Unaccompanied Latin American Minors Project (U-LAMP)

Art Opening :
“A Ribbon Around A Bomb” by Suhaly Bautista, The Earth Warrior
Friday, July 11, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Frida Kahlo’s art was once described by André Breton, surrealist movement founder, as reminiscent of “a ribbon around a bomb.” Breton’s description serves as the motivation behind this photographic document / portraiture series, which examines the myriad of dualities featured in Frida Kahlo’s life and work and mirrors them against womyn featured in the work as political revolutionary and feminist. The series contains 21 color portraits and the accompanying written reflections of womyn who Bautista considers vivacious, unapologetic, passionate and courageous -all qualities shared with the legendary Kahlo. It is an ode to the femininity and grace Frida embodied, coupled with the strength, pain, aggression and revolution, which were unvarying constants in her life.

Family Day: Music by ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres!,with special guests Mariana Iranzi and Sonia de los Santos!
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Andrés Salguero’s ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!presents an interactive celebration of Latino culture for kids and families.
Dance with us to salsa, bachata, plena, mariachi and more!
Free event, perfect for families with children ages 2-8!

Presented in partnership with LAMC (Latin Alternative Music Conference)

3rd annual Frida Kahlo birthday celebration!
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
This year we will be celebrating the Mexican artist with our annual look-a-like contest with contemporary inspiration. If Frida Kahlo were alive in 2014 what would she look like? Come with your best modern Frida inspiration and show her spirit still lives on!
Event will include music, photo booth, and art inspired by Frida. Can’t come with flowers in your hair? No problem! You will be able to create your own flower head piece at our art-making station.
$10 fee per person, advance ticket purchase recommended.
La Casa Azul Bookstore
143 E. 103rd St
El Barrio, NY 10029
(212) 426-2626
6 Train to 103rd Street
Store hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Closed Mondays



Breaking the Mold:
Male Characters in Latino Young Adult Literature (panel) 
Saturday July 19
12:00pm – 1:30pm  
Join us as we explore the role of Latino male characters in Young Adult (YA) literature. A discussion will be lead by bookstore staff and will include a panel of local male YA authors Torrey Maldonado and Matt de la Peña, recent recipient of the 2014 Pura Belpre Honor Award.
We will discuss what makes the protagonists relatable to teens today, why it is important to keep writing more Latino male leads in the future and how we can encourage our young men to be active lifelong readers. A Q&A session will follow in addition to a book signing by authors.

Please RSVP for events – it helps us to know how many people to expect per event. Register for all events via email:
Please note, the entry to La Casa Azul Bookstore requires walking down two steps. The event spaces (gallery and back patio) are both in lower levels. If you will need accommodations during an event, please include that information in your rsvp email.

Help Unaccompanied Latin American Minors in the New York City area.

 kick – off and info session: Thursday July 10, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Film screening of : Thursday, July 24, 6:30pm – 8:00pm  

Film screening of : Sunday, August 10, 3:00pm – 4:30pm    

La Casa Azul Bookstore, in collaboration with the Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project (U-LAMP) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/Safe Passage Project is launching a book drive for children who were apprehended and detained at the Mexico-US border and are currently in deportation proceedings in the New York City area.

These children and teenagers are living in both local shelters/centers and residing with legal guardians and need new and gently used Spanish-language books.

Purchase books at La Casa Azul Bookstore for the book drive, mention that the books are for the Unaccompanied Latin American Minor Project and receive a discount on your purchase.

La Casa Azul bookstore will also be accepting books from Thursday July 10th –  Sunday August 10, 2014.

We will accept age appropriate, culturally relevant, Spanish-language books for elementary school and middle school levels.

Bookstore staff will be delivering books to local shelters/centers and provide them directly to children and teenagers who are currently in deportation proceedings.

Visit our website for book drive details, HERE, and to learn about other ways to help.

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