ABOUT

 Core Group members Claudia, Jennifer, Myrna, Natalie & Melinda. Not pictured: Gerard and Padmini

 Core Group members Claudia, Jennifer, Myrna, Natalie & Melinda. Not pictured: Gerard and Padmini

VISION

In the 70’s and 80’s, Boricuas (Puerto Ricans) throughout NYC built gardens and small houses called casitas on neglected lots.  These  community spaces evoked the spirit of the Caribbean and  became cultural centers and havens. Inspired by this history, Casitas Wisdom honors the ancestral legacies of strength and resilience. We gather in the spirit of home to create co-learning/healing spaces where people can be creative, tell stories, and share the knowledges we carry in our memories and bodies. This is a political act of love and survival.

WHO WE ARE

We are a group that identifies as people of color (POC) and queer and trans people of color (QTPOC).  Our ancestral lineages are rooted throughout the world.  We value and honor the historical resilience and healing of our peoples.

BEGINNINGS

Casitas Wisdom,  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.   

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT CASITAS

                              Casita Rincón Criollo at 157th Street and Brook Avenue

                              Casita Rincón Criollo at 157th Street and Brook Avenue