#DancingElotes - Blog 2
Dancing Elotes Week 2
"It's wonderful being able to instigate memories for people that remind them of their home country” - Rosa
The week began on Monday afternoon, where the Dancing Elotes staff and youth gathered at the Veronica Robles Cultural Center to debrief about last Wednesday’s Kickoff Event. We immediately got down to business talking about safety issues, rules, improvements, and the overall schedule. Preparing and executing Dancing Elotes isn’t easy work, but the experience is gratifying.
One of our youth workers from El Salvador, Rosa, said, “It's been years since eating an elote loco. It reminds me of going to all the fairs back home. I would always go for cotton candy and corn”. In fact, we found that many customers felt the same way. “It's wonderful being able to instigate memories for people that remind them of their home country,” said Rosa.
We ended the meeting with plans to meet on Tuesday for prep-work, and some inspiring words from Veronica before she headed for her arm surgery the next day saying, “you are setting an example of how the arts can change your life and still be part of the community, be fun, and be delicious.”
Tuesday’s prep-work included a lot of corn husking and some carpenters work, yet Wednesday still called for a long day beginning at 11:30a.m. We cooked the corn, made signs, and set-up the stand with some help from our friends at Maverick Landing. Thank you to our friends at Red Barn Produce with providing us with this week's corn!
Dancing Elotes has already begun to weave memories among the community, and continues to do so through the arts. This week, we had the pleasure of enjoying spoken word at the Dancing Elotes stand performed by the young Dominican poet and social activist Angel Pena. The published poet through Hispanic Writers week and member of the 825 Boston Slam Poetry team powerfully expressed the struggles of being an introvert in today's society, the United State’s current racial issues, and much more.
In addition, we had community member Tito Lugo perform Bolero flute music that echoed across the market. East Boston community member Warren Burack gravitated to the music and said, "When I hear that music, it just puts tears to my eyes. When I was little my dad use to play that music in the car."
If you are a writer, poet, musician, dancer, artist we are calling YOU to come and share your talent with us. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
See you next week, same place, same time!
This project was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Grant, with funding from The Barr Foundation.