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Super proud to present Global Local: Staten Island aka La Isla Bonita this Sunday in New York City in conjunction with Staten-based arts collective I founded ISLA, Lina Montoya’s LMP Project and California non-profit, Sol Collective. Besides Shaolin being my hometown – read this piece I did in 2013 for Cluster Mag about the Island arts scene – it’s an extremely vibrant place for arts with many creative people from different places, proud to work with what they have and be themselves.

Screen shot 2015-07-08 at 12.10.12 PMWith New York City being bought and sold everyday a little more for the soulless, Staten Island is still a place where you know you’re neighbors, where there’s remanence of cohesion in such a big city even with all our differences. In a world where developers are “betting” on Staten Island to be the next Gold coast, La Isla Bonita is a cultural statement directly from the community; put on with little to no budget, yet tons of community wealth from over a dozen organizations and artists to literally make it happen.

LAISLABONITASIADVANCE72015We’re local. We’re global. We’re beautiful. Here’s the full description:

THIS SUNDAY! Calling all #5BoroThoro NYC Dwellers and fellow Staten Islanders! #GlobalLocal: Staten Island aka La Isla Bonita is Sunday, July 12 at Faber Park in Port Richmond!

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#LiveMusic from Puerto Rico’s International Dub Ambassadors, All-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache, local riot grrrl cuntry acoustic punk Dolltits plus DJs Dizzle & Run P.

#InteractiveArt with Lina Montoya’s ELE EME and #CommunityActivities by Deeptanks, Stereotype, NYSAI open mic

#LIVERADIO broadcast by Projectivity & Richmond Hood Co on

Other partners include Shaolin Yacht Club, Island Voice, Deeptanks, Mike Shane Photography, Staten Island Arts, Partnerships for Parks, NYC Parks, D’VIP Barbershop, SI Peaceaction

Hosted by NYC Arts Cypher‘s Jodi Da Real!

Coming from another borough? Join the Transportation Alternatives #BikeTrain leaving at 3 PM (take the 2:30 PM boat from Manhattan) from the #StatenIslandFerry  by the steps on the stadium side! Info here:

Come celebrate for FREE outdoors on La Isla Bonita. What To Bring: picnic, picnic blanket, swimsuit (there’s a public pool!) and skateboard (there’s a skate park!)