World AIDS Day & Parranda, Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center Board of Directors, Staff and clients expresses it's sincere condolences to Jaime and Lucy Delgado and family on the recent passing of Jaime's father, Juan Delgado. Mr. Delgado was 91 years old at the time of his passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time.

Navi-Arts 2012
Dec 1-2, 2012

Navi-Jazz 2012


Venue: Roberto Clemente HS Auditorium 1147 N. Western Ave. 


Date: Friday, December 7, 2012

Time: 7pm

Price: $15.00 for Concert. 

VIP Tickets: $25.00 (Includes Concert, After Party at IPRAC 3015 W. Division, 2 Cocktails, Meet and Greet with the Artists)   


If you would like more info on John Benitez, visit


To purchase tickets, click here.

Send a Message of Love and Support to Oscar for the Holiday Season


Imprisoned since 1981, Oscar López Rivera is the longest-held political prisoner in the history of Puerto Rico and Latin America, and among the longest-held political prisoners in the US. He is a caring community organizer; a creative, self-taught artist; a voracious reader; a brilliant thinker. More importantly, he is a father and grandfather who has watched while his daughter and granddaughter grew up from behind bars. On Three Kings Day, 2013, the Twelfth Day of Christmas, he will turn 70. His release from prison is supported by numerous world leaders, as well as religious and political leaders from across the theological and political spectrum in Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rican people as a whole.

In this holy season of love and reconciliation, we ask all who love justice and freedom to write to Oscar. It is past time to bring Oscar home.

Oscar López Rivera 
FCI Terre Haute 
PO Box 33 
Terre Haute, IN 
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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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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 
English language "Oscar Lopez Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance" Available Soon on Barnes and Noble


The life story of Puerto Rican freedom fighter and leader Oscar López Rivera, outlined in this book, is one of courage, valor, and sacrifice. In 1981, Oscar was convicted of seditious conspiracy and other crimes for which he is still imprisoned, making him the longest-held political prisoner in the world. This is the story of his fight for the political independence of Puerto Rico based on letters between him and the renowned lawyer, sociologist, educator, and activist Luis Nieves Falcón. Also included is Oscar's art, including photography and paintings created in his many years behind bars. Readers will explore his early life as a Latino child growing up in the small towns of Puerto Rico, following him as an adolescent as he and his family ... Purchase the book here.
Press Conference in Orlando Fla Freedom for Oscar Lopez Rivera video


Freedom for Oscar Lopez Rivera video
Freedom for Oscar Lopez Rivera video



Community Calendar


  • Sat Dec. 1, 2012 - Puerto Rican Agenda - Puerto Rican community leadership summit on groundbreaking study of Puerto Ricans in Chicago at Roberto Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave., from 9:00am-1:00pm. 
  • Sat Dec. 1, 2012 - World AIDS Day. Altar/Christmas parranda from the Casita de Don Pedro to IPRAC starting at 2:00pm.
  • Sat Dec. 1 & Sun Dec. 2, 2012 -  A two day celebration and Christmas market featuring local artists and artisans as well as traditional Puerto Rican delicacies. Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) 3015 W. Division St. 10:00am to 4:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. Buy your coquito and order traditional Puerto Rican pasteles before the Holidays!
  • Fri Dec. 7, 2012 - 4th Annual Navi-Jazz concert featuring The John Benitez Group. Roberto Clemente High School Auditorium, 1147 N. Western Ave., from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. For tickets call 773-486-8345. 
  • Sun Dec. 16, 2012 - Pancake/Waffle Breakfast to benefit political prisoner commissary. Casa Puertorriqueña, 1237 N. California Ave., from 9:00am-12:00pm.

PRCC Program Updates

The Puerto Rican Agenda

Invites you to a  


"Taking charge of our future"  

A presentation and discussion around the report 

60 Years of Migration:

Puerto Ricans in Chicagoland


This new report covers the history and current socioeconomic state of the Puerto Rican Diaspora in the Chicago Metro Area. It focuses on housing,

economic development, education, health, culture, among other topics. We invite you all to be part of  a collaborative discussion regarding those issues that affect our community. Your voice is needed to help bring about change.


Saturday December 1st

Roberto Clemente  Community Academy

Western and Division

9 A.M. to 12 P.M

Vida/SIDA Celebrates World AIDS Day



Saturday, December 1, 2012 starting at 2:00 pm, we will meet at IPRAC to have a Procession down Division Street until La Casita de Don Pedro where we will have an Alter & Candle Vigil for all who have passed from HIV/AIDS and those living with HIV/AIDS. 




Over 55 members of the Latin American Motorcycle Association (LAMA) participated it it's Annual Toy Drove this past Sunday, November 25th in Humboldt Park.


A caravan of motorcycles left the LAMA headquarters (3519 W. Fullerton) carrying toy donations to the Institute for Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC).  


The toys will be donated to the annual Three Kings Parade held on January 6, 2013. Since 1995 the Three Kings Winter Festival & Parade has given hundreds of toys to children in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and has become a Chicago tradition. It is officially the first parade of the year in Chicago.Traditionally, the Dia de Los Reyes or Three Kings Day is celebrated on January 6th (Day of the Epiphany in the Catholic Calendar). It is the day when children receive their Christmas Holiday Gifts in Puerto Rico and in other countries where the Catholicism was prominent. Today, especially in Puerto Rico, it has become a major holiday tradition of music, gifts and song.   


For more information on the Toy Drive or how you can participate in the Three Kings Winter Festival & Parade please contact the DSBDA office at 773.782.0454.

Puerto Rican Cultural Center-IPRO Team video
Puerto Rican Cultural Center-IPRO Team video

The IIT-IPRO Team and Documenting the Digitizing Process


The IIT InterPROfessional Project (IPRO) team produced this video to illustrate the process of producing a tag system for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center documents.

A collaboration of Vida Bella Ensemble

and En Las Tablas Performing 


The Science of Women

(Hazardous When Latina)



Four Latinas take the audience of a journey that explodes the typical run-of-the-mill stereotypes of what it means to be Latina.  Poetic, funny, and poignant the women navigate love, sex, aging, and power. The audience will understand why it is a science and art to love women!


Friday, December 7 * 7:30pm

En Las Tablas Performing Arts

4111 W. Armitage Ave.



$5 Donation

The Chicago 8


Come see the new indie film The Chicago 8 starring the likes of Mayim Bialik, Gary Cole, Philip Baker Hall, Orlando Jones, and Peter Mackenzie.  In these current times with many people waking up and taking a stand against governmental regimes, this film couldn't be more relevant, especially considering the recent Chicago N.A.T.O. protest and Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

The Chicago 8 is the true story of the notorious 1968 trial that resulted when seven leaders of an anti-war movement, and a member of the Black Panthers (Bobby Seale), were charged with conspiracy to incite devastating riots in Chicago.  Desperate to stop what they saw as an ?immoral war?, this group was ready to take on the establishment, express their freedom of speech by all means necessary, while paying a price for their actions.  Never in America?s history has youthful protest captured society?s imagination nor polarized it to such a degree.  A protest paralleled in the modern era, with recent establishment uprisings on Wall Street and in the Middle East. Buy your tickets here.