Melinda Gonzalez

"Juntos con La Bomba, part 3" & "Bomba Community Circles"
Pronouns: she / her
Artistic Discipline: InterdisciplinaryPerforming Arts
Category: Brooklyn Arts FundCreative Equations Fund: Justice, Equity, & Sustainability
Grant Year: 2024
Location: Williamsburg

Juntos con la Bomba / Together with Bomba offers a way for community members to connect to each other, heal and be seen as we deal with the lasting impact of the global pandemic. We continue to honor and affirm cultural traditions and values through the lens of Afro Puerto Rican bomba. as we begin to see it more as a way of life rather than as entertainment or recreation.

Bomba Community Circles invites community members to participate in dialogue and move through anxieties that inhabit our bodies about pressing social issues. It concludes with a bomba dance celebration for the purpose of releasing, grounding, re/connecting, and accessing joy through this ancestral practice.