Project Arte Sana

In response to the devastation cased by hurricane Maria, Villa Carmen Atelier has created project Arte Sana to support the process of healing and rebuilding. At this turbulent time in Puerto Rico's history, the arts are needed to stimulate growth and innovation in our communities. Project Arte Sana is designed to spearhead projects for arts advocacy and cultural preservation of Puerto Rican art and culture. Our initiatives invite international artists to focus on community-based projects in Puerto Rico. Through our diverse partnerships, the museum and residency- this initiative will create free programs and a safe space for art while promoting creative and financial stimulus for our communities.


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Join Us for an Evening of Art, Music, Food and Culture

September 20th and the Hostos Community College Atrium

5pm - 9pm

475 Grand Concourse, 3rd Floor
Bronx, NY 10451


September 20th, 2018 project ARTE SANA will host its first Annual Fundraiser and Live Art Auction to SAVE the Landmark building Villa Carmen and support the Artists of Puerto Rico. The event will feature a live and silent auction with paintings from renowned artists and collectors in Puerto Rico and the US. The proceeds of this fundraising effort will be used to preserve and renovate the landmark Villa Carmen Atelier historic building, continue project ARTE SANA programs, and support the artists of Puerto Rico.

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For this program, Arte Sana proudly invites the Jazz Foundation of America to collaborate in honoring Latin music icon Joe Quijano. This tribute will be presented by Grammy Award winner Bobby Sanabria in honor Quijanos lifetime contribution to Latino music and culture.  We are also thrilled to invite the Academy of American Poets chancellor Victor Hernandez Cruz to present a reading to commemorate the occasion as well.

This initiative is the product of extensive artistic partnerships between New York City and Puerto Rico artists, Who've created amazing access to auctioning art pieces from renowned artists and collectors from both places.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Esteban Figueroa
Artistic Director - Arte Sana at Villa Carmen Atelier




5:00 pm – 6:45 pm - Silent Auction

7:00 pm - 7:25 pm - Musical and Poetic Tribute to“Joe Quijano”

7:25 pm - 9:30 pm - Live Auction


ARTE SANA Artist in Residence: 

Danielle Rose

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Danielle Rose is an award winning film maker, journalist, documentarian, and teacher.  She received her Masters from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism with a specialization in documentary filmmaking. "In Our Backyard,” her first documentary, won four film festival awards, and acquired 6 laurels. Most recently “In Our Backyard” won "Best Feature Documentary” at the Big Apple Film Festival.  

Danielle is currently working on two film projects produced with the help of Project Arte Sana. Her most recent documentary, scheduled to release in 2019 focuses on the effects of hurricane Maria on the artist community of Puerto Rico. 

Danielle was a contributor and social engagement consultant for Arts Everywhere and is a guest teacher at Pratt Institute annually since 2016.  She has been invited to show and spoken about her work at the United Nations and The Brooklyn Historical Society, Columbia University and the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.  She has been interviewed by NY1, Salon, Metro NY, The Bklyner and Bric TV.


Past Artist in Residence: 

Johan Figueroa-González

Johan Figueroa in Washington Square Park, NYC

Johan Figueroa in Washington Square Park, NYC

On November 15th a New York Times front page article introduced the art of Johan Figueroa-González to the world. Since then his “living statues”, which he presents in public spaces and monuments, has captured the imagination of people the world over. During this Arte Sana residency Johan will develop new works to be presented in the Festival de San Sebastian in Puerto Rico as well as upcoming festivals in Belgium and London.

While working at Villa Carmen Atelier Johan will be in collaborating with Puerto Rican theater group Sembrando Conciencia. In addition to developing new performances, this collaboration will produce an ongoing program at Villa Carmen to train other artists in these public theater techniques. This program will help Puerto Rican artists to generate money during this difficult time and revitalize public spaces across Puerto Rico. 

Johan's work has captured the imagination of notable figures who've come to Puerto Rico to document his work. Danielle Rose, award winning film maker from Columbia University is currently shooting a documentary on Johan Figueroa's acclaimed performances in New York. She will finish her shooting at Villa Carmen during his residency. Johan's work was also documented by world renown National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry.