Casitas: Community Wisdom's vision is to create healing/learning spaces in casas or casa-like (home or home-like) settings that feel liberatory, creative, honest, accessible and honor both the legacy of NYC casitas and the strength of our ancestors.
WHO WE ARE:
We are a group that identifies as people of color (POC). We stand/flow anywhere on the gender & sexual orientation spectrums. Our ancestral lineages are rooted throughout the world. As a collective, we value and honor the historical resilience and healing of our peoples.
Our collaborations will embrace and uplift community wisdom through free or low-cost skill shares, healing circles, recipes, resources, workshops, garden walks, community field trips, performances and gatherings. We also uplift and support the work of other healing arts collectives.
Casitas, formerly known as Casitas Skillshares, was started by Myrna Caban Lezcano in the spring of 2014 in response to the lack of affordable, learning spaces, particularly where working class QTPOC folks could heal while feeling safe, represented and supported. She ran a series of free skillshares out of her home with the support of other teachers and healers in her community. In 2015, this work shifted into being lead and envisioned by our Guiding Core.
WHY THE TERM "CASITAS?"
The name Casitas was inspired by the little shack-style structures built by Boricuas (Puerto Ricans) throughout NYC in the 70's and 80's in vacant lots (see pic below). These small houses became cultural spaces and havens for all kinds of folks in the community.
CASITAS WERE THE CENTER OF NEIGHBORHOOD THROUGHOUT NYC - VERY FEW EXIST TODAY
ARTICLES ON CASITAS IN NYC: