by Caroline Catchpole, Culture In Transit Digitization Specialist
We are delighted to announce the publication of the fourth collection to be digitized as part of our John S. and James L. Knight Foundation funded project, Culture in Transit.
The Hostos Arts & Culture Culture Collection, from the Hostos Community College Archives and Special Collections, is a compilation of 101 promotional cards from the Hostos Center for Arts & Culture featuring original artwork that document musical and theatrical performances, gallery exhibitions, and art installations that have taken place at the College.
Since its inaugural season in 1982/83, the Hostos Center has presented renowned visual and performing artists as well as local professional artists. Numerous festivals and concert series showcasing the cultural traditions of the communities served have been a featured tradition of the Hostos Center. In addition, every season includes annual observances of Kwanzaa, Puerto Rican Heritage Month, Dominican History Month, Black History Month, and Women’s History Month.
While aesthetically pleasing, the collection also reflects the Center’s place in the community as an entertainment venue and the importance Hostos Community College places on education through arts and culture. There is a strong African and Latin American theme running through the Center’s programming, reflecting not only the College’s roots but also the diversity and roots of the local community. There is also a strong appreciation and celebration of local artists represented in the collection.
We’re very pleased to be adding this collection to METRO’s Digital Culture site. These promotional cards have become collector’s items to the local community - posters based on the cards are featured on the walls of Hostos Community College. Others grace the homes of countless Hostos family members, community residents and Bronx institutions. They immortalize the amazing history, breadth, and scope of the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture. These materials, so important to their local community, will now reach far wider communities through Digital Culture and Digital Public Library of America.
Culture in Transit is made possible by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.