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All SRBCC programs receive partial funding from Illinois Arts Council,  MacArthur Foundation, Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, DCEO,  IDHS and Field Foundation of Illinois.

 

 

 

AFRORRIQUEÑES: Affirmation, Solidarity and Healing

May 25-27 2022 at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

A multi-day series committed to the continuous dialogue on Afrodescendencia.

DAY 1 . May 25, 2022 | 6PM to 8PM

“Ancestral Reckonings: Why your DNA results don’t match the records”

Please bring your own DNA results, oral histories, or family records to share!

This workshop demystifies the racial triad (Spanish-African-Taino) proposed by colonial narratives and shows how record keepers were complicit in erasing Blackness from archival records in Puerto Rico. 

Guest Speaker: Melanie Maldonado Díaz

Melanie developed the Lugares Históricos project, which highlights Black history sites in Puerto Rico. In 2018, she led a first-of-its-kind community tour of these ancestral spaces for African diasporic gathering and traditional practices and in 2019 began placing historical markers at these locations. Melanie is committed to creating access, building commUnity and helping families re-member the legacies of their ancestors. Her bomba research explicates women’s agency, the importance of textiles, genealogy, lineages of learning, songs as critical records, placemaking, and historic spaces of praxis.

Day 2.  May 26, 2022 | 6PM to 8PM

“Puerto Rican Art as a Territory of Re-Existence: A Decolonial Approach”

The history of the arts in Puerto Rico has traditionally repeated, observed, and framed the achievements of artists based on their adherence to movements outside the islands, primarily in Europe and the U.S. historical and cultural responsibility to their own contexts of origin. This workshop we will incorporate and explore works of art, scholarship, and artists who contributed to the body and meaning of the continuous rebirth of Puerto Rico’s visual culture.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Marielba Torres-Muñoz

Since 2018, Marielba co-directs the Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Institute at the General Studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. She is an avid collaborator of the Centennial Celebration of Victoria Espinoza and Co-coordinator of Cumbre Afro ( 2022), at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio PIedras. 

Day 3. May 27, 2022 | 6PM to 8PM

“The Crossing Routes of Afro Music: Foundation, History and Cimarronaje” 

Music is transformative. It touches the marrow of those who enjoy it or are simply exposed to it. In the case of Afro music, we see how it’s directly linked to history and transported through different social spaces.  It also plays an important role in cimarronaje: deeply informed by resistance, everyday struggles and a never-ending migratory process. Music becomes part of us, keeping us connected.  This workshop invites us to take a reflective look at Afro music.

Conversation and workshop with Dr. Pablo Luis Rivera, professor, epistemologist, renowned Bomba artist and interpreter and Director of AFROLegado.

Guest Speaker: Dr. Pablo Luis Rivera

Dr. Pablo Luis Rivera hails from barrio San Antón en Carolina, Puerto Rico. Pablo has a doctorate in Philosophy and Letters with a concentration in the History of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean from the Center of Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and is currently a professor at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. 

For more than three decades, Pablo has developed and directed multiple educational projects, published articles and special edition texts in various publications, and offered courses on bomba and Puerto Rico’s African cultural legacy at places such as Washington University and Ana G. Méndez. Pablo is the producer of the radio programs Repicando and Un Cafecito; and directs the organization AFROlegado.

MAY 7 to MAY 28, 2022 |  11AM to 1PM

“Honey, Education, and Love: A HEAL Unacademy Series”: Workshops for ages 16-19 with Dorian Ortega, LCPC. Hosted at The Honeycomb Network and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.

 
 
 
 

Curated and co-produced by SRBCC, Del Patio is A Chicago Salsa Series featuring original music and arrangements by master pianist Edwin Sánchez and singer/composer Papo Santiago.

Two of our city’s most prolific salsa musicians come together with a swinging nine-piece band to play Chicago-made original music and arrangements as you’ve never heard them before. 

Three Free Shows, Three Neighborhoods, Three Amazing Partners

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center | Julia de Burgos Park | Museum of Contemporary Art

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2022 | 8:00 PM | SRBCC | 4048 W. ARMITAGE AVE. (FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE)

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2022 | 4:00 PM | JULIA DE BURGOS PARK | 1805 N. ALBANY AVE. (NO RESERVATIONS NEEDED)

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2022 | 6:00 PM | MCA’S TUESDAYS ON THE TERRACE | 220 E. CHICAGO AVE. (FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE ON 5/25/2022 AT THE MCA WEBSITE)


Recent Documentary Productions
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Abrazo Virtual 2021-2022
 
English Description
 
Join us as we celebrate Puerto Rican arts and culture from El Bastión, VSJ. Discover the story of a group of brave artists who rescued a dilapidated building in Old San Juan to create El Bastión, the home of Asociación Acirc. Enjoy performances by our hosts and a traditional plenazo “plena jam” directed by Leró Martínez Roldán with guests, including Los Pleneros de Don Segundo, Joe Medina and Adriana Santoni.
 
Descripción en Español
 
Acompáñanos desde la comodidad de tu hogar para celebrar el arte y la cultura puertorriqueña desde El Bastión, Viejo San Juan. Descubre la historia de un grupo de valientes artistas que rescataron un edificio en ruinas en el Viejo San Juan para crear El Bastión, el hogar de la Asociación Acirc. Disfruta de las actuaciones de nuestros anfitriones y un plenazo tradicional dirigido por Leró Martínez Roldán con invitados: Los Pleneros de Don Segundo, Joe Medina y Adriana Santoni.
 
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Recording: December 26, 2021, El Bastión, San Juan / 26 de diciembre de 2021
Aired on January 1, 2022 / Transmisión se llevó a cabo el 1 de enero de 2022
Time/Horario: 4:00 PM Chicago / 6:00 PM San Juan
Directed by Omar Camilo
Produced by Omar Torres-Kortright