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Mission Statement
PAMAR & Annual Latin American Cultural Week
PAMAR & Education
PAMAR & The Arts

PAMAR Board

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Mission Statement


Pan American Musical Art Research, Inc., (PAMAR) is a 501c3 non-profit organization seeking to promote a better understanding and coexistence between the various cultures and countries of the Americas, primarily through an ongoing and vital exchange of their artistic fields including music, dance, theater, film, visual arts and literature, and through educational programs. PAMAR reaches out to people of all ages, backgrounds, and communities, to spread awareness of the richness and value of the culture of Latin America, and makes efforts to provide the underserved student population with high quality music opportunities and programs.

Founded in 1984 in New York City by Uruguayan born pianist Polly Ferman, PAMAR has showcased presentations of different artists of diverse Pan American origin, and has become an important resource center for artists, educators and the public seeking information on the myriad artists of the Americas. PAMAR has relied on government and foundation grants, and most heavily in recent years on in-kind, Board Member and individual contributions and on the efforts of many volunteers. In 2005, PAMAR launched new vision programs for the organization to take it to the next level - creating two projects to help it in achieving its mission of serving both the adult and youth populations of NYC: the “Latin American Cultural Week” and “A Musical Journey Through Latin America”. In October 2006, PAMAR received a special citation from New York City Council Member, Mr. Daniel Garodnick recognizing the outstanding value of the organization, “worthy of the esteem of both the community and the great City of New York” for sparking City-wide interest and support. In 2008 LACW got the official City’s and Mayor’s support and endorsement, becoming the Official NYC Latin American Cultural Week of NYC.


Through our mission, we:

Celebrate, cultivate and preserve the cultural heritage of the various cultures and countries of the Americas through music and the arts.
Provide the New York City community with a broad spectrum of learning, performing and listening opportunities in the arts of the Americas showcasing the best expressions of the Latin American culture and the arts.
Promote a greater awareness for the richness of our multi-cultural community. Foster intercultural understanding, appreciation and cooperation.
Act as a resource center for those interested in the artistic expression and artists of the various cultures and countries of the Americas.
Promote a greater recognition of the artistry born from Latin America to encourage people of Latino heritage to build a deeper pride in them selves, and promoting people of all ethnic backgrounds to respect and recognize the unique talents and treasures that every culture has to offer.
Meet the needs of a diverse student population for creative and qualitative instruction in music and the arts.

PAMAR's programs support its mission to reach out to a broad community: from those of Latin American heritage assimilated into US culture, to the populations of Latin immigrants who remain relatively isolated from the larger NY community, to non-Latins in the US - all who can enjoy the richness of the art and culture that has influenced our mainstream collective culture today.

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PAMAR & Annual Latin American Cultural Week

PAMAR’s largest impact program was successfully implemented in November 2006 reaching out to more than 400,000 individuals through a worldwide promotional and marketing campaign. The Latin American Cultural Week (LACW) provides the New York City community with a broad spectrum of performing and listening opportunities in the arts of the Americas. Pamar has developed relationships with arts organizations and artists throughout the City and organized a celebration of what they collectively do.

More than 36 institutions and individuals participated in the inaugural year of the LACW, by celebrating the richness and diversity of the cultures of the Americas. Venues throughout the City hosted presentations of music, dance, film, theater, literature, visual and performing artists from or influenced by the diverse countries of Latin America. Among them, we can mention the American Symphony Orchestra, Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Instituto Cervantes, El Museo del Barrio, Americas Society, Cuban Artist Fund, Music Artist Guild, Jose Limon Dance Company, and Repertorio Espanol.

Showcasing the best expressions of the Latin American culture and the arts. Through the LACW we are promoting a greater recognition of the artistry born from Latin America, fostering people of all ethnic backgrounds to respect and recognize the unique talents and treasures that every culture has to offer, spreading a greater awareness for the richness of our multi-cultural community, and advocating for intercultural understanding, appreciation and cooperation.

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PAMAR & Education

PAMAR is dedicated to bringing innovative programs to NYC public schools. “A Musical Journey Through Latin America” introduces Latin American music through their cultural roots, instruments and songs, allowing children to learn and appreciate the great influence it has had on our culture today. Our programs encourage kids of Latino heritage to build a deeper knowledge of their roots and pride in themselves, and promote children of all ethnic backgrounds to enjoy and appreciate these art forms. The classes combine performance by authentic, accomplished and charismatic Latin American musical groups/ teaching-artists with an interactive learning experience exploring the rhythms and melodies of Latin America. Schools may choose from one day workshop to a twelve-week program to meet their specific needs and lessons are designed following the National and State Standards, providing the classroom teachers with pre and post program activities to integrate into the curriculum.

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PAMAR & The Arts

PAMAR plays a significant role as a cultural contributor by sponsoring presentations of musicians, dancers and composers of diverse Pan American origin including those of Latin American, Caribbean and North American heritage.

PAMAR fosters and supports both emerging and well-known artists in a variety of genres, including: classical, folk, popular and contemporary music.

PAMAR works cooperatively with other local, national and international organizations to develop dynamic programming of rarely heard combinations of arts and artists.

PAMAR is an important resource center for artists, educators and the public seeking information on the myriad array of musicians, composers and dancers of the Americas. Artists are also provided with career counseling and referrals.

PAMAR supports music and dance performances, master classes, seminars, lecture-demonstrations, radio and television programs, CD recordings and arts-in-education programs.

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PAMAR Board

Honorary President
Placido Domingo

Honorary Board Members
Paquito D' Rivera
Paloma Herrera
Tania Leon



Founder / Ceo
Polly Ferman


Chairman
Alex Krell,


Board Members
Aurora Belliard, Secretary
Mario Diament
George Falu
Jacqueline Gonzalez

Ximena Hidalgo Ayala
Herbert Hoffman
Mary Kilgarriff
Roberto Krell, Treasurer
Sylvia McCausland
Violy McCausland - Seve
Luis Rios - ALvarez
Carlos Rizowy
Pola Schijman
Richard S. Weinert
Luz Miriam Toro
y Board


Advisory Board
Daniel Binelli
Daniel Fetecua
Claudia Jacques
German Jaramillo
Cristina Kilberg
Asher Remy-Toledo
Cesar Reyes
Jovino Santos Neto


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