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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center announced a series of initiatives benefiting Puerto Rican artists affected by Hurricanes Irma and María. We raised $20,000 at our Annual Gala with Teatro Breve and Latin Grammy Nominee Juan Pablo Díaz to create the Chicago Hurricane Aid for Puerto Rican Arts.

In addition, SRBCC received the 2018 Strengthening Artistic and Cultural Diversity Grant of the Chicago Community Trust for a series entitled “Borinken Me Llama”, an exploration of the present and future of Puerto Rican arts in the wake of one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of the Caribbean. Confirmed artists include Alexis Bousquet (Santurce es Ley), IFE, Juan Pablo Díaz, Y No Había Luz, and Tito Matos y La Máquina Insular (Viento de Agua, La Junta).