La Isla Bonita Summer Festival 2016
“La Isla Bonita” was born as a series of public art developed by Colombian-born, Staten Island-based artist Lina Montoya under the LMProject. In June 2014, the first piece of this series was installed at Richmond Terrace and Jewett Ave called “Mariposas Amarillas” – 18,000 yellow butterflies along the Terrace to represent migration as a symbol of a community’s evolution. The series aims to transform public spaces around the Island by involving community members in the process and continues to exist, with more than 10 pieces on display throughout the North Shore of Staten Island.
Last Summer, LMProject and events collective ISLA, partnered up to create a Summer Festival in the North Shore of Staten Island with the help of the NYC Parks, Partnerships for Parks and California organization Sol Collective – naming it La Isla Bonita Summer Festival. With the goal of building a yearly cultural happening which celebrates Staten Island’s diversity and multiculturalism, La Isla Bonita Summer Festival highlights Faber Park’s beautiful waterfront park, while promoting local and global arts and culture for free to the community.
“People don’t think Staten Island is beautiful, but we want to celebrate the beauty that is here, in ourselves, our friendships and our community relationships. The ultimate goal for all of us is to create something that reflects us,” ISLA founder Nati Linares told the Staten Island Advance last year.
The festival’s inaugural event in 2015 included live music performances, spoken word, dance, active sports, education, arts and crafts, marking an exciting development for cultural programming in the heart of Staten Island’s rich immigrant community of Port Richmond and particularly at Faber Park, where the NYC Parks and Partnerships for Parkshave been concentrating their community engagement efforts.
Programming for the festival is intentionally chosen to reflect global and local sounds, with bands and DJs who are honoring traditional music while modernizing their sound for new audiences. For example, last year’s Latin Grammy winning Mariachi Flor de Toloache remix the traditional Mariachi tradition by featuring an all-female lineup and covering modern songs with their instruments. Future installments plan on furthering this mission in order to celebrate how dialogue between different cultures, generations and regions can inspire new imaginations.
The 2nd annual La Isla Bonita Summer Festival will take place on Sunday, July 10th 2016 once again at Faber Park, with live performances from NYC tropical circus punk bandConsumata Sonidera, global bass vocalista from Los Angeles with Filipina roots Gingee, and Staten Island’s female-fronted philosophical dream punk band Yeti. Cuba’s very own DJ Jigue of Guampara Music will provide an Afro-futurist vibe and Staten Island-via-Bermuda’s Dizzle gives us eclectic electric Island vibes.
There will be art activities, tabling by some of Staten Island’s most exciting community organizations, a public open-mic and lots more! Keeping in the spirit of local and global arts, this year’s poster art was created by Colombian-based artist Lili Cuca; with the goal of inviting her to participate as part of La Isla Bonita Street Art series duringLa Isla Bonita Summer Festival by transforming the poster art into a mural.
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A work of art with wings, and a meaning
on June 24, 2014 at 7:00 AM, updated June 24, 2014 at 7:11 AM
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — It started as a long, routinely unattractive chain-link fence at a corner not far from the waterfront on a large chunk of city property.
The 1,400 square feet of nothingness at Richmond Terrace and Jewett Avenue is being transformed into a work of art — with thousands of wings.
Port Richmond artist Lina Montoya is constructing an art installation called “Mariposas Amarillas, (Yellow Butterflies). The piece will include more than 15,000 plastic yellow butterflies and 10,00 blue plastic cups.
She’s being helped by volunteers to complete a work that’s aimed at representing the influx of foreign-born residents to the North Shore community. Work will continue on the project throughout the next two weeks and others are welcome to help.
Ms. Montoya, a native of Colombia, is working with the city Department of Transportation’s Art Program in partnership with El Centro del Inmigrante, Project Urbanista.