“The first time I learned about Barrio, it was through a dance presentation Daniel and Arleny did for RACC. Their dancing was captivating and made me think about the beauty of Latin culture. I wanted to introduce myself and talk to them right after… but they left so quickly…”
Those are the words that Jonathan Tinoco uses when he describes how he became involved with Barrio. “A couple of months later I finally met Daniel, and he explained that Barrio often loses opportunities to connect with people because they are running from one place to the next. He wanted to add Barrio members that could help fill this gap. He invited me to lunch, introduced me to Arleny, and the rest is history.”
Jonathan is now Barrio’s Community Engagement Coordinator working to materialize Barrio’s mission. His position has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Wyomissing Foundation and various private donations from friends of Barrio. Meet the staff here.
At the beginning of last summer, Barrio started to explore bringing art to unexpected spaces like parks, sidewalks, and corner stores. This year, we are partnering with Musical Acts of Kindness Society (M.A.K.S) to put together neighborhood classical music concerts. It has been a great partnership: M.A.K.S. looks to increase music accessibility and Barrio seeks to engage community members through art. Check out M.A.K.S facebook page
We have been busy identifying areas for concerts, and looking for other musical groups or individuals who would like to help transform spaces through art.
You have probably seen us walking with community artists and musicians trying to reimagine parks, alleyways, corner stores, front porches and laundromats. We are really excited to begin! Support for these concerts is coming from The Reading Music Foundation and The Wyomissing Foundation.
Delicioso Tour, not-your-typical-sample-size tour!
Definitely, one of the biggest learnings from our 2017 Delicioso Tours was that our idea of “sample size” and Latino business owners ideas of “sample size” was different. At the end of the tour, participants’ take-home bags were filled with Pupusas, Patacones, Tacos, Habichuela con Dulce, Tres Leches, Sancocho, and much more.
Restaurants were thrilled to participate in the tour and eager to find out the next date!
This year we are looking to shift the list of restaurants but keep the idea of highlighting small restaurants that serve delicious food. The idea is to create meaningful interactions among participants but also between participants and restaurant owners.
Our first Delicioso Tour of 2018 will take place on June 23 at 11 AM. If you would like to register you can do it on our website or in person at 415 S. 19th St. Reading, PA. We promise it will be a great time!