All SRBCC programs receive partial funding from CityArts Grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Illinois Arts Council, Driehaus – MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and Field Foundation of Illinois.

SRBCC offers a yearly artistic series that celebrates Puerto Rican arts and culture and promotes collaborations between Chicago-based artists and artists coming from Puerto Rico. After years of naming the monthly celebration after classic Puerto Rican songs (Las Caras Lindas 2017, and Borinken Me Llama 2018), SRBCC’s 2019 series is inspired by the 1950’s classic by Tito Henríquez “Bello Amanecer” (Beautiful Sunrise). While “Borinken Me Llama 2018” (Puerto Rico is Calling 2018) focused on the emergency and humanitarian crisis immediately after hurricane María, “Bello Amenecer” will address the challenges faced by Puerto Rican artists with an eye on emergent projects and the new wave of creative minds that have decided to stay, reconstruct, reinvent, and redefine the future of arts on the island.

Friday, August 30, 2019

4048. W. Armitage Ave. | FREE | $10 Suggested Donation

9:00 PM – 11:00 PM CDT


The collaboration between Mima and International Dub Ambassadors emerged after several live performances together, including a memorable staging at La Perla during Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián in 2018. From there, they went on to the studios of Little Big Audio, where they recorded under the direction of engineers Nicolás Linares and Daniel Lo Presti.

As Mima tells us, the single “Dos amores” is a “seis” rewritten in dub and reggae version in which ” I aim to conjure “La Calandria” and “Chuíto el de Bayamón” through witch cries that replace the voice of the Puerto Rican cuatro.”


El Circo de la Ausencia, an exhibit by Y No Habia Luz until September 2019 at The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Visit

Read the interactive story by WBEZ’s Bill Healy here.

Hear SRBCC’s Executive Director Omar Torres-Kortright’s interview with Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell from WBEZ here.

Our funders include The Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur Foundation, and The Field Foundation of Illinois.

All programs are supported in part by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’s City Arts Grant and receive operational support from the Illinois Arts Council.