The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

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Mission

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture is devoted to the promotion, integration and advancement of Puerto Rican arts and culture by presenting exhibitions and programming created to enhance the visibility and importance of the rich Puerto Rican arts tradition. TheNational Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (NMPRAC), a member of Museums in the Park, gratefully acknowledges the Chicago Park District’s generous support of all of NMPRAC’s activities.

Vision

NMPRAC is about the past, present and future. It provides a one-of-a-kind showcase for the vast array of traditional and contemporary Puerto Rican arts. It tells the story of the contributions of people from Puerto Rico in the making of this city and of this nation. It is a cultural center for all people.

By virtue of its location, in the heart of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community, NMPRAC offers a unique insight into the Puerto Rican experience that is not offered by any other institution; a facility that can merge major art, historic and anthropological exhibitions with authentic community lectures and workshops.

NMPRAC is truly a place where preservation meets inspiration.

For more information go to http://nmprac.org/

West Town Bikes

West Town Bikes

West Town Bikes is a community bicycle learning center. We offer youth programs here at the shop and accross the city, bicycle mechanics workshops and classes and special events to members of the community. We also provide creative workspace for special bicycle building, utilitarian human powered design, kinetic art, advocacy projects, and all sorts of constructive creation.

Youth Programs

We empower youth of all abilities and circumstances to build stronger, healthier communities. Respecting their diversity in culture, identity, and opinion, we develop creativity, self-sufficiency and economic opportunity through hands-on education and business development. As a youth development organization our Programs use bikes as a tool for positive transformation of individuals and communities.

Classes & Workshops

West Town Bikes can also help you fix your bike to get more enjoyment out of riding while saving money on repairs. Trained instructors walk you through each aspect of bike maintenance in informative, relaxedclasses. Helpful shop supervisors run frequent workshops that provide you with helpful advice as well as a bike stand with a full set of tools to get you started.

2459 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60622
WTB Phone:
773.772.6523
For more information go to http://www.westtownbikes.org/
Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School’s mission is to provide a quality educational experience needed to empower students to engage in critical thinking and social transformation, from the classroom to the Puerto Rican community, based on the philosophical foundation of self-determination, a methodology of self-actualization and an ethics of self-reliance.

Created in 1972, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School approaches education from the perspective of the whole-person, linking education to the individual social, emotional, and acaprcc_frontdemic needs of our students and empowering them to be active participants in creating change at the global, local, and personal level. Courses are designed to meet Illinois State Learning Standards and are integrated in community-based activities and engage students in the process of critical thinking and community inquiry.

We offer basic skills training with activities in technology, urban agriculture, media production and communications, critical art, and participatory action research, as well as college preparatory coursework through an ongoing partnership with Wright College. Classroom instruction is primarily project and problem based with an emphasis on developing higher order thinking skills of inquiry and analysis in place of rote memorization. Planning for the years to come, our curriculum will have social ecology as a conceptual centerpiece, framing student learning around three experimental stations: a hydroponics-based greenhouse on the roof of PACHS; soil-based community gardens in and around Humboldt Park; and tropical soil-based agriculture on the island of Puerto Rico.

“An excellent example of liberating education can be seen in the efforts of students and teachers at Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School in West Town, Chicago. Here, the staff use critical pedagogy in their collective work with the Puerto Rican community. They try to help students acquire a sense of humanity and purpose in their lives after an often brutal and dehumanizing colonization within the United States, where the material conditions for their labor are controlled and their dreams, desires, hopes and visions are often ideologically subjugated. Teachers at Pedro Albizu Campos are committed to equality and social justice and demonstrate an unyielding dedication to the empowerment of the Puerto Rican people.” (Excerpt from Life in Schools, by Peter McLaren)

 

UrbanTheater Company

UrbanTheater Company

UrbanTheater Company (UTC) is committed to the creation and exploration of urban-inspired works that convey, illuminate and empathize with the human experience.

As a platform for multicultural representation in the performance arena, UTC serves as a bridge between Chicago’s urban and Latino communities and the vehicle of performing arts.

For more information visit our website: http://urbantheaterchicago.org/

The Division Street Business Development Association

The Division Street Business Development Association

Our mission is the economic, social development and growth of “Paseo Boricua”, the heart of the Puerto Rican community in Chicago along Division Street west of Western Ave. In addition, we work to increase the capacity of individuals in the field of business and commerce who seek to enhance their participation in the economic structure of our community and the City of Chicago.

Our motto of “Development without Displacement” focuses on bringing new businesses and jobs that help to add to the evolving continuity of Paseo Boricua while introducing businesses that have been here for decades to a new generation.

Our guided tours are showcased on the homepage and our photo gallery gives you a colorful look at many of our annual events. We hope that these images and descriptions will make it very clear why you should visit Paseo Boricua!

DSBDA services help individuals navigate and apply for programs such as the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF) and business loan programs. Our Fast Trac to Business Planning classes for new entrepreneurs and existing businesses has helped to establish 8 new business in the past four years on Paseo Boricua.

I am a second generation Puerto Rican who was born and raised in Humboldt Park. I grew up watching this neighborhood evolve from one with sparse resources and City services into a community filled with thriving cultural institutions and continuous business development.

In 1995, the Paseo Boricua Gateway flags were inaugurated to usher in a period of economic growth without displacement. It is evident that our hard work and years of planning have yielded the results that have made Paseo Boricua a model for other ethnic commercial corridors.

Since 2000, the number of Puerto Rican Restaurants has grown from 3 to 10 delicious venues, and we look forward to doubling that number in the next decade, making the Paseo an internationally renown center for Puerto Rican cuisine. My goal is to grow the existing small businesses and market the universal appeal of the Puerto Rican culture for all to enjoy.

With the recent opening of the new Institute for Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC), we now have the only Puerto Rican art and history museum in the United States. IPRAC serves as yet another anchor that is drawing visitors from around the country to our neighborhood. With all its unique offerings Paseo Boricua is truly a treasure amongst Chicago neighborhoods.

Working together, we can make Paseo Boricua as vibrant a commercial strip as Chicago’s other ethnic centers such as Chinatown, Little Village, Devon Avenue, and Greek Town. To sum it up, the work of DSBDA is about business but it’s also a labor of love.

¡Buen Provecho!

Eduardo Arocho, M.S.

For more information go to http://www.paseoboricua.org/

The National Boricua Human Rights Network

The National Boricua Human Rights Network

 

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The National Boricua Human Rights Network (NBHRN) is an organization composed of Puerto Ricans in the US and their supporters that educates and mobilizes the Puerto Rican community, the broader Latin American community and other people of conscience regarding issues of justice, peace and human rights.

Our priorities include: (1) The decontamination, development, and return of the island of Vieques to its people; (2) The release of the remaining Puerto Rican political prisoners; (3) An end to the continuing political repression and criminalization of progressive sectors of the Puerto Rican

For more information go to http://boricuahumanrights.org/

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