La Casita Reopens to Celebrate 10th Anniversary La Casita Reopens to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

By Brandon Mintz SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)With Hispanic Heritage month kicking off, La Casita has re-opened after a year and a half of closure due to COVID-19. 

La Casita is an arts and sciences program that serves as a cultural bridge between the Hispanic communities of SU students, staff, faculty and the Latino communities of Syracuse. This is their 10th year of offering the Syracuse community an opportunity to engage in a lively multicultural setting where they can experience many academic areas. 

According to Executive Director Tere Paniagua, for this significant milestone, they have some big things planned.

“This September 18th at 6:00 PM we have out opening event,” Paniagua said.

They are also debuting a new exhibit called Corazón del Barrio or Heart of the Community. With this they hope to pay tribute to those who have been there from the beginning.

“We feel that we wanted to honor, this is about people, this is about the people who’ve contributed who’ve participated who’ve been with us through this 10 year journey,” Paniagua said.

La Casita is making sure to take precautions with the pandemic still present. On top of requiring proof of vaccination they are changing the way people can view their programming  

“Limited admission and then the program is also going to be accessible online through zoom,” Paniagua said

Digital Archive and Collections Creator Zvipozvashe Ngweny believes that La Casita makes a real impact.

“So I really like they way they engage with community, they give them a chance to express their stories,” Ngweny said.

This program is an outlet for underrepresented populations to feel like the stars of the show.

La Casita opening back up to the Syracuse community is just another example of us trying to move past this pandemic.

For more information on La Casita and their upcoming events click here.

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