BRAC presents ‘La Bruja’ Performance & Open Mic!

The Cultural Immigrant Initiative in conjunction with The Bronx River Art Center presents:
Friday, May 13th, 2016 
Performance starts at 7PM
at The Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
Bronx and NYC residents are invited to come out to the Bronx Music Heritage Center for a night of wicked spells on the mic! Caridad De La Luz aka “La Bruja” is regarded as one of the world’s greatest poets and spoken word artists. She has traveled the world performing her poetic rhyme skills and has been all over the internet, on television, film, theater and radio. This night she will perform a melting pot of urban, nuyorican, spanglish, comedic, musical, storytelling followed by a Q&A session where the audience can interact and ask her questions in both English and Spanish. Also, because she began her career in 1996 on an open mic, Caridad “La Bruja” will open up the mic to the audience and host an open mic session encouraging artist participation and dialogue creating a space of respectful honesty and poetic fun.


As part of the New York City Council’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative Project, the Bronx River Art Center’s teen students have been working on their own poetry projects on cultural identity, with Teaching Artists Charles George Esperanza and Elenore Elena, along with the mentorship of Bronx artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful. As part of this performance, there will be a slideshow of the teens’ work in progress, addressing the immigrant experience especially in relation to the rapid increase of the immigrant population in the Bronx today. It is a night you do not want to miss!


Come see a 20 year veteran of poetry doing what she does best where she was born, raised and still lives… in El Bronx.


About the Artist:


Caridad De La Luz is a Bronx-born performer known as LA BRUJA. She is considered one of America’s leading spoken word poets.  This year she was named one of the Top 20 Puerto Rican Women Everyone Should Know. In 2014 she was awarded Comité Noviembre’s Puerto Rican


Women Legacy Award, in 2013 The Edgar Allan Poe Award for excellence in writing from The Bronx Historical Society. Honored as A Bronx Living Legend, she was presented with a Citation of Merit from The Bronx Borough President. This Renaissance woman has performed internationally including The Apollo, The Museum of Natural History and the famed Nuyorican Poets Café where she began her career.  NY Times called her “a Juggernaut” after the off-Broadway run of her musical Boogie Rican Blvd. Her acting career has taken her from stage to film: appearing in numerous movies including Bamboozled, Down to the Bone, El Vacilon and Gun Hill Road.  She has crossed over internationally as a recording artist with her debut album “Brujalicious” and “For Witch It Stands”.  Her poetry is featured on Prince Royce’s award-winning album “Phase II” and in Bobby Sanabria’s Grammy-nominated album “Multiverse.”  Well known for her captivating performance on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam, she was featured twice on HBO Latino’s installment of HABLA. She works with youth throughout the country teaching poetry workshops for Sadie Nash, & NYC Mission Society, is a board member of Voices UnBroken and a chartering member of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Delta Chapter at Binghamton University. For more info go to:


Also, our current exhibition at our pop-up gallery at
the Bronx Music Heritage Center,
is on view through June 4th, 2016
at Bronx Music Heritage Center
1303 Louis Nine Blvd
About the Bronx River Art Center:


Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is a culturally diverse, multi-arts, non-profit organization that provides a forum for community, artists, and youth to transform creativity into vision. Our Education, Exhibitions, and Presenting Programs cultivate leadership in an urban environment and stewardship of our natural resource, the Bronx River. For more information visit

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