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© ENRIQUE GONZALEZ IBARRA, 2006

About Us

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders is a New York-based non-profit organization 501(c)(3) dedicated to celebrating Mexican culture and promoting the understanding of Mexican traditions through arts, culture, humanities, and annual celebrations of holidays (Day of the Dead/Día de Muertos; Christmas/Posadas y Pastorelas), as well as festivals, concerts, performances, processions, installations, and seminars. Mexicans and New York area residents celebrate the richness and diversity of Mexican arts in five key areas: music, dance, visual arts, verbal arts and ritual, and culinary traditions.  

Objectives

  • Produce, promote and present cultural events, including festivals, concerts, performances, processions, installations, and seminars.

  • Design and implement educational workshops and curricula for schools and community groups.

  • Serve as a clearinghouse for information on Mexican culture and community resources for educators, artists, immigrant families, and the general population through direct services and our website.

  • Collaborate with other community, educational and cultural institutions and initiatives through presentations, referrals, and an online calendar.

  • Provide technical and professional assistance to traditional Mexican artists in five key areas: music, dance, visual arts, verbal arts and ritual, and culinary traditions.

History

Founded in 2000 as a Community Cultural Initiative at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders attained independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2006. Mano a Mano works with an extensive network of artists and artisans to showcase the rich and diverse cultural traditions of Mexico and promote and preserve Mexican arts and culture throughout New York City.

What We Do

Our programs engage children and adults in the appreciation of traditional music, dance, spoken- word, and Mexican folk art. We partner with schools, community organizations, and cultural institutions to provide dance and music presentations, hands-on workshops, and activities on folk art-making for children, youth, and adults.

We host a series of public events throughout the year. Our annual Day of the Dead celebrations, Posadas, and other holiday celebrations attract more than 13,000 participants annually.