Welcome to Salsa at the Met

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Museum Programs

Since 2001, Jose Obando has served as the Salsa Consultant to the Musical Instruments Department of The Metropolitan Museum of Art . The Museum has been collecting musical instruments since 1880.

The acquisitions of Afro-Native-Antillean instruments that pertain to salsa include a documentary that outlines the origins of the artifact, utilizing the Social Sciences and the Humanities and an autobiography of the artisan. The raw materials, tools and manufacture of these artifacts, due to the recording, maintain the artisan's expertise and vibrancy of the ethnographic record.     



Interdisciplinary museum programs illustrating the  approximately      

340/ 350 year evolution of the American musical genre: salsa.

Based upon Urban Ethnomusicology, the lecture/demonstrations, which are augmented by an ensemble, contain the following subjects;





Political Science





Art History

Music History

Dance History

As per the State Department of Education, museum programs must presented  in all educational levels from lower school to post-graduate (faculty development).

The lectures are augmented by musicians that are conservatory/folkloric/ street  trained; many are Grammy-award winners and nominees. Some percussionists and/or dancers are high-ranking clerics or are trained within the Afro-Caribbean syncretisms; Santeria/Lucumi, Palo Monte, Abakua, etc. 



Since 1998, these lessons have been presented in various institutions;

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

El Museo del Barrio

Queens Museum of Art

Studio Museum in Harlem

The Cathedral of Saint Patrick

The Juilliard School

New York Public Library

The Apollo Theater

The U.S. Naval Academy

Harvard University

Horace Mann School

Grace Church School

Riverdale School

The Cambridge School of Weston

among others.



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