Folk Music Health and Wellness Community Fair: A Celebration of Folk Music, Movement, and Mental Well-being.

On Sunday, May 21, 2003, Plaza Las Americas in Upper Manhattan, New York City, came alive with the vibrant melodies and empowering energy of the Folk Music Health and Wellness Community Fair. This exceptional event, organized by the Collective for Arts Music & Dance, celebrated mental health and the importance of self-care. 


The event brought together a diverse crowd of over 100 attendees, including children and adults, who immersed themselves in various activities centered around music, dance, and mental well-being.  With informative organization tables, energizing dance sessions, and insightful panel discussions, the fair fostered community connections and promoted holistic health practices. Let’s delve into the key highlights of this memorable event.


Community Engagement and Information Sharing

We are deeply thankful to Bridge Builders Community Partnership, Comunilife Life Is Precious for sponsoring the event and deeply thankful for our collaborators NMIC, HOPE, Spin Enciclopedia, We Run Uptown WRU, GDS, School in The Square, and DOS AMIGOS for passionately sharing information about their services, resources, and support systems related to mental health and overall well-being. 

These dedicated organizations set up informative tables, allowing attendees to engage with experts, ask questions, and discover new avenues for personal growth and support. The atmosphere was filled with curiosity as individuals eagerly explored the diverse services available in Washington Heights.


Energetic Dance Sessions

One of the highlights of the Folk Music Health and Wellness Community Fair was the invigorating dance sessions led by accomplished instructors. Renowned Zumba instructor Carmen Murillo took the stage, guiding participants through a dynamic and high-energy Zumba routine.

Attendees let loose, grooving to the infectious beats and breaking a sweat as they embraced the joy of movement. The fair also offered a bachata dance class facilitated by the talented Instructor Edwin Ferreras. Participants later immersed themselves in mixed music led by DJ Radar, further enhancing the atmosphere of celebration and unity.


Panel Discussion on Mental Health

A focal point of the event was an insightful panel discussion moderated by Osaliki Sepúlveda, featuring four esteemed experts in the field of mental health, Karina Ayibar, Dr. Gary Altheim, Quentin Walcott, and Santiago Marquez Ramos. Attendees could listen and engage with these knowledgeable professionals, who shared valuable insights, practical tips, and personal stories about self-care and mental wellness. The panel discussion fostered a sense of openness and understanding, creating a safe space for individuals to discuss their experiences and learn from one another.


Captivating Live Performance

As the day progressed, the crowd eagerly gathered to witness a captivating live performance by Katherine Mota’s K star group. With their soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics, the young dancers created an enchanting atmosphere that resonated with the audience. The power of choreography led by Katherine Matos to uplift spirits, evoke emotions, and promote healing was on full display, leaving a lasting impression on all those in attendance.


Celebrating Mind, Body, and Community

The Folk Music, Health, and Wellness Community Fair served as a reminder of the intrinsic connection between mind, body, and community. The event emphasized the importance of self-care and mental health awareness by integrating music, wellness practices, and a strong sense of togetherness. Attendees left the fair inspired and equipped with valuable knowledge and resources to support their well-being journey.


The Folk Music Health and Wellness Community Fair, held on Sunday, May 21, 2002, at Plaza Las Americas in Upper Manhattan, New York City, was a resounding success. With over 100 attendees, the event brought together individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences to celebrate mental health and the power of self-care. 


The engagement with organizations, the enriching panel discussion, and the captivating live performance all contributed to a truly transformative experience. As the fair concluded, a sense of unity and a shared commitment to nurturing the mind, body, and community lingered in the air. The Collective for Arts Music & Dance succeeded in creating an event that promoted awareness, support, and celebration of mental health, positively impacting all who participated.


The Folk Music Health and Wellness Community Fair would not have been possible without our volunteers’ unwavering support and dedication.


Your passion for making a positive impact on the lives of others is truly commendable. Your volunteerism inspires us all, reminding us of the power of community engagement and the difference we can make when we come together.


Thank You! 

  • Agar Garcia
  • Radames Feliz
  • Meriyen Parra
  • Domingo Cruz
  • Ysaura Toribio
  • Lis Medina
  • Tara Hernandez
  • Cristal Fernandez


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