A gaggle of salsa aficionados desires to boost issues within the Bronx with an Worldwide Salsa Museum, that includes displays, a faculty and efficiency area that will spotlight the borough’s deep Latin music roots.
They’re planning to ask the town to designate a part of the deserted Kingsbridge Armory for his or her creation, hoping to remodel the sprawling complicated into an homage to greats like Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Johnny Pacheco, a document producer and nine-time Grammy nominee who died earlier this 12 months.
“The salsa legends are fading away,” stated Willy Rodriguez, co-founder of a non-profit behind the mission and musical director of the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra..
“We wish to do one thing to honor them and preserve the music alive.”
The plan has acquired a flurry of curiosity and donations from Latino communities throughout the town since it was introduced earlier this week, stated Rodriguez, 39.
A consortium of buyers, together with some former main league baseball gamers, are considering serving to get the museum constructed on the Armory, the place in addition they hope so as to add sports activities choices to the venue, a supply advised The Publish.
Rodriguez has teamed up with a gaggle of companions, together with Damaris Mercado, whose father Ralph Mercado produced Puente and Cruz, and arranged mega salsa live shows at Madison Sq. Backyard and the Hollywood Bowl.
“It’s a extremely thrilling mission, and I actually really feel that now’s the time to do it as a celebration after COVID, after the world stood nonetheless,” stated Mercado, who runs the Mercado Venture, a non-profit selling her father’s legacy. She has signed on as an advisor to the museum.
A $350 million mission to show the armory into an ice rink, a mission backed by New York Rangers star Mark Messier in 2013, has been mired in bureaucratic wrangling and different authorized hurdles.
Worldwide Salsa Museum founders hope to make use of 50,000 sq. toes within the 180,000 sq. foot facility, which incorporates an 800 seat auditorium.
“This might be a terrific match for the Bronx,” stated Manny Tavarez, an entrepreneur, who’s among the many founding members of the Worldwide Salsa Museum.
“The ISM is dedicated to establishing our presence within the Bronx as this borough performed such an integral half in creating Salsa and Latin Jazz into what it’s immediately,” he stated.