Over five decades connecting and building community through Afro-Boricua and Afro-Latinx arts and culture.

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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) is the longest-standing Latino cultural center in Chicago.

Established in 1971, it was named in honor of Segundo Ruiz Belvis, a Puerto Rican patriot and member of a secret abolitionist society that freed slave children under Spanish rule. In that spirit, SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico and Latin America, with a focus on its African heritage.

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La Cantera

The program incorporates young veterans of Ruiz Belvis’ Afro-Caribbean Jazz and Afro-Latin Percussion apprenticeships (ages 19-24) with guest appearances by the city’s top local and touring Latin music talent. Through a dynamic performance schedule participants engage in the business of musical performance, learning to leverage their talents and exposure.

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Professional Artists

SRBCC’s vision for the future and plans to cement its legacy to BIPOC communities are based on constantly building and nurturing strategic partnerships that support the expansion of programs directly benefiting professional artists of colorcreative youth, their families and their communities. This manifests itself through a model of regular residenciessubsidized performances, co-productions, free rehearsal space, and recording opportunities that highlight original work by local professional artists from the community.

Upcoming Events

Taller y Plenazo de Bienvenida

July 19 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Millenium Park 20th Anniversary

July 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Youth Programs

Organized activities and initiatives designed to engage and support young people in their personal, social, and educational development.

Interactive workshops

Interactive Workshops

On - site accommodations

Artist Residency

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center houses touring artists committed to working with local artists and community members in Hermosa and other underserved communities in Chicago. Many of the visiting artists that participate in SRBCC’s programs stay at our two on-site apartments for artists

Our Space

In 2007 SRBCC completed the purchase of a 13,000 square feet retail and office space in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood.

This venue is ideal for art installations, community theater, live music, video and photography.


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