Issues: Arts and Culture

March 13, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Senator Serrano Serves as Honorary Chair of The New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Exhibit

Senator José M. Serrano today addressed the New York State Art Teachers Association Legislative Exhibit (NYSATA), which is co-sponsored by the New York State Alliance for the Arts in Education (NYSSAE). Held at the Legislative Well in the Capitol Building in Albany each spring, this exhibit showcases the artistic accomplishments of students from throughout the state, and invites them to celebrate arts education with their legislators.

March 2, 2011

Resolution Honoring the Harlem African Burial Ground

Senator Jose M. Serrano today co-sponsored a Senate Resolution (J629), introduced by Senator Bill Perkins, commemorating Harlem’s Historic African Burial Ground in recognition of Black History Month. The burial ground was located where the MTA’s 126th Street Bus Depot in East Harlem now stands, and occupied a quarter acre lot on the original Elmendorf Dutch Reformed Church grounds on First Avenue between 126th and 127th Streets. Many community leaders fear the historic burial ground might be lost or defiled due to ongoing work expanding the Willils Avenue bridge and a plan to entirely rebuild a bus depot located at that location.

February 28, 2011

Senator Gallivan attending the Gennesee Valley Council on the Arts community grant award presentation

Senator gallivan; Julia Stewart(Grant Winner); Livingston County Historian Amie Alden; Maxine Long; Howard Appell; Assemblyman Hanna

February 25, 2011

Serranos Honor Local Leaders in Celebration of Black History Month

For Immediate Release:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Contact: Damaris Olivo |(212) 828-5829 |

Bronx, NY -- State Senator José M. Serrano and Congressman José E. Serrano today honored outstanding local leaders in their annual celebration of Black History Month.

February 25, 2011

Committee Meeting: Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Senator Elizabeth O'C. Little, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Room 309 LOB

March 1, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Senator Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito Celebrate Black History Month in East Harlem

Senator Jose M. Serrano and Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito celebrated Black History month in East Harlem on February 22nd. The program honored two outstanding African American members of the community: Ethel Velez, a lifelong resident of East Harlem, President and Chair of the North Council of Presidents (MNCOP), and President of James Weldon Johnson Tenants Association; and Carmen Villegas, Community Activist and Organizer for Our Lady Queen of Angels Church, and Advisor to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the U.S..

February 22, 2011

Senator Gustavo Rivera Celebrates Dominican Heritage Month

New York, NY – Senator Gustavo Rivera released the following statement today in recognition of Dominican Heritage Month:

“I am excited and honored to join with my fellow Bronxites in celebrating and acknowledging Dominican Heritage Month. The Dominican-American community is a vibrant and important part of the fabric of New York City and New York State.

February 15, 2011

Jackson Heights community celebrates prophet's birthday

Times Ledger

Elected officials and imams join neighborhood to honor Muhammad, who was born around 570 A.D.

About 60 religious leaders, legislators and residents gathered at a mosque and a restaurant on 72nd Street in Jackson Heights Saturday for an interfaith celebration of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. Run by anti-terrorist Imam Mohd Qayyoom, the event drew speakers and worshipers who spoke out for harmony between all religions and peace. 

“All faith has one goal of peace,” Qayyoom said. 

February 14, 2011

Senator Martins Celebrates Lunar New Year at Herricks High School

Senator Jack M. Martins joined close to 1,000 members of the Herricks community Saturday at the 10th anniversary of the Herricks Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by the Asian American Cultural Club and the Chinese American Association of North Hempstead.

The gathering featured food, entertainment, singing, wushu, arts and crafts, Chinese Checker tournaments and the Lion Dance. Senator Martins was invited to give opening remarks during the program and wished the community “Gong Xi, Gong Xi” or “Happy New Year!”

February 14, 2011

Voces De La Diaspora Dominicana En Queens 2011

Centro Cultural Hispano/Latino De NY Conjuntamente con el Senator Jose Peratla del Estado de Nueva York

Celebrando El Mes De La Herencia Dominicana


Voces De La Diaspora Dominicana En Queens 2011

Entrada Gratis

Escritores Participantes:

Joan Encarnacion
Karina Reyke
Rosana Mendez
Modesto Galan
Katherine Mejia
Osiris Mosquea
Juan Cerda
Miguel Valerio

Tren hasta 103 St en Corona Plaza.  Luego caminar hasta la 104 St.

Informacion:  Contactar a Yrene Santos y Jose de la Rosa 347-520-8811


February 25, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Celebration of Dominican Heritage Month 2011

Please join us to celebrate the 167th Anniversary of the Independence of the Dominican Republic through traditional Dominican folk music and dance.

FREE.  Please RSVP by calling 718-286-0915. 

Sponsored by:

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall
Senator Jose Peralta
Councilmember Julissa Ferreras
Dominican Culture & Heritage Month Organizing Committee 

Flyer in English

Flyer in Spanish 

February 17, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Senator Zeldin Recognizes Sayville High School Student Kiona Bustamante

Sayville, NY- Senator Lee M. Zeldin (R, C, I- Shirley) awarded a New York State Senate Certificate of Recognition to Kiona Bustamante from Sayville High School for winning the statewide Youth Art Contest. Her winning flag design will represent New York State in Washington, DC and at the next National Art Education Association Convention in Seattle, Washington in March.

February 14, 2011
February 11, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Forum/Town Hall: A Celebration of Black History and Heritage

Please join Senator Jose Peralta for an evening honoring African American political leaders and community stars. 

Guests of Honor: 

-Bill Thompson (Keynote Speaker), Chairman of Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority, Former Comptroller of NYC and Democratic Nominee for Mayor of NYC 

-Helen Marshall, Queens Borough President 

-Lynda McDougald, President of East Elmhurst Corona Civic Association

Please print and post the flyer in your neighborhood.

February 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Resolution Honoring Howard Dodson

On January 31, 2011 the New York Senate adopted a resolution honoring Howard Dodson, upon the occasion of his designation for special recognition by the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

February 8, 2011

Senator Serrano and Senator Krueger Co-Sponsor Forum "Connecting in the Arts"

Senators José M. Serrano and Liz Krueger, along with El Repertorio Español, co-sponsored a free arts forum, which explored innovative systems that can maximize the connections between those working in the arts and their audiences.A panel of experts presented cutting edge techniques, tips and case studies in the areas of branding, social networking and event planning. The panel discussed how all of these areas have concrete applications in the day-to-day work of artists and arts organizations, both large and small.

January 28, 2011
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