Cynthia Renta is an ART-ivist, cultural worker and public administrator working for social justice through the arts with young people, women and others to build healthy communities. A recipient of the Melon Fellowship, she is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and a graduate of the CUNY School of Public Affairs earning her Masters in Public Administration byway of the National Urban Fellowship. She was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ and has been studying the folklore of Cuba and Puerto Rico for almost 15 years. Cynthia Renta is a dancer, vocalist, poet, producer and whatever else she need to be to survive as an artist, educator and cultural worker.
Cynthia is a member of Medicine Woman Productions & Creator of the Mocha Loca web show, "providing simple solutions to hood problems with a back-slap or a prayer". She is a performer with the Ase Dance Theater Collective: spoken word, vocals & dance. Cynthia is also the founding co-director of the Bomberas de la Bahia, the Bay Area's first all women's Bomba ensemble and founding Director of "Cimarronaje", the first trans-national bomba dance theatre production and Executive Producer of the Bomba es Nuestra Project I & II. Associate Producer of the Masteros de la Bomba en la Bahia II. Founder & Artistic Director of the Bembe Collective promoting radical self-acceptance in all dancing bodies through Afro-Caribbean dance. She is formerly a dancer with the Susana Arenas Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble and actor & writer with the Oakland Improv Collective. Her projects have received awards from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the California State Council of the Arts.
Cynthia currently teaches Afro-Caribbean dance to young people at various community organizations in the NY and NJ area which have included Destiny Arts Center (Oakland, CA), El Puente (Brooklyn, NY), Grassroots Community Arts Space (Jersey City, NJ). She has a self-published book of poetry called, "Eat Thorns; Grow Peacock Feathers" and she is an avid blogger at http://cynthiarenta.blogspot.com/. Art, Spirituality & Justice Overwhelming world we live in Afro-Caribbean folklore, Henna, Altar-Making, Performance Art: Poems, Song and Dance to a drum beat
My Vision for the Future
A better world with more love, less shame, more inclusion, more agency and self-determination