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Altagracia Diloné Levat, 57, Rye Resident

RYE, N.Y. -- Altagracia Diloné Levat, a longtime resident of Rye and director of a cultural outreach program in the Bronx died on Wednesday, April 16 in hospice. She was 57.

Levat was born in the Dominican Republic on February 19, 1957, and came to New York City at age 6. She graduated with honors in political science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

At New York City’s High School of Music and Art, she graduated at the top of her class and played viola in the All-City Orchestra.

During her tenure as head of the Alianza Project, Levat initiated and oversaw classical and folkloric music programs as well as programs in folkloric dance and art — reaching more than 1,000 children— and established partnerships and programming alliances with leading community organizations in theater and film.

Levat also served as a consultant at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, as a board member of the Alliance of Dominican Classical Artists, and as a pro bono advisor to the printmaking collective Dominican York Proyecto Gráfica. She received an Outstanding Latinas 2000 Award from el diario/La Prensa for Achievement in Communications.

Levat is survived by a son, Hadley Levat, sisters Carmen Laura Diloné, Maria Jaquez, and Josephine Tavera, New York; Noemi Diloné and Alba McDougal, Dominican Republic, and brothers Leonardo Aybar, Texas, and Enríquez McDougal, Dominican Republic.

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