Celebrate Women’s History Month at an evening of storytelling, poetry and music inspired by the Bronx and the works of art on view at the Bronx Museum. Make your voice heard in our open mic!
Hosted by Maria Aponte and featuring visual artist Francheska Alcantara, poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado, and storyteller Robin Bady.
Free admission and cash bar
Launched in December of 2011, Bronx Stories aims to challenge stereotypes about the Bronx and provide a platform for voices from the community while encouraging deeper engagement with the arts. Each event features 3-4 professional or amateur storytellers telling a story related to a specific artwork on view at the Museum. The most successful stories have been those drawn from the storyteller's experience in the Bronx. The event culminates with an open-mic portion during which audience members perform their own short stories, poems, or songs. We encourage folks from all backgrounds to share their stories - whether your family has been in the Bronx for generations or a new comer.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Francheska Alcantara is a multidisciplinary artist whose work aims to (re)create narratives of fragmentation and longing. She’s informed by childhood memories, sexuality and daily life. Alcantara has exhibited and performed work in the U.S. and abroad at venues such as The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Queens Museum, La Mama Theater, Framer Framed, Grace Exhibition Space, and Panoply Performance Laboratory. She is a graduate of Hunter College and Old Dominion University. Francheska lives in The Bronx, NY. Find out more at www.francheskaalcantara.com
Award winning storyteller Robin Bady performs and teaches nationally and internationally. She hosts the monthly series, BADYHouse Storytelling Concerts, in her home in Brooklyn, and curates the Governor’s Island Storytelling Festival. Robinbady.com, Badyhousestorytellingconcert.com
Peggy Robles-Alvarado is a 2016 BCA and Spaceworks grant recipient, 2014 BRIO performance poet award winner, CantoMundo Fellow and a two time International Latino Book Award winner. She is the author of Conversations With My Skin, Homenaje A Las Guerreras and The Abuela Stories Project. Peggy is a tenured NYC educator who began her fourth degree, an MFA in Performance Studies, at Pratt Institute during Fall of 2016. To learn more about Peggy and upcoming projects please visit robleswrites.com.
ABOUT THE HOST
MARIA APONTE is a Poet/Performance Artist/ Community Arts Activist/Educator. She has been featured on Bronx Net, News 12, NBC Latino and WABC-TV. She is a recipient of a 2013 International Latino Book Award for Transitions of a Nuyorican Cinderella which is also listed on RockThoseReads selected books about Harlem by Total Equity Now. In April 2016 Maria published her second book, The Gift of Loss, her memoir about dealing with the loss of her parents as a young teenager/adult and the healing process from that loss. Maria has her Masters in Latin American/Latino Studies from Fordham University and is the Diversity Initiatives Coordinator/Career Counselor in Career Services at Fordham University. Maria is the founder and President of Latina 50 Plus™ a nonprofit program honoring Latina Pioneers. On June 28, 2016, Maria was selected by the Bronx Times as one of 25 Bronx Influential Women. Maria was recently honored as one of the Madrinas for El Mueso del Barrio’s 40th Annual Three Kings Day Parade on January 6th, 2017 for her work in Latino Arts for women, and diversity programming at Fordham University.