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All SRBCC programs receive partial funding from Arts for Illinois, Illinois Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Driehaus – MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Landmarks Illinois, and Field Foundation of Illinois.
The public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the arts. Musicians who depend on playing to earn a living have no venues to perform in or audiences to play for as Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced this week the cancelation and re-imagination of most outdoor city festivals. In keeping with their commitment to preserve and promote the culture and arts of Puerto Rico, with a special emphasis on its African heritage, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) announced the launch of Abrazo Virtual, a new series of live shows produced and streamed from their home in Hermosa, Chicago (4048 W. Armitage) beginning Sunday June 14th at 7 pm. The concerts will stream through the Center’s Instagram (@segundoruizbelvis) and YouTube accounts (@SRBCC).
THE SEGUNDO RUIZ BELVIS CULTURAL CENTER PRESENTS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF YOUTH LEAD VIDEO PODCASTS FROM ITS HOME BASE
WHAT/WHO: The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) premiered the first in a series of youth-lead video podcasts featuring live music, interviews, and public health messages related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Invited guests include SRBCC Afro-Caribbean Jazz instructor Adrian Ruiz leading a quartet, a Cuban rumba jam lead by Afro-Puerto Rican teacher and percussionist Isabelino Landor, and current and former youth performers from SRBCC’s After School Programs in collaboration with After School Matters. This program receives critical support from the Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities, Field Foundation of Illinois, DCASE and the Illinois Arts Council.