On Thursday, June 2nd starting at 6:00pm, IBA – Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción and the community of Villa Victoria, will be hosting the 2011 Jorge Hernández Leadership Awardswhich will be held at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (85 W. Newton St., Boston, MA 02118). The awards ceremony will be followed by a benefit concert called Bohemia Latina: Love and Latin Music starting at 8pm.
Named in honor of the amazing achievements of Jorge Hernández, a visionary community development leader who put IBA and our arts and culture programs on the national map; the2011 Jorge Hernández Leadership Awardswill recognize leaders and organizations making appositive impact on Boston’s Latino community. This year, IBA will present awards to: Jovita Fontanez (Civic Leadership), Stella Aguirre McGregor (Arts Leadership), St. Stephen’s Church (Founder’s Award) and Goya (Corporate Leadership). These leaders honor Jorge’s spirit by producing phenomenal accomplishments that are leaving an indelible mark upon Boston’s Latino community!
The awards ceremony and dinner will be followed by a benefit concert calledBohemia Latina:Love and Latin Musicat 8pm. This concert will feature Puerto Rican singer René Serrano and his band Alma de Barrio. They will provide an evening of soulful and romantic Bolero music complimented by the exciting beats of Guaracha and Son. Raising much-needed funds to support community arts programs, this special concert takes Latin music lovers of all ages on a “journey through time.” For one night, experience a more innocent and romantic era when Bolero held sway, leading to some of the most popular songs in Latin music history.
This special night will raise critical funds for IBA’s Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, the largest and most significant Latino Cultural Center in New England. Through 30 yearly concerts, gallery receptions and special events, we present the broad diversity of Latino and Latin American cultural expression in a variety of disciplines (music, dance, visual arts). We are hopeful that you will attend and support our efforts to use the arts as a tool for cross-cultural collaboration, self-transformation and community building.