50 years ago the Norris Square Neighborhood Project was created with a mission to “..unite and inspire youth and families using the strengths of our community: shared cultural wisdom, creative energies, and environmental spaces and experiences.” Now after a half a century of doing just that, this grass roots organization will commemorate their years of service as well as the neighborhood with a special Jíbaro Festival on Saturday July 22nd from 4-8 pm in Norris Square.
This festival is will be a tribute to the rich culture of Puerto Rico, specifically the Jíbaro traditions “deeply rooted in family, community, connection to the land, and tradition – that h reflect the values that NSNP holds dear,” organizers state.
Guests will be treated to traditions, including music, dance, food, and craft. Live performances include dance by Grupo Alegría and music by Raíces Boricua. Workshops by Pique – Don Angel (local community elder) with Clay Pendant crafts by Nitza Walesca Sierra and of course plenty of traditional Puerto Rican food and drinks will be served.
“At NSNP, we believe in creating a sense of belonging through young people, land, and culture. The Festival Jíbaro aligns perfectly with our mission by showcasing the Puerto Rican culture’s beauty and bringing people together in a spirit of celebration,” NSNP adds.