La Horchata Zine
In 2017, artists Veronica Meléndez and Kimberly Benavides created a platform for Central American art. They began printing La Horchata. This self-produced magazine, or zine, is named after a sweet traditional drink. It was Mélendez and Benavides’s response to the lack of visibility Central American artists face.
Echoes from the Past
Art and literature are powerful ways to spread ideas, build community, and express identity and culture. Puerto Rican writer, poet, and independence advocate, Lola Rodríguez de Tió (1843–1924) used her writing to fight for and celebrate her country. She wrote the lyrics to “La Borinqueña,” which calls for Puerto Rico’s freedom. De Tió also wrote a celebrated verse describing Cuba and Puerto Rico as “two wings” of one “bird.” Today, this is a popular phrase linking both islands. Exiled multiple times from Puerto Rico for her revolutionary activities, de Tió settled in Cuba.