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Old 12-03-2002, 06:37 PM
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Ex-Director for Salsa Museum was...

Hi Guys!

"Nechodona" (sorry if I got the spelling incorrect!) forgot to write that the former Executive Director for the Salsa Museum in Spanish Harlem is from Ecuador. He's resided in New York City since 1963. His name is Mr. Jose Obando.

Before Mr. Obando came into the Salsa Museum, it was basically just a novelty shop. Mr. Efrain Suarez, ONE of the "founders" of this Museum, had a sign outside his business with the word MUSEUM on it. Here's a little information for those who may not know. The government does NOT allow you to post a sign that reads 'MUSEUM' without you registering/CHARTERING it through the State's Department of Education/Regents.

This is what Mr. Jose Obando and Ms. Ana Flores, formerly of the Salsa Museum and now running Lubona Corporation/Salsa Sight did IN TWENTY ONE MONTHS. It normally takes most museums between five and twelve years to CHARTER a museum...we did it in 21 months and got PERSONAL congrats and accolades from Mr. Palmquist, a trustee, Esq., and board member of the Department of Education. In order to charter a museum, a cultural agency application has to be APPROVED by SIXTEEN esquirers of the State's Education Department.

Due to our never-ending efforts to educate the trustees of Education Law 216, namely the President and Vice President, concerning Museum protoccol and how to appropriately run a museum, we tired of witnessing NO positive results from it and left. In addition, it is very disheartening when Jose Obando achieved a 501 (c) 3 non-profit status for the museum, along with a provisional charter, so that a wonderful and educational organization, dedicated to salsa can be run, only to have some of its OWN trustees attempt, with anticipation, to misuse plausible oncoming funds. In addition, to have councilmen/women and politicos NOT help us with donations/funds in times of need added to our frustration; but the main reason Mr. Jose Obando and I left was because we refused to be part of an embezzlement planned by one of the trustees of the Salsa Museum, that, incidently, Mr. Obando intercepted and stopped from happening, fortunately for the poor jerk. Certainly Mr. Obando and I were not going to share a jail cell with the daughter of MOTHER HALE!!! In closing, it is now up to the present trustees to up-keep the charter for this museum and to take the opportunity that a 501 (c)3 can bring to an institution as important as the Salsa Museum. What is the status of the Museum today? We do not know...some musicians tell us that it is no longer a Museum to them since Jose left, but you guys be the judge...it is located on 2127 Third Avenue on 116th Street. Ask the owner (VP) or the President what they know about the evolution of salsa and to give you guys a tour of the Museum and discuss the stories behind the Museum's collection.

Mr. Jose Obando and I are now CEO and COO, respectively, of Lubona Corporation/Salsa Sight, a consultancy focusing on the Latino market and also dedicated to continuing the dissemination of the educational programs (these educational programs were initially created for the Salsa Museum by Mr. Obando) concerning the 350 plus years of the evolution of salsa, via our lecture/performances. Mr. Jose Obando is now the Salsa Consultant for the Musical Instruments Department of the Metropolital Museum of Art, and is helping to expand its collection, develop a Latino audience for its Multicultural Initiative Program Department, and is presently working on a project involving one of Puerto Rico's national instrument, the Cuatro.

For a list of our clients and for more information about Lubona Corporation/Salsa Sight, please visit www.salsasight.com

Thank you.
Ana Flores


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Last edited by Ana : 10-03-2003 at 07:46 PM.
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