Upcoming/Ongoing Activities

MARCH 4 -18

Commemorating the 149th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Puerto Rico (1873-2023) 

MARCH 8, 2022

THE POPULARITY OF AFRICAN CULTURE WITHIN THE
PUERTO RICAN DIASPORA: Perspectives
 

Dr. Myrna Nieves, writer, cultural activist and educator

While the contributions of Afro-descendants are often overlooked in Puerto Rico, their cultural contributions to the island are significant. There is also a vibrant Afro-Puerto Rican presence in New York's Puerto Rican culture. The speaker will talk about her experiences with Afro-Puerto Rican cultural manifestations in New York and her presence in the creative live of the diaspora.

VIEW HER TALK HERE IN ITS ENTIRETY

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MARCH 10, 2022

INDIANS AND BLACKS IN THE SPANISH CONQUEST OF
PUERTO RICO, 16TH CENTURY: Free and Slave

Francisco Moscoso, historian, professor

The theme of the participation of blacks from Spain and various regions of Africa in the conquest and colonization of Puerto Rico will be analyzed. We will explore the circumstances in which those identified as black participated in the colonizing process from the early 1510s, initially in small numbers, and beginning in 1519, as part of the massive slave trade. Blacks and Indians, who also met for the first time, as free, some, and as slaves, most, shared in the imposed economic tasks, both in gold mining, commercial sugar production, agriculture and domestic service. Likewise, the interaction promoted the unfolding of a new social formation, the Creole, and unprecedented cultural traits such as, for example, incorporating Taino and Yoruba, Bantu and other languages into Spanish.

SEE IT HERE IN ITS ENTIRETY

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MARCH 10, 2022

INDIANS AND BLACKS IN THE SPANISH CONQUEST OF
PUERTO RICO, 16TH CENTURY: Free and Slave

Francisco Moscoso, historian, professor

The theme of the participation of blacks from Spain and various regions of Africa in the conquest and colonization of Puerto Rico will be analyzed. We will explore the circumstances in which those identified as black participated in the colonizing process from the early 1510s, initially in small numbers, and beginning in 1519, as part of the massive slave trade. Blacks and Indians, who also met for the first time, as free, some, and as slaves, most, shared in the imposed economic tasks, both in gold mining, commercial sugar production, agriculture and domestic service. Likewise, the interaction promoted the unfolding of a new social formation, the Creole, and unprecedented cultural traits such as, for example, incorporating Taino and Yoruba, Bantu and other languages into Spanish.

SEE IT HERE IN ITS ENTIRETY

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El Centro desde su fundación se ha dedicado a investigar, enriquecer y difundir los valores culturales puertorriqueños. La cantidad de eventos y ediciones realizados por el Centro así lo confirman. Uno de nuestros más importantes objetivos consiste en concienciar y facilitarle a nuestros jóvenes la oportunidad de aprender a construir los instrumentos tradicionales de nuestro país. Entre las actividades llevadas a cabo para estos fines se destacan:

  • 1) la exposición Mi música: instrumentos tradicionales de Puerto Rico (2014-2015) que expusimos por espacio de dos años en el Museo Las Américas en el Viejo San Juan y que hoy se encuentra en la Casa Paoli, como una de nuestras exhibiciones permanentes;

  • 2)  en Isabela, junto con la Corporación Mabodamaca celebramos el Encuentro con la Marimbula (2010) y

  • 3) en alianza con el Proyecto del Cuatro se organizó en Ponce el Encuentro con los investigadores de los instrumentos de cuerdas (1997) y el Certamen para la fabricación del Cuatro Antiguo, el Tiple y la Bordonúa (1999) .

Actualmente el Centro organiza el Taller de Arte William Cumpiano en las instalaciones de nuestra sede en Ponce en donde, con el apoyo del Fondo Flamboyán para las Artes, talleres de ensamblaje de instrumento , serigrafia y grabado (2020-2021). Actualmente se esta planificando un taller virtual abierto al publico en la construcción de un tiple puertorriqueño.