Spanish Doctor’s Hours for Writers, Composers, Filmmakers, Performers, Multimedia and Fine Artists

Spanish Doctor’s Hours for Writers, Composers, Filmmakers, Performers, Multimedia and Fine Artists

Register to receive free advice and guidance during a one-on-one session with our expert consultants.

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Through the support of the Vilcek Foundation, New York Foundation for The Arts (NYFA), in partnership with Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, is pleased to announce the upcoming free Spanish session of Multidisciplinary Doctor’s Hours, which will include consultants in the performing and visual arts, film, and literary arts.

Review your work samples, create an outreach strategy, and get all the advice you need to advance your artistic practice and career.

Date and Time: Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:15 PM
Location: Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, 928 Simpson Street, Bronx, NY, 10459
2 or 5 Train to Simpson Street, 6 Train to Hunts Point
Cost: Free. Registration is required, one appointment per artist.

Register here by selecting your preferred consultant and time slot. If you are interested in being placed on the waitlist to meet with other consultants, please email [email protected] with subject CONSULTORÍA ARTÍSTICA.

To make the most of your appointment, read the Tips & FAQ here.


Visual Arts

Carlos A. Gutiérrez, film, documentaries, film festivals
Carlos A. Gutiérrez is co-founder and executive director of Cinema Tropical, a New York-based media arts non-profit organization that is the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the United States. As a guest curator, he has presented film series at various cultural institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, BAMcinématek, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Anthology Film Archives. He co-curated the 53rd edition of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, and is co-director of the Tucson Cine Mexico festival in Arizona. He is a contributing editor to BOMB magazine and has served as a member of the jury and panelist for various film festivals and funds including the Morelia Film Festival, the Margaret Mead Film Festival, SANFIC, DocsMX, the Sundance Documentary Fund, and the Tribeca Film Institute’s Latin American Media Arts Fund.

Alexa Halaby, visual arts, fundraising, collector relationships, public/private collections, galleries  
Alexa has worked for Fundación Cisneros since 2014. Previously she was the Associate Director of Client Services at sokoloff + associates, llc, where she worked with private clients on expanding their collections. From 2007 to 2009 she was the Marketing Director at the Museum of Modern Art in Medellin, Colombia where she oversaw the branding and commercial strategies of the Museum including the advertising campaigns, published materials, catalogs, the museum store, and other commercial alliances. Additionally, she was the head of the capital campaign set out to raise the funds which would allow the museum to finish its new home which opened at the end of 2009. Alexa has also provided independent consulting services for various public and private institutions. In her “free” time, she is part of not.a.collective in New York. Alexa has an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.

Juanita Lanzo, visual arts, alternative art spaces, nonprofit galleries, artist residencies, fellowships and grants, professional development
Juanita Lanzo is a visual artist and curator born in Puerto Rico but currently living in East Harlem and working in the Bronx since 1999. Her interest in issues of immigration, advocacy, popular culture, and gender and race politics has led her to organize over 40 solo and group thematic exhibitions at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, as Director and Curator for Longwood Arts Project, the visual arts program of the Bronx Council on the Arts. These engaging exhibitions are done in collaboration with emerging artists and guest curators, mostly of color. Ms. Lanzo has served on numerous panels at MTA Arts for Transit, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Percent for Arts Program, The Center for the Book Arts and Lower East Side Printshop. Her artworks have been exhibited at BronxArtSpace, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Bronx, NY, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ, and Museo de Arte e Historia, Museo de Arte de Caguas and Galería Francisco Oller, Puerto Rico. She holds an MFA from City College of NY (2005) and a BFA from University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico.

Literary Arts

Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, publishing, poetry, literary arts
Ricardo Alberto Maldonado was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He is the translator of Dinapiera Di Donato’s Collateral (National Poetry Series/Akashic Books) and the recipient of a poetry fellowship from Queer/Arts/Mentorship and a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships. His poems and translations have appeared in Boston Review, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is managing director at the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center and co-hosts the EMPIRE reading series with Hafizah Geter.  

Performing Arts

Claudia Norman, performing arts, arts management, production, dance, music, cultural organizations
Claudia Norman is a cultural consultant/artist manager based in NY. She develops and executes international projects for the arts. She is the Founder/ Executive/Artistic Director of the annual Celebrate Mexico Now Festival, which takes place in NYC since 2004. In 2015, Celebrate Mexico Now Festival co-commissioned the Day of the Death’s Altar with the NY Botanical Garden in the blockbuster exhibition FRIDA KAHLO, Art, Garden, Life.

She worked for Sheldon Soffer Management with Nederlands Dance Theater, Noche Flamenca, Nrityagram, and Ravi Shankar; at Arts International as Program Manager for the Americas; and as the Artistic Director of the Latino Cultural Festival at Queens Theatre in the Park. For the 2015 season, she was the Producer of Public Programming for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Midsummer Night Swing festivals. Some other projects she has implemented in NYC are: Catalan Days, Flamenco Festival, Sekou Sundiata retrospective, and PEN World Voices Festival. 

Claudia Norman is known for producing and curating concerts of iconic figures from Latin America and introduce them to international audiences: Farewell Concert at Carnegie Hall for Chavela Vargas, a Tribute Concert to Chavela Vargas at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall and in Latin America. She is producing the Leyendas series at Town Hall, and co-producing the Rebel Spirit series at L.A. Philharmonic. Norman also curates and co-produces with Lincoln Center Out of Doors, La Casita, a festival celebrating oral traditions, poetry, hip hop and global sounds. Norman served as Co-Chair for the APAP conference from 2009 to 2010. She also has served as panelist for the NEA, DCA, LMCC, AZARTS, MAFF, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; The Wallace Alexander Gerdobe Foundation; Jury for INBA/UAM/Mexico; guest speaker at WOMEX, VIC, Music Markets in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Mexico, and the National Arts Marketing Project. Born in Mexico City, Ms. Norman holds a degree in Latin American Studies from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and a Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University.


Alexis Mendoza, galleries, author, curatorial projects, visual arts, publishing
Cuban-born Bronxite Alexis Mendoza is an interdisciplinary artist, independent curator, and author. Mr. Mendoza has exhibited his artworks in museums throughout Latin America, Europe, and the United States. He is co-founder and co-creator of the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial as well as a Founding member of BxArts Factory. Alexis has curated exhibitions and art projects at The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx NY; Museum of Paraguassu Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil; Museum of Satu Mare, Romania; The Point, Bronx NY; BronxArtSpace, Bronx, NY; Boricua College Art Gallery, New York, NY; Union College, Schenectady, NY; Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, New York, NY; Loisaida Center Inc. New York, NY; Longwood Gallery at Hostos Community College, Bronx NY; and Hebrew Home at Riverdale, Gilbert Pavilion.

Chris Yong-Garcia, marketing, graphic design, design, production, magazine publishing
Chris Yong-Garcia is a bilingual graphic designer and producer based in New York City. After launching his career as an art director at JWT Peru, he went on to join the creative team at Indika Advertising. There, he developed innovative campaigns for HBO, Miramax Films, Spike TV, IFC Films, and the Weinstein Company, to name a few. In 2008, he founded his own graphic design studio, Eyestorm Design. He is also the founder of LatinLover Food & Travel Magazine. Launched in January 2012, the publication strives to unite Latinos and non-Latinos with a common denominator, a love for Latin culture. Today, as a creative consultant, Chris provides innovative services for companies and organizations that focus on the food, drink, tourism, cultural, and travel industries.

“Thank you for the time, the conversation, and the exchange of ideas. Providing the space to meet with active professionals is extremely valuable in order to understand the artistic landscape of the city and to nourish artistic practice.”Participating Artist, December Doctor’s Hours 2016

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Vilcek Foundation.


Image: Doctor’s Hours in Spanish, 2016, Photo: Amy Aronoff

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