The Howard Gilman Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture (HCAC) to support their operational costs for 2023. The organization provides funding to performing arts organizations that are reflective of New York City’s vibrant communities. The gift was a pleasant surprise for the College’s leadership. 

“We are incredibly grateful for this unexpected grant. The support comes just as we start fully at 100% capacity for the first time since the pandemic started. This will help us to outreach, engage, and connect with all audiences at our institution and the greater community,” said Felix Arocho, director of HCAC. 

Colette Atkins, vice president of Institutional Advancement, echoed Arocho’s sentiments. 

“The grant could not have arrived at a more opportune time, as we are beginning to upgrade our equipment, enhance our marketing and fundraising efforts, and implement other initiatives. With this help, the HCAC will continue to serve as an educational and cultural resource that broadens perspectives, expands horizons, and promotes understanding, compassion, and appreciation of our diverse communities through the arts,” she concluded.

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About Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
An integral part of Hostos Community College, CUNY since 1982, the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, which includes two state-of-the-art theaters of nearly 900 and 360 seats each, a black box experimental theater, and a museum-grade art gallery, is a resource for students and faculty in addition to serving the cultural needs of South Bronx residents and neighboring communities. Recognized nationally as a leader in Latin and African-based programming, the Hostos Center creates performing and visual arts forums in which the diverse cultural heritages of its audiences are celebrated and cultivated. In meeting that objective, the Center is dedicated to the development of emerging artists and the creation of new work.
About Eugenio María de Hostos Community College
Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for over half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.
Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate secure transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 25 colleges.           
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