We work with a cadre of seasoned teaching artists who are committed to both youth and their own artistic career. We are unique amongst New York City’s many excellent arts education programs in that we specialize in placing traditional and folk artists in schools to share their expertise with students and teachers. We also collaborate with contemporary artists whose own artwork explores the themes of community, identity, and history.
Guillermo Guerrerowas inspired to form the Andean folk music group, Tahuantinsuyo (which in Quechua, the Inca language, means “the four parts of the world”), dedicated to the research and performance of traditional music from the Andean countries that once formed the Inca Empire.
The youngest daughter of Los Pleneros de la 21’s founder, Julia Gutiérrez-Rivera grew up dancing and watching bomba and plena luminaries, including Eugenia Ramos, Tito Cepeda, Marcial Reyes, and Paco Rivera.