Raíces Cultural Arts Collective
Artist Profiles

Melanie Maldonado

Artist Bio

Melanie Maldonado is a bombera, artivist, independent scholar and education administrator with doctoral training in Performance Studies. She is an alumnus of The Smithsonian Institute for the Interpretation and Research of Latino Cultures and was a researcher for the 2005 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Melanie has organized eight Bomba Research Conferences (under the banner name of PROPA) in Chicago and Puerto Rico. She is a state appointed grant reviewer for arts culture In Florida and is on the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grants task force. Melanie has provided slang editing for two books of Nuyorican poetry and has six publications to her name. She is active in her local community serving as a founding board member for Escuela de Bomba y Plena Tata Cepeda in Kissimmee and as a board member for Alianza Center in Orlando. 

Artistic and Research Highlights

Research: La Ponchinela - Part 1

Research: La Ponchinela - Part 2

Research: Fiestas de Cruz in San Mateo de Cangrejos 

Research: La Enagua en la Bomba Puertorriqueña

Research: Herstories: the Missing Narratives of Women in Bomba - Part 1

Research: Herstories: the Missing Narratives of Women in Bomba - Part 2

Performance: Dancing with Viento de Agua at the 2004 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Community: PROPA's 5th biennial Bomba Research Conference