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Neighborhood Matters: Creative Placemaking in El Barrio

Special Guest: Luis Edgardo Cotto
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:00pm
90 Snell Library
Archival Collections

Luis Edgardo Cotto will speak about the ways in which art and creativity have been a tool for economic & community development in Egleston Square, a changing Spanish speaking neighborhood of Boston.

Luis Edgardo Cotto is the Executive Director of Egleston Square Main Street (ESMS), located on the border of Jamaica Plain and Roxbury. Luis is originally from Hartford, CT where he served on the Hartford City Council from 2008 until 2012.  As a City Councilor, Luis was known as a champion for parks, arts, and immigrant rights while also serving as primary care provider for his newborn son. Luis’ background in arts administration spans more than 20 years in Hartford, Seattle and Washington, D.C. He currently sits on the advisory board of the Cambridge Arts Council. From 2004 to 2007, Luis and his sisters ran a Spanish language coffeehouse and bookstore in Hartford named La Paloma Sabanera, bringing Ray Oldenburg’s "third place" concept to life.

Photo: Frankie from Lluvia Market in Egleston Square. Leonardo March
Frankie from Lluvia Market in Egleston Square
part of a #BehindTheCounter Instagram initiative 


Neighborhood Matters is a series that celebrates the ways in which community groups have shaped the neighborhoods surrounding the Northeastern campus. This series is co-curated by the Northeastern Center for the Arts and the Archives and Special Collections at the Northeastern University Library. See more at Neightborhood Matters.

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP.