Fabiola Mendez Headlines Spotlight Series Performance 10.29.23 and Her Own Film, Negrura, Opens the Show

Arts at the Armory welcomes back cuatro player, singer, composer, and educator Fabiola Méndez as a headliner to our Spotlight Series. Her artistic vision and original music focus on the exploration of her culture, her ancestry, and her identities.

Native to Caguas, PR, Méndez began playing the cuatro, a 5-double string traditional guitar of Puerto Rico, when she was 6 years old. In 2018 she graduated from Berklee College of Music as the first student to play the Puerto Rican cuatro as principal instrument.

To open the concert, there will be a special viewing of Méndez’ first documentary, “Negrura” (released in 2022). The film is an audiovisual storytelling experience that showcases the stories of Afro-Latinx folks from Boston’s Latin Quarter Cultural District. Music, at the core of the project, creates spaces for reflective and healing conversations about colorism, anti-blackness, discrimination, and racism within the Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx communities.

Fabiola Méndez’ performance is funded in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the City of Somerville, and in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.