Dozens of Community Artisans Participate in BAF 2012 

UCSC to Feature IPRAC and Paseo Boricua as part of Community Service Project


On Wednesday Sept 19, the University Community Service Center at the University of Chicago will provide students with service opportunities on Paseo Boricua and at IPRAC. Over two dozen students will immerse themselves in community service during the entire day, culminating with a cultural event at Batey Urbano. 

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LUCHA to Host Community Forum at IPRAC


On Wed Sept 19 from 6pm-7pm, LUCHA will host a community forum about its mural project with John Pittman Weber, Hector Duarte and John Vergara. 

Guided tours of IPRAC and the surrounding Paseo Boricua community will be available at IPRAC with Eduardo Arocho serving as a docent.  If you're interested in arranging a tour for your organization, school or church, please contact IPRAC at 773-486-8345. 

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2739-41 W. Division St
Chicago, Illinois 60622
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"Don Oscar" Coffee, Paseo Boricua Edition 


Café Don Oscar can be purchased for $5.99 at:


IPRAC: 3015 W. Division St., 773-486-8345  


Batey Urbano & The Clothing Closet

Fall Back-to-School 

Clothes Giveaway!


We have clothes for the following:

* Babies

* Toddlers 

* Boys

* Girls 

* Women

* Men  

And coats, hats, 

scarves, purses and shoes!


Sat, Sept 29, 2012,

3-6pm, Batey Urbano

2620 W. Division St. PASEO BORICUA


$2.00/bag (max 2 bags per family.)

Benefit for Batey Urbano and Centro Infantil Daycare Center

The Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture & Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer invite you to

A Taste of 

Puerto Rico 



Local chefs will create delicious and healthy dishes with the freshly harvested produce. Come enjoy A Taste of Puerto Rico, a fundraiser which includes performances by the Children of Centro Infantil and Bomba and Plena by students of Pedro Albizu Campos High School and Nuestro Tambo.


WHERE: Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture 

3015 W. Division Chicago Il. 60622  

WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2012

 5:00pm to 9:00pm 

$25 Donation

PRCC Program Updates

Dozens of Community Artisans Participate in Barrio Arts Fest 2012

On Sat Sept. 15 and Sun Sept, IPRAC sponsored its annual Barrio Arts Fest, which included educational activities in art, culture and music for the entire family. Dozens of artisans from the community sold their wear, performed their talent and exhibited their art work. Hundreds participated.


Preparations are now in the works for the annual Navi-Arts Christmas market, December 2nd and 3rd. For more information, contact Brenda Torres at


Advocate Bethany Health Fund Holds Grantee Networking Event at IPRAC


On Sept 13, 2012 from 4:30pm-7:30pm, more than 100 grantees and members of the board of the Bethany Health Fund delighted in Puerto Rican food and on a lively exchange about Advocate Bethany Health Fund. Over the last five years the Advocate Bethany Health Fund has awarded 183 grants and nearly 5 million in grants and services to organizations in its targeted communities: Austin, Garfield, Humboldt Park and North Lawndale. 

PRCC General Assembly Dedicated to Grito de Lares & PACHS 40th Anniversary


On Friday Sept 21 at 4pm the PRCC will hold its monthly general assembly meeting which will be dedicated to the celebration of the Grito de Lares and a celebration of the 40th anniversary of PACHS. This will be held at the 72 Block/Diabetes Empowerment Center. Everyone is invited. 

"Document it! Digitize it! Distribute it!"


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) students have once again joined a class, "History in 3D (Document it! Digitize it! Distribute it!), to work on designing a document management process for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC).  This semester thirteen students from have read about Paseo Boricua and visited the Puerto Rican Cultural Center to learn more about the Puerto Rican community and Cultural Center.  Now they are ready to get to work!  This semester's team of students will use the tagging system that last semester's group of IIT students developed to scan, label, and put on the web the stacks of materials that the PRCC has amassed during the last forty years.  The goal this semester is to develop a test bed to make sure the tagging system works, scan as many documents and other materials as possible, and produce a manual that explains the process so that other people can finish scanning the PRCC's materials.  Faculty members John Dorr and Margaret Power are coordinating the class, as they did last semester.
El Grito de Lares in the Diaspora dedicated to Oscar López Rivera
Philadelphia, PA
Concert with "El Topo", Sat, Sept. 29, Rest, Tierra Columbiana. Dedicated to Oscar López Rivera. More info: 215-667-5296
Orlando, FL 
The Red Nacional Pro Derechos Humanos Puertorriquenos - Orange County Chapter will Commemorate this Glorious Patriotic Event with a Tertulia Cultural on Sunday, September 23 which will take place in the Banquet Room of Denny's Restaurant located in 400 So. Semoran & Lake Underhill from 3:30PM to 6:30PM. Puerto Rican History Professor Ney Rivera will electrify the audience with his dissertation of the meaning of this transcendental happening in Human History and its meaning to Puerto Ricans anywhere in the world. Children & youth are welcome!
Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Norberto González Claudio to be sentenced Sept. 27
Next Thursday, September 27, in Hartford Ct. Puerto Rican political prisoner Norberto Gonzalez Claudio will be sentenced. Norberto is accused of participating in the 7.1 million dollar Wells Fargo expropriation of 1983 claimed by the Macheteros. Norberto was arrested by the FBI in May of 2011 after nearly 26 years underground. His family, compañeros(as) and friends, will be present at the Federal Court in Hartford to support him. 
IPRAC events Sept-Oct


A Taste of Puerto Rico

Thursday, October 4, 2012

5:00 p.m. - 9:00p.m.

$25 Donation

IPRAC and Centro Infantil Consuelo Lee Corretjer invite you to enjoy "A Taste of Puerto Rico."  Local chefs will create delicious and healthy dishes with freshly harvested produce at IPRAC. This fundraiser includes lively performances by the children of Centro Infantil as well as students of Pedro Albizu Campos H.S. and Nuestro Tambo. 


Open House Chicago - Humboldt Park

Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Have you ever walk by the old "castle-like" building the corner of Division Street and Sacramento and thought, I wonder what that is or what's inside?

Now you can. In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation's Open House Chicago you will have a "behind the scenes" tour of this architecturally ornate building.  The restored Humboldt Park Stables now houses the Institute for Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC), including an important collection of Puerto Rican artwork by local and international artists. Come view the former office of renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen and learn how IPRAC is a place where preservation truly meets inspiration.


Puerto Rican Writers Conference of Chicago

Friday, October 5th at 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 6th at 11 a.m.

By Invitation only

Puerto Rican writers of Chicago gather to address the challenges and possibilities in terms of their literary creativity.