Presentation of Claridad book, "Tras el lente" with Antonio Martorell at IPRAC Thursday April 19 at 5pm
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Thursday, April 19, 5pm
IPRAC Hosts  Presentation of "Claridad tras el lente" book with Antonio Martorell


A panel discussion with Master artist Antonio Martorell, Rafael Emmanuelli, Board of Directors of the newspaper of the Puerto Rican Nation, Claridad, attorney Jan Susler and photographer Elias Carmona. Vanessa Baerga, MC
Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC)
3015 W. Division St

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.
Tuesday, April 24, 5pm
Reception for documentary "Memorias de Culebra/Memories of Culebra"  


Puerto Rico, 2011, in Spanish with English Subtitles.  In Sonia Fritz' documentary fourteen elderly from Culebra tell their stories since their childhood, the games they played, the school they went to barefoot, their chores like fetching water from the well and bringing wood to cook. Then they recount their experiences when the Navy started doing military maneuvers, first interacting with the population but later bombing from the huge ships and planes.


Out of 14 protagonists 13 migrated to St. Croix, Vieques, the United States but they all eventually came back. Images by two kids metaphorically relay the continuation of this history amongst the beauty of the island.

The event will take place at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC)
3015 W. Division St


To commemorate 31 years imprisonment for OLR
Batey Urbano and Network organizing "31 Days for 31 Years"


Beginning April 29, Paseo Boricua will be witness to a group of 31 mostly young people spending 24 hours in a makeshift prison cell at Batey Urbano to simulate the 31 years Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar L�pez Rivera has spent in prison for struggling for the independence of Puerto Rico.


The ambitious effort, a joint effort of the Latin@ Coalition, Batey Urbano and NBHRN will also include letter writing to Oscar, as well as guards and will culminate in a major event commemorating his arrest and 31 years of imprisonment on Tuesday, May 29. For more info, contact [email protected]



PRCC Community Calendar

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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Program News
"Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected" Open Resounding Success


On Friday April 13th, the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture hosted the opening of its latest exhibit entitled Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected.  The opening was a resounding success by every measure and was attended by over 50 area residents and university students who were guided through the eclectic display.  Those in attendance were amazed at the various interpretations by the various artists of the concept of portability of the physical artwork, its journey here and its self reflections exploring the complex layers of social, political, and economic realities throughout the Puerto Rican diaspora.  

Carry-On explores portability through performance, painting, sculpture, photography, mix-media, sound video and more.  The exhibit displays the work of 35 contemporary artists from Puerto Rico and was exhibited by Beto Torrens and Anabel Vazquez Rodr�guez.    


View more pictures of the event at our Flickr site here...


Saturday, April 21, 1:30pm
IPRAC Puerto Rican Film Series in partnership with the UIC Latino Cultural Center and the Chicago Latino Film Festival present:  


1:30 p.m.:  "Color de Gauyaba/ The Color of Guayaba" (Drama)


Puerto Rico, 2010, 97min. Spanish with English subtitles. Director: Luis Caballero.  Whimsical folktales about guayaba come to life with the storytelling of taxi driver Bautista and his passenger Ada.  Identity, imagination, love, faith, loneliness and magic color the silver screen vividly.  Air is filled with the exotic smell of these tropical fruits as these characters personify the island charm of Puerto Rico.


3:15 p.m.:  Semi Toasted/Semi Tostado (Documentary)


Puerto Rico, 2011, 60min. Spanish with English subtitles. Director: Alejandro Wolfe. This film takes a comprehensive look at the arrested development of independent coffee farming in Puerto Rico.  As agri-business begins to engulf and overwhelm the farmers, a new pest comes into play:  La broca, a coffee borer beetle that attacks the beans from the inside out.  Now fighting two Goliaths, the farmers must preserve not only to save the year's crops, but also to ensure all those come.

The event will take place at the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC)
3015 W. Division St
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 Ram�rez at: [email protected]

Founded in 1980, the Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care Center is a full day bilingual program offering quality childcare services for children 15 months to 5 years of age. The Center was founded in response to the need for bilingual-bicultural programs in the community. We place special emphasis on Puerto Rican, Mexican and Latin American culture. The program is designed to help ease the child's transition to elementary school and aims to provide services primarily to working and student's families. Head Start collaboration with El Valor since July 2006.


We offer:
* Full day, Day Care for children 15 mos. to 3 yrs.
* Full day Head Start for children 3 to 5 yrs.
* Research based curriculum
* Family involvement
* Nutritional Meals
* Parent workshops
* Action for Children
* Private slots are available
Required Forms and Documents:
* Admission application
* Statement of Earnings
* Child's current physical examination signed by physician
* Copy child's birth certificate
* Copy child's social security card
* Dental


Enjoy "Don Oscar" Coffee available at La Cosecha and IPRAC


Caf� Don Oscar can be pur- chased for $5.99 at:


La Cosecha: 2703 W. Division St. or IPRAC: 3015 W. Division St., 773-486-8345  


Save the Date!
40th Anniversary Celebration of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School


November 9

Symposium: November 9, 2012
Gala and Reunion: November 10, 2012   

Oscar L�pez Rivera Art Exhibit Opens in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, April 20
Barranquitas embraces the freedom of Oscar L�pez Rivera and recognizes one of its own: Do�a Emma V�lez Hern�ndez

The Exhibition Antesala de la Libertad (Freedom's Waiting Room), and exposition of the art of Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar L�pez Rivera, who is presently serving is 31st year of prison for struggling for the independence of Puerto Rico, will take place from April 20 to 29 at the Museum of Anthropology and the Arts of Barranquitas. There will be appetizers, and music. One of Barranquita's foremost artists Emma V�lez Hern�ndez. For more information, contact Onelia P�rez Rivera at (787) 312-6587 or [email protected]

Comit� de Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico
Apartado 9088
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00908-9088