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Neighborhood Matters: Creative placemaking in El Barrio: Egleston Sq.

Neighborhood Matters: Creative placemaking in El Barrio
Special Guest: Luis Edgardo Cotto

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.

Special Guest: 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 the Parks, Arts and Immigrant right while also serving as primary care provider for his newborn son. Luis’ background in arts administration spans more than 20 years, working in Hartford, Seattle and Washington, D.C., and 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 named La Paloma Sabanera, bringing Ray Oldenburg’s third place concept to life.

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: Neighborhood Matters

Frankie from Lluvia Market in Egleston Square
part of a #BehindTheCounter Instagram initiative

Archives and Special Collections at Northeastern University Libraries

The Archives and Special Collections at Northeastern University Libraries houses and carefully curates a diverse collection of historical records relating to Boston’s fight for social justice; preserving the history of Boston’s social movements, including civil & political rights, immigrants rights, homelessness and urban and environmental justice. They focus on the history of Boston’s African American, Asian American, LGBTQ, Latino and other communities, as well as Boston’s public infrastructure, neighborhoods, and natural environments.

The primary source materials they collect and make available are used by the community members, students, faculty, scholars, journalists, and others from across the world as evidence on which histories are built. An understanding of the past can help inspire the next generation of of leaders to fight for economic, political, and social rights.