Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections: From France to the United States

July 18, 2015

BY JULIA GASPAR-BATES — When Juliette Fradin first arrived in the U.S. from her native France seven years ago, she was impressed with the warmth of Americans. “I was totally blown away because people here are so welcoming,” she said.  “… It’s really pleasant to live here where [read more]

Cultural Connections: Cuban immigrant comes to Hyattsville

February 15, 2015

BY JULIA GASPER-BATES — Cuban immigrant Osbel Susman-Peña discovered Hyattsville after he and his American wife, Tara, happened upon an article in The Washington Post promoting the town as an artistic community in transition. They were sold on the city when “… we saw children walking by [read more]

Cultural Connections: Meet Amadou Bakayoko

October 9, 2014

BY JULIA GASPAR-BATES — In 2011, Amadou Bakayoko and his wife discovered Hyattsville by chance while they were looking for a new home closer to Washington, D.C. “I like Hyattsville because it’s quiet, safe and you have a diverse population,” he said.“The residents are living as a [read more]

Local artist: “Art cures”

August 14, 2014

– JULIA GASPER-BATES – Argentine artist Alfredo Ratinoff believes that being a “gypsy” has shaped his identity and the creativity that fuels his work. As we chat in his [Hyattsville studio, surrounded by his sculptures and mosaics, he explains that his art reflects his experiences [read more]
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