To provide the history of Latin music known as “salsa” that rose from the streets of New York to global acceptance and popularity. To provide workshops, guided tours, musical events, literary, art and musical presentations on the history, creation, artists and community that together created a New York music genre known as “salsa.”
The Spanish Harlem Salsa Gallery a non-profit 501(c)3 cultural institution committed to providing residents of East Harlem and surrounding communities with structured, scholarly, cultural programming, information, resources, and learning initiatives.
As inclusive and diverse as the salsa music represented within these walls, the Gallery provides a community-friendly, accessible, and arts education-centered space. As a strategic community partner, we provide a cultural resource for the surrounding museums and institutions on Museum Mile as well as the many community based organizations serving East Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens as well as other regions, as well as tourists visiting New York, that have expressed interest in knowing the roots of salsa.
Underserved communities such as seniors, teens, homeless, mentally challenged, LGBT, and others will find the Gallery a sanctuary of cultural history and a repository for information on salsa music and its artists.
The Gallery is an educational and community/cultural partner in the propagation of Latin music and culture through the New York phenomenon known as salsa. Through our affiliations with Public Access, major mainstream New York media as well as international outlets such as Univision and Telemundo, we intend to create a multi-media space representing the more than 100 years of Latin music in New York. Our vision is to create partnerships that extend across the globe where scholars, musicians, educators, presenters and business associates can unite and create a world class space providing cogent and valuable information to all who pass its doors.
The SPAHA Gallery preserves and highlights the historical growth of the musical genre know as “salsa” for future generations. Much like museums, the Spaha Gallery showcases the rich and diverse history of the music from is African Diaspora to its development in the Caribbean to its spotlight in New York.
The SPAHA Gallery proposes to expose, exhibit and otherwise present the various contributions of this music and its artists in consistent presentations to attract local traffic from the community, from the various community based organizations, senior centers, youth organizations and tourists visiting the City. The presentations will be recorded for documentation and where appropriate and with proper release documentation, made available for the public. Because there are no Galleries of this kind in the community, we are attracting media attention from outlets with international reach as the New York Times:
An interactive educational exhibit with rare vinyl recordings, tapes, live radio recordings, interviews, film footage, and photographs;
Expert panels concerning issues of importance to the collector, as well as the effect of collecting on preserving the life of the music (detailed breakdown available);
Informative lecture demonstrations about the hundreds of different rhythms, sounds, and steps that constitute Latin music and dance.
A Collectors’ Flea Market, encouraging the sale and trade of Latin music recordings, photos, books, and other memorabilia;
A concert on the dance floor, with musical presentations by top Latin artists and orchestras produced at various music venues around New York.