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  1. 2. <ul><li>F ounded in 1973, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center Juan Antonio Corretjer is a non-profit, community-based umbrella institution, which seeks to serve the social/cultural needs of Chicago’s Puerto Rican/Latino community. It is built on the following principles: a philosophy  of self-determination, a methodology of self-actualization and critical thought, and an ethics of self-reliance best expressed in the motto, “To live and help to live.” </li></ul>PRCC VISION STATEMENT 100x35=A Year Long Puerto Rican Cultural Center Celebration
  2. 3. <ul><li>All of the PRCC’s programs encourage participants to think critically about their reality and to promote an ethics of self-reliance based on social responsibility. They deal with health, social, and cultural issues that affect Puerto Rican/Latino and poor communities, such as AIDS, education, literacy, housing, homophobia, drug addiction, gang violence, teen pregnancy, police brutality, racism, economic and community development and human rights violations. </li></ul>PRCC MISSION STATEMENT 100x35=A Year Long Puerto Rican Cultural Center Celebration
  3. 4. <ul><li>PRCC Philosophy & Programs 2009-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>The PRCC promotes the self-actualization and self-determination of the Puerto Rican/Latino community through the study and creation of Puerto Rican culture, and through social activism. These efforts are carried out through programs such as public murals projects, the Casita Project, the People’s Parade, Fiesta Boricua and the Community as Intellectual Space Conference. The PRCC has also been involved in such human rights campaigns as the defense of political prisoners, the struggle for peace in Vieques, the defense of undocumented immigrants and against the criminalization of youth. </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Named after the Puerto Rican poet, educator and pianist Consuelo Lee Corretjer (1904-1988) </li></ul><ul><li>bilingual childcare/Headstart, in partnership wth El Valor </li></ul><ul><li>Child Care and Head Start for children ages 2 (if potty trained) to 5 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded services and capacity to include children ages 15 to 24 months </li></ul><ul><li>It places special emphasis on Puerto Rican and Latin American culture as well as language retention. </li></ul>CONSUELO LEE CORRETJER DAY CARE CENTER 2739 W. Division St, 773/342-8866
  5. 6. <ul><li>Dedicated in 1979 by the Puerto Rican national poet and revolutionary leader Juan Antonio Corretjer, the Andrés Figueroa Cordero Library has become a source for many Chicago-area students researching the Puerto Rican reality. </li></ul><ul><li>The Library is at the epicenter of all the information technology involving the PRCC’s direct and affiliate programs, as well as it’s community informatics partnership with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. </li></ul>THE ANDRÉS FIGUEROA CORDERO MEMORIAL LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION CENTER
  6. 7. <ul><li>The Library, which houses nearly 10,000 volumes of books and documents, is divided into three sections: </li></ul><ul><li>--- The Joan Nicklin Third World Collection — a special collection comprised of books on African American; Latin American, Women’s and Puerto Rican history and culture. </li></ul><ul><li>--- The Sala Albizu-Corretjer , a permanent display of rare historical objects, newspapers, photos, and books of the Puerto Rican experience with a focus on the Puerto Rican independence movement from the Grito de Lares to the present. </li></ul><ul><li>--- El Rinconcito del Niño - a children’s section of bilingual books for youngsters from newborns to 7-year-olds and serves as a space for reading and storytelling . </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>This Puerto Rican/Latino youth-run space exists with a threefold purpose: </li></ul><ul><li>a) to showcase the talents of the area’s youth (hip hop, poetry with a purpose, music) </li></ul><ul><li>b) to link Puerto Rican/Latino students in the area universities with the community, particularly through publications and performances; </li></ul><ul><li>and c) to provide a place in which older youth share their creative skills in a process of social ecology with younger people, (i.e. graffiti, skateboarding, internet radio production and recording, photography, creative writing, theater). </li></ul>Café Teatro Batey Urbano 2620 W. Division St, 773/342-1714
  8. 9. <ul><li>Founded in 2004, La Voz del Paseo Boricua, or simply “La Voz” as called by our readership, is a grassroots bilingual periodical published by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. </li></ul><ul><li>As an alternative source of media, we seek to acknowledge the achievements of the Puerto Rican community at large and advocate for the preservation of the heart of our barrio in Humboldt Park - nuestro pedacito de patria en Chicago . </li></ul><ul><li>For more information, contact Jonathan Rivera Lizardi at 773/227-7794 or by email </li></ul>  LA VOZ DEL PASEO BORICUA 1112 N. California Ave, 773/227-7794
  9. 10. <ul><li>Since 1988, Vida/SIDA has worked to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, support for individuals and families struggling to live with this infection, and advocacy/community organizing.  </li></ul><ul><li>Vida/SIDA reaches out to  at-risk individuals ages 12 to adult in the predominantly Puerto Rican/Latino, Chicago communities of West Town, Logan Square and Humboldt Park . </li></ul>VIDA/SIDA 2703 W. Division St, 773/278-6737
  10. 11. <ul><li>Services include : </li></ul><ul><li>Peer to Peer outreach , </li></ul><ul><li>group workshops, and discussion groups for high risk men, women and men who have sex with men (MSM),  </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/STD counseling and testing, </li></ul><ul><li>and free condom distribution. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Vida/SIDA also: </li></ul><ul><li>--- commemorates World Aids Day every first of December </li></ul><ul><li>--- sponsors cultural performances with culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS prevention messages; </li></ul><ul><li>--- is a founding member of the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness ( a consortium of community organizations dedicated to addressing the health concerns of the Puerto Rican/Latino community ) . </li></ul><ul><li>For the past twenty years, Vida/SIDA has been the pioneer organization in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Chicago’s Puerto Rican/Latino community. For more information on Vida/SIDA , please call 773/278-6737. </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>The construction of the Casita began when the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School reached an agreement with architreasures, inc. to develop a community-based a garden-gallery. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and students of the school, along with young people, children and adults, began work in the summer of 1997. </li></ul>LA CASITA DE DON PEDRO 2625 W. Division St .
  13. 14. <ul><li>In September of 1997, as part of the Fourth Fiesta Boricua, the Casita was inaugurated, including : a gallery (a batey ), garden and the Statue of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos. </li></ul><ul><li>Since the spring of 1998, La Casita has offered a variety of cultural services to the community. The gallery holds a collection of Puerto Rican photography and artisanry, and during the summer months hosts Plena and Bomba workshops offered free to the community. </li></ul><ul><li>Every year, the Casita hosts a summer long Puerto Rican artisan market, where local artisans sell their creations as well as impart their creativity. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information on the Casita schedule of events, email </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>From September 12, 1991 to September 12, 1993, the Puerto Rican community of Chicago, in its attempt to honor the memory of one of Puerto Rico’s most important and towering political figures of the 20th century- Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos, joined a movement to celebrate his centennial during that three year period. </li></ul><ul><li>A campaign was launched to erect a statue inside Chicago’s Humboldt Park. </li></ul><ul><li>A major controversy ensued , which resulted in the Park District denying the community a permit to place the statue. </li></ul><ul><li>T o address the immediate need of placing the statue in a temporary location, many Puerto Rican activists, educators, students and community organizations established the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Museum of Puerto Rican History and Culture. </li></ul><ul><li>I t was housed in a historic church that because of its founder’s activism, came to be known as the “Red Church” . </li></ul>The Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Gallery and archival collection
  15. 16. <ul><li>During its short history, the Museum sponsored visits from some of Puerto Rico’s premier artists and thinkers: </li></ul><ul><li>The Ballets de San Juan, Puerto Rican painter Dennis Mario Rivera </li></ul><ul><li>Puerto Rican anthropologist and artisan Ramon López </li></ul><ul><li>Tony Castillo, Father Rodríguez </li></ul><ul><li>S ociologist Dr. Luis Nieves Falcón </li></ul><ul><li>H istorian Dr. Juan Angel Silen </li></ul><ul><li>A uthor Piri Thomas, an d </li></ul><ul><li>E ducator Dr. Aurea Rodríguez, among others. </li></ul><ul><li>In1997, a decision was made to close the Museum for the following reasons: </li></ul><ul><li>1) the building was sold for development </li></ul><ul><li>2) the establishment of La Casita de Don Pedro provided a permanent home for the statue, as well as some of the Museum’s collection </li></ul><ul><li>3) the establishment of the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) filled the void for a museum in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, </li></ul><ul><li>4) the possible expansion of the PRCC physical space would provide a place for  the Museum’s archival collection. </li></ul><ul><li>These materials, which are presently in storage, will form the basis of what will be a gallery and archival center at the PRCC Annex at 2700 W. Haddon. </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>CO-OP HP is a community intervention program created to prevent and reduce the levels of obesity in East Humboldt Park </li></ul><ul><li>Organized and directed by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, CO-OP HP is partnered with the Sinai Urban Health Institute (SUHI), the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) and other community organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>A community survey, The Community Survey in Humboldt Park: Preventing Obesity and Improving Health , was developed and distributed in the summer of 2005. The findings clearly show that community intervention was needed to improve the general health of the community. The Market Basket Program, Farmer’s Market, Muévete, and the ProduceMobile are programs organized by CO - OP HP. </li></ul>CO-OP HUMBOLDT PARK 2703 W. Division St • 773/278-6737
  17. 18. <ul><li>Muévete: This all age, beginner level aerobics club for women and mothers supports the physical activity initiatives as well provides social support. </li></ul><ul><li>The class meets three times a week for an hour in the gym of the Humboldt Park Field House. The workout includes warm up exercises, an dance aerobic workout, abdominal exercises and ends with stretching and deep breathing. </li></ul><ul><li>Muévete also conducts free technical assistance for agencies and organizations that would like to establish physical activity for community residents. Thus far, CO-OP HP has assisted West Humboldt Park Development Council and Von Humboldt School in developing or improving physical activity interventions in Humboldt Park and West Town. </li></ul>
  18. 19. <ul><li>Founded in January 2004, the Humboldt Park Participatory Democracy Project (PD) began engaging residents in a serious dialogue meant to insert longtime residents into the process of building the future of Humboldt Park. </li></ul><ul><li>With a holistic approach, PD seeks to encourage active participation in community building as strategy to stabilize and preserve longstanding homes and organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Through education, relationship building, and community engagement, the Humboldt Park Participatory Democracy Project hopes to combat displacement by establishing and nourishing spaces of creative connections for the residents of this community. </li></ul>Humboldt Park Participatory Democracy Project 1112 N. California Ave 773/227-7794
  19. 20. <ul><li>The Barrio Arts, Culture, and Communication s Academy (BACCA) engages youth Humboldt Park and develops their creative talents and skills in the areas of theater, newspaper development, radio, photography, and film/TV, while also promoting community-based civic engagement. This technologically focused program includes workshop s , tutoring, and hands-on instruction geared towards providing youth the opportunity to express themselves . </li></ul><ul><li>As an after-school program, BACCA seeks to also address the problem of high school dropout rates in our community. Recognizing that the school dropout rate directly correlates to other indicators of risk, this after-school program is designed to mix culture, community, and technology across a range of media to encourage participants to transform their communit y. </li></ul>Barrio A rts, C ommunication s And C ulture A cademy (BACCA )
  20. 21. <ul><li>Since 1995, the Three Kings WinterFest is celebrated on January 6, the Epiphany and has become a tradition embraced by the entire community. Children carol Puerto Rican aguinaldos from business to business and the Three Magi, volunteers from the Latin American Motorcycle Association (LAMA), lead a procession down Division St along Paseo Boricua, joined by thousands, in a carnival-like atmosphere with children singing aguinaldos accompanied by bomba and plena music. </li></ul><ul><li>The parade is followed by a cultural program at the Humboldt Park Fieldhouse, where more than 5,000 gifts are distributed annually to the children of the community. This event is co-sponsored by a host of community organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>A recent highlight of the celebration of the navidades on Paseo Boricua has been the street lighting ceremony when dozens of images, designed by a Puerto Rican artisan, hanging from the lightposts, are lighted. </li></ul>Annual E vents Three Kings Winterfest and Street Lighting Ceremony
  21. 22. <ul><li>Celebrated since 1978, this Parade showcases Puerto Rican art, culture and music without the adulterated depictions which traditional ethnic parades undergo as a result of commercialization. </li></ul><ul><li>The Puerto Rican People’s Parade, in a celebratory and carnival-like environment, frames the Puerto Rican cultural experience within the language of social criticism and the discourse of possibilities. The Puerto Rican People’s Parade is held annually to coincide with the celebration of the official Puerto Rican Day Parade. It is always programmed several hours after the downtown parade, in order to complement it, and not compete with it. For more information contact Leony Calderón at 773/278-6737 or </li></ul>The Puerto Rican People’s Parade: 3 2 Years in the Making
  22. 23. <ul><li>This festival has become synonymous with Paseo Boricua and all that this area offers to our community. Fiesta Boricua celebrates the best of Puerto Rican talent and musical culture, just as Paseo Boricua makes visible a permanent corridor through the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. “De Bandera a Bandera” (From Flag to Flag) is the slogan which the organizers have chosen for this cultural encounter on Division Street. </li></ul><ul><li>This annual celebration draws over 250,000 people, and showcases the diversity of Puerto Rican musical expression, from plena and bomba to Salsa and merengüe, from rock en Español to Latino rap. Fiesta Boricua has featured legendary Puerto Rican musical figures including Willie Colón, Andy Montañez, El Topo, Andrés Jiménez , and Roy Brown. In addition to the rich musical experience, Fiesta Boricua provides a day of total immersion into Puerto Rican culture - from food to artisanry, from art exhibits to children’s entertainment. </li></ul>20 10 -1 7 Years of Fiesta Boricua
  23. 24. <ul><li>Every October 31st, Paseo Boricua is transformed into a fun-filled, family-oriented and safe Halloween celebration on Division St. Throughout the street, businesses distribute candy, childrens’ faces are painted, and kids are engaged in historically relevant and culturally appropriate activites. </li></ul><ul><li>Young people from the Batey and the Pedro Albizu Campos High School help to decorate the nearly mile-long strip. It is an event that is co-sponsored by Division Street Business Development Association . </li></ul>Haunted P aseo Boricua
  24. 25. <ul><li>The PRCC participates actively in the efforts of the Humboldt Park Empowerment Partnership (HPEP), the Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA), and the Puerto Rican Agenda in developing strategies and formulating plans, programs and designs for the overall redevelopment of the West Town/Humboldt Park community, including the area known as Paseo Boricua. These include the following: </li></ul><ul><li>• Creating the Puerto Rican Institute of Art and Culture (IPRAC); </li></ul><ul><li>• Beautifying Paseo Boricua; </li></ul><ul><li>• Developing economic and commercial projects including a Puerto Rican- focused restaurant district in Paseo Boricua and commercial strips on North Avenue and Division Street (west of Humboldt Park) </li></ul>C ommunity Economic Development