Shinnecock native Matauqus Tarrant leads Ross School students in a dance during the Shinnecock Green Corn Festival that was held on the grounds of the Ross Lower School on Wednesday, 6/17/15

Learning the Ways of the Shinnecock Nation

Culture, Education, Long Island, Native American July 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Members of the Shinnecock Nation on Long Island guided students in learning about Native American culture, The Sag Harbor Express reports.

(Photo by Katarina Hybenova via Bushwick Daily)

Wall Art vs. Billboards in Bushwick

Brooklyn, Culture July 1, 2015 at 3:31 pm

More and more billboards are popping up on walls where the Bushwick Collective’s art has appeared, Bushwick Daily reports.

A ‘World of Dance’ in Brighton Beach

A ‘World of Dance’ in Brighton Beach

Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts, Youth June 24, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Children performed dances from different cultures at the Brighton Ballet Theater’s annual World of Dance Festival.

A scene from "Sueño: A Latino Take on Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream.'"(Photo by Carlos Rodríguez Martorell for Voices of NY)

More Than a ‘Dream’ on the Lower East Side

Culture, Featured Posts, Latino, Manhattan June 23, 2015 at 3:36 pm

“Sueño: A Latino Take on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream'” is performed outdoors in the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center’s parking lot.

BreakBeat Poetry: Letting ‘the Local Live Universally’

BreakBeat Poetry: Letting ‘the Local Live Universally’

Culture, Featured Posts, New York June 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

A new anthology gathers the work of the hip hop poets, some of whom offered their work at a recent reading.

"Intricate masterpieces" by Renee Salud (Photo via The FilAm)

Runway Show to Spotlight Philippine Indigenous Fabrics

Culture, Metro Area, Southeast Asian June 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Tataksaludnyc 2015, Filipino designer Renee Salud’s upcoming show in New Jersey, will present collections that feature indigenous fabrics from the Philippines, and “culturally hip” Filipiniana terno gowns, reports The FilAm.

Plaza Cultural, in the Lower East Side, has changed along with the neighborhood's residents. (Photo by Marcela Alvarez via El Diario)

Community Gardens: A Puerto Rican Legacy

Culture, Environment, Puerto Rican June 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Lower East Side lots rescued decades ago by Puerto Rican artists and activists continue to exist as spaces for the community, El Diario reports.

Amir Vahab (Image taken from video by Ken Aragaki)

A Music Teacher in Tune with His Persian Roots

Culture, New York June 18, 2015 at 4:38 pm

In a NYCity News Service video, Amir Vahab spreads Persian culture and music in New York through his classes at the Tanbour Institute and his almost weekly concerts.

Class held at a Gorsky Jewish primary school in Quba, Azerbaijan in the early 1920s. (Photo via the Jewish Encyclopedia in Russian on the Web)

Preserving Language and Traditions via Theater

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Jewish June 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm

The language and heritage of the Gorsky Jews from the Caucasus were on display recently as a Gorsky theater group participated in a festival in Brighton Beach, Russkaya Reklama reports.

"Bonjour Monseiur Chagall" (Photo courtesy of The Ester Rokhl and Ida Kaminska Jewish Theatre/Warsaw, Poland)

An International Festival of Yiddish Arts in NYC

Culture, Jewish, New York June 15, 2015 at 4:58 pm

National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, celebrating its centennial, is sponsoring KulturfestNYC, a series of music, dance, theater and film performances around NYC this week, The Jewish Week reports.

screen shot from Portugal in soho video by melissa rose cooper

‘Portugal in SoHo’

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Western European June 12, 2015 at 1:35 pm

Many immigrants from Portugal settled in SoHo. To celebrate Portugal Day, the Arte Institute held festivities in SoHo Square on June 6.

The entrance to Queens Theatre in Flushing Park and its director, Taryn Sacramone. (Photos via Queens Latino)

Opinion: An End to Latino Artistic Expression in Queens

Culture, Latino, Opinion, Queens June 11, 2015 at 4:32 pm

In an opinion piece, Javier Castaño of Queens Latino mourns the loss of the Latino Cultural Festival, which comes at a time when city officials say they want to encourage cultural activities in city neighborhoods.

Artist Adrian Roman (Photo by Dorian Geiger for Voices of NY)

Behind the Mask: Artists Explore Puerto Rico’s Afro-Latino Heritage

African, Culture, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican, Traditions June 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Puerto Rican artists explore the history and mythology of vejigante masks.

The Polish flag is being hoisted up the mast. The Polish ethnic group was most numerously represented at the park dedication ceremony. (Photo by Janusz M. Szlechta via Nowy Dziennik)

NJ Town’s Diversity Reflected in International Park

Culture, Metro Area June 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm

International Park in Perth Amboy recognizes the diverse ethnic groups of the New Jersey town, including the Polish community, which had the largest turnout at the recent dedication ceremony, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Sunset Park residents who attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan (pictured above) will be able to continue celebrating in their own neighborhood this year. (Photo by Rian Castillo, Creative Commons license)

Decades Later, Puerto Rican Parade Returns to Sunset Park

Brooklyn, Culture, Puerto Rican June 4, 2015 at 3:55 pm

Sunset Park’s Puerto Rican Day Parade returns to the Brooklyn neighborhood and will be held after the one in Manhattan. According to Home Reporter, securing the permit did not prove easy for community group El Grito de Sunset Park.