partnership. She has professional experience in educational leadership. She is inspired to make art to build community and start conversations about identity and heritage.

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Boris Balsindes Urquiola


Young. Highly Creative. Multifaceted. Afro-Cuban Artist.

Boris Balsindes Urquiola


Young. Highly Creative. Multifaceted. Afro-Cuban Artist.

August

Boris Balsindes Urquiola is a young highly creative, multifaceted Afro-Cuban artist, experienced in theater, music, photography and film production. He arrived to the United States in October of last year with the dream of sharing his culture and furthering his education in Theater and Africana Studies here. His life experience growing up in Cuba are an integral part of who he is as an artist and producer which blends his multicultural, multilingual, multicolor sounds and visuals into experiences of a Cuba we think we know, into a Cuba he knows very well. His work details the life of a Cuban in a particular neighborhood of Habana, where characters live, work, struggle and celebrate life and the dream for a better future. Food, music, art, and stories are told thru the lens of everyday nuances, with an installation that brings life his home as he wishes to share with his new friends in America. Utilizing mixed media arts, you will feel you are in Habana, just another day….. hoping, dreaming, feeling, that better days will come.