About Us

MASIS Bolivian Cultural Center

1. HISTORY

 

MASIS  Bolivian Cultural Center has its origin in the inspiration of the different cultures that make up the nationality of Bolivian folklore

Masis Cultural Center was founded on November 25, 1994, and devoted itself to the investigation of ANDEAN CULTURE. By compiling data and researching legends and folktales which comprise the core material for their Educational Lecture Performances, the organization presents a forum for the systematic and didactic display of the evolution and ethnic chronologies from the time before the Spanish Conquest to modern times. 'MASIS' which means Equality in the Quechua tongue.

The Masis Cultural Center of Miami-USA, was born with a ballet of Bolivian-American youths who, as time went on, diversified, strengthening their activity with an American community, now headed by Mrs. Nilda Heredia in her capacity as President of that international institution, which feels in its veins the deep roots of Bolivianity, in addition, of having been born in the city of Oruro, but with many years of permanence with its distinguished family in the city of Miami, which works with the support of an important Directory that strengthens this activity of the deep homeland.

 

FOUNDERS

 

Nilda Heredia        Grover Ordonez

Clara Lopez           Ramiro Flores

Cintia  Cruz           Jhonny Flores

Edwin Luna           Rolando Heredia.

 

 

2. OBJECTIVES

  • Reaffirm and disseminate the Bolivian heritage bequeathed by our parents and grandparents through Bolivian-American children and young people from various Latin American countries who like folklore.
  • Expose to the whole world the originality and grandiosity of our dances full of history, traditions, mysticism and multiculturalism, highly appreciated abroad.
  • Exhibit the originality of the craftsmanship of folk costumes and masks with designs that allude to the Andean cosmovision and the forces of nature.
  • Disseminate, through conferences, about the meaning of the Carnival, of Oruro declared by UNESCO as the Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on May 18, 2001, recognized as one of the best carnivals in the world.

3. VISION

The Cultural Center  offering all  the facilities, discovering and forming not only dancers, but choreographers, leaders. This is how the "Masis" Cultural Center grew with children and young people.

 

WORKSHOPS - EDUCATIONAL LECTURE PERFORMANCES OF DANCE AND MUSIC

Performances Lectures annually  at Broward Center for the performing Arts (Amaturo Theater) that had a duration of 4 days (two courses a day) in the prestigious program of (SEAS) “Student  Enrichment  in Arts & Science “with excellent reports from the attending schools shared the stage with  prestigious musicians.

Orange bowl parade, trips to Washington, New York, Rhode Island, Bolivia etc, mainly in educational centers, theaters mostly.

 

EVENTS  PROGRAMED IN THE 25 YEARS OF EXIST

1. BOLIVIAN ENCOUNTER OF DANCE AND MUSIC  FOR 10 YEARS

2. ANDEAN FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND MUSIC FOR- 15  YEARS  (Groups of Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Ecuador,  Bolivia)

3. ”5th BOLIVIAN CARNIVAL MIAMI  &  INTERNATIONAL  ETNOFOLK  PARADE” 4 YEARS  (Directly from Their Countries )

 

The performers directly from Bolivia will represent the famous ORURO CARNIVAL  which UNESCO made proclamation on 2001 as ORAL INTANGIBLE PATRIMONY OF THE HUMANITY In addition, the parade will feature around artists in Dance and Music.  Additionally  we’ll  bring  troupe of dancers, from different States.

 

 

4. MISSION

Rescue, revalidated  and  disseminate  the  ethnic  heritage of Andean Culture treasure to developing  interested in younger  generations to promote a whole some pride to maintain our identity through history.