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  • rsvped for PR Cultural Preservation Roundtable 2021-05-18 10:49:03 -0400

    Puerto Rican Cultural Preservation Roundtable - Encuento

    Parades, festivals, fairs and cultural presentations celebrate and promote our shared Puerto Rican cultural and social identity, heritage and values passed down from generation to generation.

     


    Cultural expressions and preservation organizations have long played an integral role in engaging our Puerto Rican communities across the United States. It is through our appreciation of cultural expressions that we can learn more about and communicate our history, culture, and traditions. They help to engage the Diaspora and showcase the creativity of individuals and groups. Cultural expressions include parades, festivals, fairs, music, dance, art, crafts, instruments, and narratives, or many other artistic or cultural expressions that form part of the identity and heritage of our communities throughout the United States.

    In collaboration with the National Puerto Rican Agenda, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies will host, The Puerto Rican Cultural Preservation Roundtable - Encuento on Saturday, May 22nd 12:00 Noon – 3:00 PM EST (11:00 AM CST | 9:00 AM PDT). cultural preservation and expression practitioners from around the United States will discuss the challenges faced by organizations sponsoring and organizing parades, festivals and cultural events during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The following 3 panels are planned:

    Best Practices: Forming & Maintaining Federal 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Status

    • Adonis Banegas, Executive Director, El Concilio, Philadelphia, PA
    • Ululy Rafael Martinez, Attorney, New York, NY

    Cultural Preservation Through the Arts: Virtual Celebrations and Presentations during the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Billy Ocasio, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, Chicago, IL
    • Carmen Febo-San Miguel, Executive Director, Taller Puertorriqueño, Philadelphia, PA

    Parades & Festivals: Alternative Plans During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    How Puerto Rican parades and festivals have adapted to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Louis Maldonado, Board Chair, National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP), New York, NY
    • Joe Rodriguez, President and Co-Founder, Puerto Ricans United, Inc. (PRU), New Haven, CT

    Co-Sponsor:

    Nilda Iris Ruiz, President, National Puerto Rican Agenda

    Since 2018, Nilda Ruiz has been President of the National Puerto Rican Agenda, a national nonprofit advocacy organization created to unite, educate, and create solutions for the Puerto Rican people both state-side and on the island. She is a respected community leader and multi-award recipient for her transformative work with the Puerto Rican/Latino, African American, and other economically distressed families in Eastern Philadelphia, PA.  As the President/CEO of Asociación Puertorriqueños En Marcha, Inc. in Philadelphia, Nilda has establish APM as one of the most prominent Puerto Rican/Latino founded agencies in the nation securing over a $150-million in investments the underserved community of Eastern Philadelphia.  In 2013, APM completed Paseo Verde, a $48-million certified triple LEED Neighborhood Development, mixed-use, mixed-housing project which was the first in the country to receive that designation, and only second in the World. https://www.puertoricanagenda.org  www.apmphila.org

    Moderator:

    Juan J. González, Esq. – Chair, NPRA Cultural Affirmation Committee

    Mr. Gonzalez chairs the Cultural Affirmation Committee for the National Puerto Rican Agenda (NPRA), a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to serving the Puerto Rican community in the U.S. Juan has also served as Parade Coordinator for the San Juan Bautista Parade in Camden, NJ since 1989. He has held numerous official positions within the organization as a life-long member of the parade, including President and Vice President.  “JuanGo” pursued his passion for celebrating, promoting, and preserving Puerto Rican culture by organizing annual conferences of the Puerto Rican Parades and Festivals (1997-2013), serving as Parade Coordinator of the Atlantic City Puerto Rican Parade (2008-2013), and volunteering on the National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NYC), as well as parades in Philadelphia, PA, Trenton and Vineland, NJ.  Mr. Gonzalez is a licensed attorney and sole practitioner specializing in Criminal and Family Law matters.

    Panelists:

    Adonis Banegas, Executive Director, El Concilio

    Adonis Banegas

    Since 2016, Adonis Banegas has served as the Executive Director of The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia (El Concilio). As Executive Director of El Concilio, Banegas oversees programs that provide social, educational, cultural, preventative and intervention services to underserved families in the Philadelphia region. www.elconcilio.net/


    Dr. Carmen Febo-San Miguel, Executive Director, Taller Puertorriqueño

    Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel became Executive Director of Taller Puertorriqueño in 1999. Under her tenure the organization has grown from a budget of $600,000 to a budget of $1.3 million. During this time she has also led the artistic program by: developing new collaborations to exhibit Taller’s art collection off-site; expanding artist residencies into the Philadelphia School District and nearby charter schools; established the Visítenos arts outreach program; coordinated the annual arts festival, Feria del Barrio; overseeing conceptualizing and installing of nearly 130 exhibitions; and garnered national recognition through grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Knight Foundation, NEA and others. https://tallerpr.org

    Louis Maldonado, Board Chair of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade  

    Louis is an award-winning marketing strategist and communications professional that specializes in multicultural advertising and marketing. Louis currently serves as Board Chair of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, where he has been instrumental in ushering in a new era for this iconic institution. In 2020, City & State, the premier media organization dedicated to covering New York’s local and state politics and policy, named Louis as one of the “Latino Power 100,” a list of distinguished leaders that have helped promote and shape diversity in New York. He was also recognized by the ANA Educational Foundation (AEF) as one of their “50 AEF Talent Champions,” which includes noteworthy individuals that represent Fortune 100 companies leading advertising agencies, publishers and other media companies that have helped promote the study of marketing and advertising by fostering ties between their industries and academia.  www.nprdpinc.org/

    Ululy Rafael Martinez, Attorney and former Vice Chairman of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade 

    Ululy Rafael Martinez began his legal career in public service as a staff attorney for the Bronx Defenders. Ululy’s interactions with the local community, as a public defender, lead him to accept a position as General Counsel to a New York City Council Member. Ululy acted as a legal resource to constituents trying to navigate housing, debt, bankruptcy, social security, judicial proceedings and not-for-profit matters. He has served as Vice Chairperson and Executive Board member for the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.

    Billy Ocasio, President & Chief Executive Officer, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

    Billy Ocasio has served as Executive Director of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC) since 2012. NMPRAC is the only museum in the country outside of Puerto Rico dedicated exclusively to Puerto Rican arts and culture. Under Billy Ocasio’s leadership, the museum’s budget has tripled, staffing has grown, and visitor attendance has increased 67%. In 2012, NMPRAC was named the latest City of Chicago’s Museums in the Park, making history as the first new addition in over 20 years. He was recently spotlighted in Americans for the Arts.
    Billy Ocasio is a former senior advisor to Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appointed to work on social justice issues, served as the Director of Community Affairs for the Illinois Housing Development Authority, as well as the 26th Ward alderman in the Chicago City Council.   https://nmprac.org

    Joe Rodriguez, President, Puerto Ricans United: Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven

    Joseph Rodriguez is currently the President and Co-Founder of Puerto Ricans United, Inc. (PRU), the umbrella organization that sponsors the Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven, Connecticut.  After Hurricanes Irma and Maria, working with his board of directors, sponsors, and community partners, and the City of New Haven, a collaborative initiative was launched called, “New Haven 4 Puerto Rico”.  This initiative was a success raising over $100,000 and two advocacy trips to Washington D.C. and continues to promote the Puerto Rican culture while actively engaging the broader Puerto Rican community in Connecticut on the importance of civic engagement.   Joe has previously served on the FLECHAS Inc.’s (Loiza Festival) Board of Directors and was a Board Member with the former CT State Puerto Rican Day Parade. He currently serves on the National Puerto Rican Agenda’s Board of Directors and is a regular at many cultural parade/festival discussions held by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. https://www.facebook.com/PuertoRicansUnitedInc


    The Puerto Rican Cultural Preservation Roundtable - Encuento is co-sponsored by the National Puerto Rican Agenda

     

      

     

    National Puerto Rican Day Parade
    Virtual Gala – Scholarship fundraiser: https://www.nprdpinc.org/gala/
     

    Puerto Ricans United, Inc. — Puerto Rican Festival of New Haven

    Where: Virtual Event

     

    12:00-3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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  • rsvped for Discussion Series: Music 2021-05-01 14:01:12 -0400

    Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador Program Discussion Series : Music

    May 4, 2021
    12pm

    The Puerto Rican Heritage Cultural Ambassador Program Presents:

    Screening of Puerto Rican Voices film shorts and discussion with folklorist Elena Martine

     


    Join us for a conversation with Elena Martinez, folklorist for CityLore. Elena will discuss the vast contributions of Puerto Ricans to the musical landscape of the United States and beyond. She will discuss the role of music in the migration experience, including evolving identities, and the ways in which musical traditions, like bomba, have been maintained in diaspora communities. Three segments from Centro’s award-winning Puerto Rican Voices television series will be screened:

    Semilla Cultural - Runtime 8:08
    Semilla Cultural is a non-profit organization developing and cultivating a community that embraces Puerto Rican culture and arts in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region.

    Eguie Castrillo, Celebrated Percussionist and Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA – Runtime: 8:42
    Eguie Castrillo performed with Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, Michael Brecker, Ruben Blades, United Nation Orchestra, Paquito D'Rivera, Michel Camilo, KC and the Sunshine Band, Dave Valentin, and Giovanni Hidalgo. He toured with the Arturo Sandoval Band; recordings include Hot House with Arturo Sandoval, The Latin Train with Arturo Sandoval, soundtrack for The Perez Family for MGM, Get Down Live! with KC and the Sunshine Band, and A GRP Celebration of the Songs of the Beatles.

    Miguel Zenón, Multiple Grammy Nominee - Runtime: 9:01
    Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.


    Speaker:

    Elena Martinez

     

    About Elena Martinez

    Elena Martínez is the Co-Artistic Director of the Bronx Music Heritage Center and a Folklorist at City Lore. Her work at City Lore has included getting Casa Amadeo (the longest continually-run Latin music store in NYC) nominated to the National Register of Historic Places (the first nomination relating to the Puerto Rican experience on the mainland); and nominated master Puerto Rican lacemaker (the art of mundillo) Rosa Elena Egipciaco for a NEA National Heritage Award. <More>

     

     

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  • rsvped for Meet the Author: Marilisa Jiménez García 2021-04-22 11:39:16 -0400

    Meet the Author:
    Marilisa Jiménez García: “Side by Side: US Empire, Puerto Rico, and the Roots of American Youth Literature and Culture”

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    In Side by Side: US Empire, Puerto Rico, and the Roots of American Youth Literature and Culture, author Marilisa Jiménez García focuses on the contributions of the Puerto Rican community to American youth, approaching Latinx literature as a transnational space that provides a critical lens for examining the lingering consequences of US and Spanish colonialism for US communities of color.

    Through analysis of texts typically outside traditional Latinx or literary studies such as young adult literature, textbooks, television programming, comics, music, curriculum, and youth movements, Side by Side represents the only comprehensive study of the contributions of Puerto Ricans to American youth literature and culture, as well as the only comprehensive study into the role of youth literature and culture in Puerto Rican literature and thought.

    Considering recent debates over diversity in children’s and young adult literature and media and the strained relationship between Puerto Rico and the US, Jiménez García's timely work encourages us to question who constitutes the expert and to resist the homogenization of Latinxs, as well as other marginalized communities, that has led to the erasure of writers, scholars, and artists.

    Author: Marilisa Jiménez García, assistant professor of English and Latino Studies at Lehigh University

    Commentator: Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, School of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Bios

     

    Marilisa Jiménez García is an assistant professor of English and Latino Studies at Lehigh University. She is also the founding director and principle investigator at the Institute of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (https://wordpress.lehigh.edu/cres/). Jiménez García’s research on Latinx literature have appeared in Latino Studies, CENTRO: A Journal of Puerto Rican Studies, The Lion and the Unicorn, and Children’s Literature. Her new book, Side by Side: US Empire, Puerto Rico and the Roots of American Youth Literature and Culture (University Press of Mississippi, March 2021) examines the history of colonialism in Puerto Rico through an analysis of youth literature and culture both in the archipelago and the diaspora. Jiménez Garcia has worked on projects with Teaching for Change, The Children’s Defense Fund, and Sesame Street

    Contact: [email protected]

     


    Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy, and Culture, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Sonia Nieto’s research has focused on multicultural education and the education of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with an emphasis on [email protected] students. She has written or edited 13 books and has received dozens of awards for her scholarly work, teaching, activism, and advocacy, including 9 honorary doctorates.
    Contact: [email protected]   Webpage: sonianieto.com

     

     

     

    Virtual Event

    6 PM Eastern Standard Time

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  • rsvped for Centro Webinar Disasters in PR 2020-09-22 14:06:01 -0400

    Disasters in Puerto Rico and the impact on the diaspora

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    SEGMENTS
    Dr. Edwin Melendez


    Jennifer Hinojosa


    Dr. Carlos Vargas Ramos

    Dr. Fernando I. Rivera


    Sandra D. Rodriguez Cotto

    Webinar to assess the impact of disasters in Puerto Rico and stateside Puerto Rican communities three years after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the island. The forthcoming publication "Enduring Disasters: Puerto Rico, Three Years After Hurricane María" will be discussed.

    Presenters

    Carlos Vargas Ramos, Ph.D. Click here for bio
    Director of Public Policy, Centro

    Presenting: Anticipated Vulnerabilities: Displacement and Migration in the Age of Climate Change
    In 2017, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs unveiled the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program, in an effort to move forward the Commonwealth’s initiative to assist its municipalities

    Jennifer Hinojosa Click here for bio
    Research Associate, Centro

    Presenting: Enduring Disasters: Puerto Rico, Three Years After Hurricane María
    The post Hurricane Maria exodus represents one of the most significant movements of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland in the island’s history in terms of both volume and duration. This policy brief examines recent from the 2019 American Community Survey (1-year estimates) that indicates that migration last year was lower than prior to Hurricane Maria levels.

    Commentators

    Sandra D. Rodríguez Cotto Click here for bio
    Journalist, Radio Show Host,
    Puerto Rico Information Network
    Analyst, WPAB Ponce

    Fernando I. Rivera, Ph.D. Click here for bio
    Founding Director of the Puerto Rico Research Hub
    University of Central Florida

     


    Moderator

    Dr. Edwin Melendez Click here for bio
    Director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies

     

     


    Enduring Disasters: Puerto Rico, Three Years After Hurricane María

    The post Hurricane Maria exodus represents one of the most significant movements of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland in the island’s history in terms of both volume and duration. This policy brief examines recent from the 2019 American Community Survey (1-year estimates) that indicates that migration last year was lower than prior to Hurricane Maria levels.

     

    Anticipated Vulnerabilities: Displacement and Migration in the Age of Climate Change

    In 2017, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs unveiled the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program, in an effort to move forward the Commonwealth’s initiative to assist its municipalities...

    Thursday September 24, 2020 Time: 3 PM


    Tools:

    Anticipated Vulnerabilities PPP by Carlos Vargas-Ramos

    Post Hurricane Maria Exodus PPP by Jennifer Hinojosa

     

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