THE RDAC WINS THE 2010 UNION SQUARE ARTS AWARD: Rebel Diaz, Circa '95, Intikana, Yc The Cynic, Lucho Gomez, Dj Charlie Hustle & more.
The Union Square Awards are named for the park on 14th Street, a historic gathering place, where since the nineteenth century New Yorkers have organized and spoken out about major social issues. Known as a forum for the poor and disenfranchised, Union Square is identified with strong commitments and highlights the essential qualities embodied in the Award. The Union Square Arts Award recognizes the central leadership role played by arts and culture in providing educational opportunities for young people, building collaboration and promoting social change. The Award supports organizations working with youth and families in low-income communities across New York City in all artistic disciplines: Creative Writing, Dance, Music, Theater, Visual and Media Arts. http://www.unionsquareawards.org/
Rebel Diaz Arts Collective (RDAC-BX) is a South Bronx-based performance and multimedia space that “aims to utilize culture as a means for education and self-empowerment in the community. By promoting a sense of ownership, agency, and responsibility through the arts, RDAC-BX addresses issues of gender, racial, and economic inequality.” Working with neighborhood volunteers, RDAC-BX transformed a formerly abandoned space into a vibrant community center. Today the 4,000 sq. ft. loft houses a large performance/ meeting space, art gallery, multimedia recording and editing studio, computer lab and multi-use outdoor art garden. The center also serves as a space for family gatherings and celebrations, neighborhood association meetings, and a film studio and rehearsal space for performers. RDAC-BX’s programs include monthly open mics that spotlight local talent, special showcases that highlight youth-created music, art, video, and film festivals. All events provide space for dialogue and discussion about the issues affecting the community.