Danny R. Peralta
Danny R. Peralta was born in The Bronx, New York City of Dominican parents. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from New York University in 2000. Since then he has dedicated his life to building community with youth and families, using the arts and leadership programming as a tool addressing marginalization. Aside from being the Executive Managing Director of THE POINT, he is also an accomplished documentary photographer and artist in the community he works in, Hunts Point in the South Bronx.
How does your current work relate to economic democracy?
THE POINT is an asset-based community development corporation that works to revitalize the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. To rebuild this community after years of underdevelopment, the community has to use its inherent passions and talents to address the marginalization it faces. After 22 years of working with artists and activists of all ages to envision and lead necessary changes, THE POINT has seen some significant gains in addressing inequality in Hunts Point - Hunts Point Riverside Park breaking ground in 2006 and the recent effort to de-commission the Sheridan Expressway - to name two. How does our community continue to benefit from the changes led from within? How are these gains leveraged to end economic poverty, and ultimately racism? These are some the questions we grapple with on a daily basis in our community via our programs and community organizing efforts.