ANN: ‘The Art of Being a Woman’ Conference


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27th Annual Women of Power Conference 2014: “The Art of Being a Woman”

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10 am to 7 pm

Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center

1680 Lexington Avenue (between 105th and 106th Streets)

New York, NY 10029

Honoring the warrior women of African Diaspora arts, the gladiators of imagination, the bearers of the creative genius in our global cultural aesthetics. Artists, cultural workers, funders, and elected officials share their experiences and explore their interdependent roles in establishing cultural equity, arts opportunities, and powerfully creative communities.

Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at door. Students and seniors with ID: $5 at door. Free for children under 12 years of age.Student and Seniors discount: $5 at the door. For tickets in advance:

Panelists include:


Cita Rodriguez is a New York City-based salsa singer and daughter of late FANIA All Star, Pete “El Conde” Rodriguez. Raised in the Bronx, New York City and Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Cita started her singing career at the age of 16, as a background singer in her father’s band. She studied at El Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, was part of the salsa group Los Hjios de la Salsa, and now performs with her own band. She juggles her singing with her career as an elementary school teacher for the New York City Department of Education.


Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, currently serves as the Speaker of the New York City Council, the first Puerto Rican and Latina to hold a citywide elected position. She represents the 8th District, which includes El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx. She worked for over two decades in local activism, nonprofit organizations and labor before being elected to the City Council in 2005. In 2009, she was elected to her second term in the City Council.


Manuela Arciniegas is a drummer, songwriter, singer and dancer specializing in Afro-Dominican palos and Afro-Puerto Rican bomba. Manuela is a Magnet Presidential Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology, focusing on the healing and empowering aspects of Afro-Caribbean traditional music. Arciniega is also the Community Outreach Fellow for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Founder and Director of Legacy Women, an all-women’s traditional Afro-Caribbean music ensemble.


Zenaida Mendez was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the USA as a teenager with her family. An avid voice for tolerance, Ms. Mendez served for almost three years as director of Racial Diversity Programs at the National Organization for Women (NOW). Mendez also holds the esteemed position of president and founder of the National Dominican Women’s Caucus. Ms. Mendez is currently the director of external affairs at Manhattan Neighborhood Network.


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