FATHER JUAN CARLOS RUIZ
The Impact of the Pandemic on New York City’s Undocumented Communities
Thursday, Sept. 17 / 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
The New Yorker recently profiled Father Juan Carlos Ruiz in “The Renegade Priest Helping Undocumented
People Survive the Pandemic” (8/24/2020 issue).
Back in 1986, Juan Carlos Ruiz joined the flow of people arriving at the Norte from
Mexico to reunify himself as an unaccompanied minor with his family. After living
in the shadows and legal limbo he was able to obtain his green card just before he
got ordained as a Catholic priest. In 2006, Juan Carlos began to organize what has
come to be known as the New Sanctuary Movement at the national level and co-founded
the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York as a way to accompany and advocate alongside
and for families who were being separated by the unjust immigration system. In September
2018 he became the sixth pastor at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Bay
Ridge where he lives with his wife, Cinthya Santos Briones and their dog, Tizoc.
JORGE GLEM TRIO
Thursday, Oct. 1 / 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Latin Grammy-winning artist Jorge Glem presents a trio blending the sounds of his
instrument, the Venezuelan cuatro, with melodic and ethnic percussions. Featuring
Felipe Fournier and Juan Diego Villalobos on percussion and vibraphone, the trio will
take us on a journey through a selection of Latin American rhythms such as joropo,
chacarera and Venezuelan merengue.
ALEA WITH ACCOMPANYING MUSICIANS
Thursday, Oct. 8 / 7 - 8:15 p.m.
Alea is a progressive and pioneering artist delivering messages of love, connection
and Latinx empowerment. Her original compositions summon lush, vibrant landscapes
from La Guajira, Colombia to Bronx, NY. They are a compilation of original music and
arrangements deeply rooted in Afro-Latin American and Caribbean genres with a contemporary
view. Buttery vocals and holistic guitar conversations with Caribbean and World percussion
evoke a “tropical wave” according to Cultura Colectiva (A leading digital magazine
specializing in culture and Latinx content from Mexico City). Alongside brilliant
performers Sinuhé Padilla- Isunza and Franco Pinna, Alea delivers a high-energy program
with unforgettable, deep-rooted groove. Seamlessly blending Cumbia, Vallenato, Ranchera,
Son, Bolero, Jazz and Pop, Alea connects a diverse soundscape with New York City edge.
Get ready to dance and sway to an infectious, soulful, Afro-Latin sound.
Thursday, Oct. 29 / 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Day of the Dead: Tradition and Crafts
Juan Aguirre is a resident of Jackson Heights, Queens. He is a veteran of the United
States Navy and received a Bachelor of Science from St. John’s University. He has
worked for several years serving the New York Mexican community in after school programs,
adult education, and immigrant advocacy. Mr. Aguirre is an alumnus from the Coro Immigrant
Civic Leadership Program (2011). From 2012 to 2014 he served as a member of the Advisory
Council to the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), a detached office of Mexico’s Ministry
of Foreign Affairs (SRE). Currently, Mr. Aguirre utilizes his experience in developing
and implementing programs emphasizing traditional arts and culture. Mr. Aguirre is
presently serving as the executive director of Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without
Borders, a non-profit organization.