What is  our ARTISTAS IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM?                              

Mi Casita’s ARTISTAS in Residence program helps us build community with local Spanish-speaking artists who want to share their practice with the community as both teacher and artist. During this short-term (3 month or 6 month), compensated residency, Artistas collaborate with our teachers to create special projects for student both in the preschool and in the after-school, as well as with the community. Artistas may work in any discipline (arts- visual and movement, skills, crafts, and/or trade) which they are willing to share.

The Teaching Artistas residency aims to:

1.     Provide students and community members from birth to adulthood with Spanish learning experiences through a creative lens.              

2.     Support local artists who share our vision to promote, preserve, and develop the pan-Spanish cultural arts. Mi Casita provides them with a creative venue, as well as the opportunity to design, implement, and teach using their work.

3. Showcase Artists' work at the Mini-Museo a bi-monthly event, on Friday evenings or weekends, opened to the community.


Artistas in residence


Debbie Z Maciel, is a dance artist and educator currently moving and making work in Brooklyn, New York. Unbound by medium Maciel finds creative expression across genres with training in theater, literary and visual arts, while carrying her modern and contemporary dance sensibility with her. She was most recently seen dancing with installation artists Brendan Fernandes for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Sarah Cameron Sunde in 36 PEAKS at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, dance companies JACKS, BOINK dance + film, Joanna Mendel Shaw's The Equus Projects creating site-specific dances with horses, and in Washington, D.C. as a partnering artist for Dance Exchange, working with intergenerational communities. In the past she has also performed with legendary contact improviser Nita Little, evocative performance artist Ann Liv Young, Neta Pulvermacher, Tzveta Kassabova, and site-specific Shua Group.

Maciel is also the Artistic Director and choreographer of DZ Maciel, her company that intersects dance-theater works with community engagement. Moving thoughtfully through dance, theater, speech, and song DZ Maciel creates deeply relatable performance work, appealing to the humanity in us. Anyone who works with or witnesses her is welcomed warmly into her examination of the human condition, of our relationship to ourselves, and to each other. Her current solo work Sabiduria explores her identity as a Peruvian, Brazilian- American woman and daughter of immigrants, and her duet Take on Me, will premiere at Mi Casita! DZ Maciel has been seen at The Kennedy Center, Dixon Place, Situations Gallery, Triskelion Arts, Creative Cultural Center, the Center for Performance Research, University of Florida, and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Their current work Take On Me continues to tour the New York City area! Recently, Maciel's choreography was also seen in R&B artist Gallant’s new music video for Sharpest Edges. In 2014, she also wrote and produced the play Don’t Date Me which premiered at Squitieri Studio Theater for Florida Player’s New Works Festival.

As a dance educator, she has worked nationally with communities of all ages, most recently at Wayne State University with Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process, at Jacob’s Pillow as part of a their STEAM program, and with bilingual communities throughout N.Y.C with elderly folks at Arts by the People and bi-lingual communities with Mi Casita.