November 23, 30, and December 7, 2020
Where Art Meets Green in the South Bronx!
Special HOLIDAY ENCORE REELS episode airs December 21st!
We’re bringing SUMMER back and kicking off the holidays—Boogie Down style!
Stage Garden Rumba —Where Art meets Green in the South Bronx— goes digital for three sizzling Monday nights in November-December!
Presented in partnership with We Stay/Nos Quedamos since 2018, Stage Garden Rumba is an open invitation for all New Yorkers to experience the cultural riches, green spaces, and vibrant Casitas of the South Bronx! Our 2020 digital series documents four pop-up performances with some of our favorite ARTISTS, ACTIVISTS, and COMMUNITY LEADERS. Hyperlocal and universal, their shared message is one of rootedness, celebration, and collective uplift.
“Stage Garden Rumba 2020 is a South Bronx tribute to all of New York City, in grateful acknowledgment of the ancestral Munsee Lenape and Wappinger lands where we are privileged to live and create,” says Jorge B. Merced, Associate Artistic Director. “We assembled an epic crew, donned our face masks on, and showed up in full creative force! Our gardens are as glorious as ever. Even during pandemic, the care has poured out from the hands and hearts of community members, ensuring plentiful harvests. That’s a formidable accomplishment, and enough to get us dancing and singing again this year.”
The four locations for 2020’s physically distanced flash festivals were: Rainbow Garden of Life and Health on Melrose Avenue at E 157 Street; Brook Park on Brook Avenue and E 141 Street; Sunshine Garden on Bryant Avenue at E 174 Street; and Rincón Criollo / Casita de Chema on Brook Avenue at E 157 Street. While events were unannouced and unamplified to avoid crowding, neighbors clustered safely on sidewalks and leaned out of windows with shouts of gratitude and applause.
Live interventions by more than 30 theater, music, dance, literary, and social change champs were captured on film and edited into 3 must-see 30-minute programs to be broadcast on Pregones/PRTT’s social platforms and public access cable network of BronxNet Community Television.
Where To Watch:
SGR 2020 streams on Mondays at 7:30 PM Eastern Time.
—Cable: 69 Optimum
—Cable: 2135 FIOS
Special thanks to our filming partners at DominiRican Productions. All pop-up performances filmed on-site in October 2020.
Series Producers: Jorge B. Merced and Jessica Moya
Guest Curators: Urayoán Noel and Edwin Pagán
Graphic Designer: Jeison Rivera
STAGE GARDEN RUMBA is two-time winner of The Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund. Key support provided by Con Edison. Special Holiday Encore Reels sponsor: BronxCare Health System. All photos property or courtesy of the artists. This FREE arts program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. For full list of our funders, visit www.pregonesprtt.org.