Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture


Located on the ground floor of the College’s East Academic Complex, the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, which includes two state-of-the-art theaters of 900 and 367 seats each, a black box experimental theater, and a museum-grade art gallery, is a resource for students and faculty in addition to serving the cultural needs of South Bronx residents and neighboring communities. Recognized nationally as a leader in Latin and African-based programming, the Center creates performing and visual arts forums in which the diverse cultural heritages of its audiences are celebrated and cultivated. In meeting that objective, the Center is dedicated to the development of emerging artists and the creation of new work.

Since 1982, The Center’s presenting seasons include annual observances of Kwanzaa, Puerto Rican Heritage Month, Black History Month, Dominican Heritage Month and Women’s History Month. The Center has presented and exhibited such artists as Rubén Blades, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Antonio Martorell, Faith Ringold, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico in addition to two productions each year from the College’s own awardwinning Hostos Repertory Company. The Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture serves approximately 60,000 people per year.