First Friday March 2024

Friday, March 1, 2024
6:00 – 9:00 PM 
The Bronx Museum 
FREE! All Are Welcome
Optional RSVP

All are welcome at The Bronx Museum for a free and fun-filled evening of art, music, and dancing!

6PM – Exhibition tour of Bronx Calling: The Sixth AIM Biennial (Part One) with Curator Eileen Jeng Lynch.

7PM – Salsa dance lesson with Talia Castro Pozo

7:30PM – Music by La Charanga Pachá & Dancing!

Please RSVP to let us know you plan to attend!

Image Credit: Photo by Jose Daniel Benitez

First Friday
Mar 1, 2024      6pm - 9pm


Eileen Jeng Lynch

Eileen has been working in the arts for over fifteen years. She is the Director of Curatorial Programs at The Bronx Museum, and her inaugural show was 'Abigail DeVille: Bronx Heavens.' Eileen is also a freelance writer, editor, and consultant in New York City. Other independent curatorial projects have been at galleries and nonprofit organizations, including The Yard: City Hall Park; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz; LMAKbooks+design; Sperone Westwater; Lesley Heller Workspace; Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs; Garis & Hahn; and Radiator Gallery, among others. She has contributed to Two Coats of Paint and On-Verge. Previously, Eileen was the Senior Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, where she created exhibitions and programs that explored the intersection of nature, culture, and place, including commissioning artists for site-specific projects. She managed the Winter Workspace residency and emerging artists programs, comprising the Sunroom Project Space and New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships. Eileen also worked at RxArt, Sperone Westwater, and The Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Art, for which she authored essays in the Museum Studies publication, Film, Video, and New Media at The Art Institute of Chicago: with the Donna and Howard Stone Gift. Eileen earned her MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BA from Syracuse University.

Photo by Kevin Li

Talia Castro Pozo

Formerly, “Peruvian Ballet Representative to the World,” Talía represented Peru in the most prestigious ballet competitions around the globe. Talía started dancing at the age of three, becoming the youngest Soloist to join the National Ballet of Peru at age 14. After relocating to New York City to study at the prestigious School of American Ballet, she was able to expand her dance abilities by training in other forms of dance including, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Ballroom & Latin, among other styles. Talía graduated from the William Esper Studio, studied acting under Bill Esper, voice & movement. She went on to study singing to strengthen her connection to her Peruvian Roots, currently singing Afro-Peruvian Jazz Music and continuing her music studies. She just finished Pre-Production as a recurring co-star playing “Mona” for the upcoming TV mini series “Fleishman is in Trouble” Starring Jessie Eisenberg. She is currently choreographing for the TV series “The Godfather of Harlem” Season 3 and has choreographed for numerous independent films & TV commercials. She starred in the movie “Isn’t Romantic” as principal dancer, “Falling in Rhythm,” “Summer of Sam”, “Tango Finish” Off Broadway. You will see her dancing in the upcoming new TV series”Three Women” & “The Godfather of Harlem” Season 3. As a Dance Coach she has trained professional dancers in partner dancing including Broadway dancers for choreographer Christopher Gattelli. Talia has managed numerous iconic dance studios in NYC and has taught master classes at BDC, Lincoln Center, Columbia University, NYU to name a few. As Spokesperson and guest artist, she has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show with Patrick Swayze, Tiki Barber, Marc Anthony, Pitbull, The New York Times, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS, Univision, Telemundo, and celebrated as “The Woman of Salsa” by Latina Magazine. She is the producer of Latin Mondays at Taj celebrating 16 years, Sunset Salsa with Talia, Bryant Park Dance Party & Midtown Dance. She is also a member of the International Dance Council & Board Director of the Unspoken Smiles Foundation helping children at risk help develop healthy habits for life & Board Member of Ballroom Basix USA providing school children physical, social, emotional and cultural engagement through dance serving more than 20,000 school children in over a hundred NYC schools.

La Charanga Pachá

Miguelito “Pacha” Pozo was born November 9, 1954, in San Manuel, Oriente, Cuba. He arrived in the United States in 1958 at the age of three. Pacha always enjoyed music and took up percussion, focusing on the timbales. At the age of thirteen, he competed in a Tito Puente contest and earned 2nd place. He soon also learned how to play trap drums and later got involved in Salsa music. Pacha started to play with bassist Glen Vargas in a band called “La Contraria” from the Lower East Side of New York City.

In 1976, Pacha began to play with Orquesta Realidad from New Jersey. After a few years with performing with Orquesta Realidad along with other local bands, Pacha learned that the great flute player Jose Antonio Fajardo was looking for a timbalero. After several calls to Fajardo, Pacha played his first gig with them in August 1980. Pacha recorded live and in the studio with Fajardo Y Sus Estrellas, until Fajardo’s death in 2000. Pacha rejoined the band playing guiro in 2001 under the direction of Fajardo, Jr.

Pacha has shared the stage with many greats in Latin Music including Tito Puente,Machito, Larry Harlow, Tipica ’73, Orquesta Broadway, Hector LaVoe, Charanga America, Tipica Novel, Adalberto Santiago and his Orchestra, Conjunto Libre, Johnny Pacheco, Ray Barretto, Pupi Lagaretta, Alfredo de la Fe, Dave Valentin, Javier Vasquez, Jose “El Canario” Alberto, Conjunto Clasico, Grupo Facinacion, Hector Casanova, and many others during his long career.

Admission to this event is free but may be subject to venue capacity restrictions at the time of your arrival. We will do our best to accommodate everyone safely and in a timely fashion! 

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