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Jose Acosta invited to Gracie Mansion by Mayor Bloomberg.

by JOSE , April 16, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: Art Show, Contemporary Cuban Art, Cuban-American, Immigrant Heritage Week…, Jose Acosta, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Museum of Art

Jose Acosta invited to Gracie Mansion by Mayor Bloomberg.

On Thursday April 15th, 2010 I had the honor of attending a breakfast reception at Gracie Mansion to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week 2010. I was one of the many guests who enjoyed a great breakfast and had the opportunity to meet Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and had my picture taken with him. This was my 1st visit to Gracie Mansion and I found it to be such a beautiful building with such great architectural detail. The staff at Gracie Mansion was so efficient and graceful and made one feel very comfortable.

Mayor Bloomberg was very nice to all the guests and took the time to great each and also had his picture taken with them. His speech on the Immigrant Heritage Week 2010 was heartfelt as was the praise he gave to all hard working immigrants that make NYC what it is, the International Capital of the World.

I was invited to the event because I am one of three artists that were chosen to exhibit art at the Queens Museum of Art for Immigrant Heritage Week 2010. I would like to thank Jacqueline Donado and Jorge Mora for inviting me to participate in this event. I would also like to thank Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for inviting me to the breakfast reception, and to all the wonderful staff at Gracie Mansion for creating such a great event.

IMMIGRANT HERITAGE WEEK, established by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in 2004, honors the experiences and contributions of immigrants to New York City. This year Immigrant Heritage Week is celebrated from April 15 to April 21 and will highlight the Flavors of the World in Five Boroughs. Throughout the week, a rich collection of family friendly events, film screenings, art exhibits and walking tours will promote and reflect the diversity of the immigrant communities in our City. For more information, please visit or call 311

Cuban-American Artist Jose Acosta




  Carolyn ( homepage )

04/17/2010 * 22:57:44

Thanks so much for responding, Jose. I completely understand and know about the encouragement he has given you to exhibit in NYC. I'm sorry the link did not work. It is correct so maybe it just will not work in here for some reason. However I wrote a blog about it today and the link is accessible through my blog which is at: hopefully you can access it through this one.

Once again congratulations as I do think this event was a very special one for you to have taken part in. I wish you to have continued success with your painting. You certainly deserve it.



  Jose Acosta ( homepage )

04/17/2010 * 11:39:04

Hi Carolyn

I was unable to locate the link you left for facebook please check and leave correct link so everyone can see what you are writing about?. I do not know about any scheme towards artists. I can only say what I know and that is that Mayor Bloomberg has created oppertunities for me and other fellow hispanic artists to exhibit our work in NYC. I am most grateful for those oppertunities and I appreciate all his efforts.

Cuban American Artist Jose Acosta


  Carolyn Weltman ( homepage )

04/17/2010 * 09:17:39


I understand your enthusiasm about meeting Mayor Blomberg in regard to celebrating Immigrant Heritage Week and offer my warm congratulations. However, I wonder if you are aware that Mayor Blomberg is currently supporting a scheme to take away the livelihoods of hundreds of artists in New York City including many immigrant artists from South America, as well as those from many other countries at a time when unemployment is at 10% in New York.

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