New Exhibit "Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected" Opening at IPRAC Friday April 13th at 6pm
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FRI APRIL 13, 2012 - Opening of the exhibit "Carry On" - 6pm.  IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.  

THURS APRIL 19, 2012 - Book Presentation of Tras El Lente with Antonio Martorell - 5pm.  IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.  

FRI APRIL 20, 2012 - 40th Anniversary of Que Ondee Sola - 5pm.  NEIU Alumni Hall,  5500 North St. Louis Avenue. By reservation only.    

SAT APRIL 21, 2012 - Puerto Rican Films in partnership with the UIC Latino Cultural Center and the Chicago Latino Film Festival - 1:30pm.  IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.  

*    "Color de Guayaba"
*    "Semi-tostado"

TUES APRIL 24, 2012 - Reception with Puerto Rican filmmaker Sonia Fritz and a presentation of her documentary "Culebra" - 5pm.  IPRAC, 3015 W. Division St.
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IPRAC Hosts Book Presentation of Claridad tras el lente with Antonio Martorell


On April 19th at 6pm, IPRAC will host a book presentation of "Claridad tras el lente" with master Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell. Martorell, who designed the cover of the book, will present the bilingual edition of the book whose pages depict an alternative look at Puerto Rican history in the last 50 years. Hard cover copies of the book will be available for $90 and soft cover copies will be available for $60. For more information on the book and presentation, please visit IPRAC.


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3rd Annual DREAM Gala
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Friday, April 27, 2012
The Living Room Lounge
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Chicago, IL 60608,
7pm - 12am

100% of the proceeds will benefit the Dream Scholarship Fund

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Program News
New Exhibit "Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected" Opening at IPRAC Friday April 13th at 6pm


The Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC), on April 13, 2012 will be presenting the third incarnation of "Carry-On:  Puerto Rico Inspected."  This multi-media contemporary exhibition glimpses into the vehement beauty of the work that is being produced in Puerto Rico and its diasporas.  First exhibited in Villa Victoria Center for Arts in Boston, MA at the beginning of fall 2011, and then in New York City at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center during the winter of 2011, "Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected" has become a nomad sort of exhibit that needs to carry-on.  


The dynamic national-transnational collaboration aims to extend boundaries and create a dialogue on the movement of contemporary arts and culture.

For more information contact Julio Urrutia at 315-427-4351 or via email at  Visit our website at or find us on Facebook at or on Twitter at


Apply Now for Your Child! PRCC Licensed Childcare Serves 50 Children 15 mos to 6 yrs 


Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center childcare, is now fully licensed by the Illinois Department of Family Services to service 50 children, ages 15 months to 6 years. This increases the PRCC's capacity to serve more infant and toddlers in our community. For more info contact Xochitl Ramírez at:

Did you know that


1 in 4 children in Humboldt Park have asthma.


If you know a child who suffers from both asthma and weight problems, contact Project CURA today to learn about local services. 312-942-9980.  

Clemente High School to College Pipeline Program with Culture of Calm Initiated 


A group of 42 Clemente High School students will be worked with to ensure their acceptance and attendance to NEIU or Columbia College next fall.  Jessie Fuentes, Juan Morales and Matt McCanna will be working with these students to provide them with the support and guidance through the college application and acclimation process.

This effort is part of the community wide education plan, the Community As A Campus.  For more information on how to get involved contact Julio Urrutia at 

Intifada Records "La Estrella de Valor" at Batey Urbano


On Saturday April 7, 2012 the Puerto Rican hip-hop duo of Intifada recorded their new track "La Estrella de Valor" dedicated to Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera. This epic song talks of Oscar's life from the jungles of Vietnam to the jungles of Chicago and about the struggle for Puerto Rico's independence. Seeing the importance of a community youth space in the area Oscar did much of his community organizing, Intifada wanted to record "La Estrella de Valor" in Batey Urbano. He was welcomed with a revamped recording studio, two recording specialists, as well as a film crew producing a music video for the song. The duo was the first to bless the new microphone in the studio, a sign that great things are bound to happen in Batey Urbano. Thank you Intifada!


IPRO Update


The IPRO team at IIT has made a significant amount of progress in the digital documentation project they have undertaken. The PRCC has a tremendous amount of resources, however these resources are not in the proper medium and hence many researchers, students and even members of the general public who wish to see them are unable to do so. The IPRO team is working to make these documents more accessible by digitizing them and tagging them so that an individual can easily find and view what they are looking for from the PRCC's vast library of material.


To date the IPRO team has defined a controlled vocabulary for their tagging system so that uniformity is maintained in tagging all the documents. In addition to that, they have devised a way to digitize artifacts from the PRCC library that are not standard or typical in nature, such as flags, larger fliers, and political buttons. The team plans on taking pictures of these objects as a substitute to scanning them. The IPRO has also devised a plan to address the organization and storage of the physical documents and artifacts. Each digital document will have attached with it an index number, which will refer to its physical location in a bin and file folder. The team plans on having a prototype box prepared by mid April. This box along with the digital documentation system will be presented to the PRCC so that their input can be received. Also, the IPRO team just received funding to continue for another semester, so faculty advisors are currently working to create a team for the upcoming semester that will finish off any remaining work and go into the testing and training phase of the design.
Over 80 Puerto Rican Students from Cleveland Visit IPRAC and Batey Urbano


On Monday, April 9th, over 80 Puerto Rican high school students came to Chicago to visit Humboldt Park and learn about the history of Chicago's Puerto Rican community. They were given a tour of IPRAC and learned about all the exciting things happening at the only museum in the United States dedicated to promoting Puerto Rican arts and culture.

They were treated to several spoken word performances by members of the Batey Urbano, as well as an overview of the work of the Batey including its work on creating a high school to college pipeline which would get 42 Roberto Clemente High School students into college.