Established in 1971, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) is Chicago’s longest-standing Latino Cultural Center whose mission is to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico and Latin America, placing a unique emphasis on its African heritage.

SRBCC realizes its program philosophy by developing multi-disciplinary programs highlighting the presence of African cultures in Latin America. We utilize dance, music, theater, and other artistic mediums to celebrate Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Latino cultural traditions.

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center will allow a new generation of aspiring and professional artists unparalleled access to musical Production, Engineering & Technology, thanks in part to a key ongoing collaboration with After School Matters to provide high quality paid apprenticeships to teens in Afro-Caribbean Jazz, Traditional Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba, and Music Video Production.

This strong focus on providing opportunities in the arts for at-risk youth from Chicago’s Northwest Side, combined with free regular performances, classes and workshops by Chicago’s top talent, as well as collaborations with touring artists, make SRBCC an invaluable home for the arts in Hermosa.

SRBCC is a member of the 2016-17 Class of the MacArthur International Connections Fund, a recipient of the 2017 Chicago Community Trust Strengthening Artistic and Cultural Diversity Grant as well as a multi-year recipient of  operational support from the MacArthur-Driehaus Funds for Arts and Culture.

SRBCC is seeking to raise $20,000 in individual donations throughout 2017 to continue providing meaningful and accessible arts programs for underserved populations in Chicago and beyond.

Click on the Generosity logo for more information on how you can help.