A public garden & cultural center

Leenda Bonilla

Winter Workspace 2017

Pictured above:
Tostones: Urban Folkloric, 2015
Mixed medium performance and installation
Courtesy of the artist

Leenda Bonilla’s art practice involves community engagement, artistic expression and empowerment for migrant and immigrant communities. Bonilla’s process begins with a heightened awareness of Nuyorican portrayals through photographic images and object-based materials. In her “Mainland Mix” series, she elegantly captures a young Nuyorican transiting in-between two places—New York and Puerto Rico. Focused on identity formations, hybridity and green urban spaces, Bonilla emphasizes upcycling found materials like bottle caps to reveal cultural nuances. Bonilla will focus on studying the hybridity and invasive plants in the Greenhouse and Wave Hill grounds, specifically during the spring equinox.

Leenda Bonilla is a Bronx-based artist who balances her art practice as an arts/cultural producer and advocate. As an administrator, her work plays a pivotal role in oversight and administration of a variety of programs at various arts/cultural nonprofits. Her activism focuses on policies affecting new immigrant and migrant artists, cultural workers and educators with an effort to build relationships with artists, businesses and political officials to implement initiatives that will promote sustainable and creative communities. She has a Masters in Arts/Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and is an alumni from the Coro Leadership NYC's 2014 Immigrant Civic Leadership Program. She earned a dual BA in International Studies/Political Science at Manhattan College. Her unorthodox arts education included intensive programs at Parsons, School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography.

Learn more about the artist here.

Leenda Bonilla will be present for Drop-In Studio Sundays from 1-3PM on March 19.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.