Our cultural center address & hours are as follows:
Puerto Rican Cultural Center
701 Tillery Street, Austin 78702
Entrance, Southside of building in front lawn/trees.
HOURS TO LEAVE DONATIONS (we are there):
PLEASE SEND DONATIONS IN A BOX -- plastic or cardboard to protect it. IF YOU HAVE A LARGE DONATION (or need a different dropoff time), bring to Chago's Caribbean Cuisine. They have access to storage from HelpingPuertoRico.org.
EMERGENCY SUPPLIES REQUESTED:
In this continuing mission, we are contributing donations to Mingo Flow / HelpingPuertoRico.org who is organizing an end-to-end solution (collection, transport and Island volunteers) to distribute to underserved communities.
CASH DONATION: If you are interested in making a cash donation, please send to UnitedForPuertoRico.com. They are *the* GoFundMe that going directly to the Puerto Rican government for relief efforts. 100% of donations are going to hurricane relief.
See Facebook live videos of our our center's relief efforts: VIDEO LINK
WAVE 2 (Completed 10/7/2017)
Donations for Aguadilla, Ponce, Arroyo
We contributed WAVE 2 emergency donations -- food, water, baby and hygiene items, etc -- to HelpingPuertoRico.org. Special thank you to Mingo Flow for organizing an 18 wheeler and private jet to get 10,000 pounds of Austin donations into the hands of those in need! (We will continue collecting / contributing for this initiative.)
WAVE 1 (Completed 9/30/2017)
THANK YOU greater Austin community who donated and volunteered to make WAVE 1 happen! After 5 days of collection, 2 days of sorting, and 3 days of loading onto a truck, hurricane relief donations of emergency items for Puerto Rico -- baby needs, food, medicines, and more (26 foot truck's worth!) -- are headed to the Texas coast, and will board private corporate planes for Puerto Rico and into the hands of waiting Island volunteers who will distribute to people in need (in areas not yet being served by government efforts). WAVE 1 was in collaboration with San Antonio (APRISA, Migdalia Aponte) and Charmed Wear (Maria) who organized a plan (from collection, transport, to Island receivers).
Thank you TV News -- Spectrum, CBS, Telemundo, FOX7, Univision, KVUE -- and American Statesman/Ahora Si who brought visibility of the Boriken humanitarian crisis to the community at large. The results were an outpouring of donations greater than we ever imagined.
DUE TO THE HURRICANE MARIA THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center proudly hosts the 10th Annual Taino Exerience with Concilio Taino Guatu Macu A Boriken. Each year, we fly the elected Chief, Cacike Cacibaopil Veguilla of Concilio Taino to Texas for an outside-the-classroom experience in Taino heritage and traditions. Each year tribal members from Texas, Puerto Rico, New York, and California join the Cacike in Central Texas to share knowledge of oral history, traditional healing for mind and body, eco-friendly planting, crafts, traditional games for kids, Areyto, indigenous dance, and activities for the whole family. Also featured will be a presentation of the harvest Casabe Ceremony. Activities for the whole family! More details this Fall.
Catch it! Like Roberto Clemente Did! Roberto Clemente was -- The Great One -- one of the greatest Puerto Rican baseball players of all time! Come enjoy a showing of Roberto Clemente memorabilia by Edwin Baez and Felix Luis Perez-Folch, eternal Clemente fans. Zulma Clementesoto, Clement's niece will be our special guest. Don't forget to bring the kids! There will be surprises -- and door prizes every hour!
SO COME ONE COME ALL to the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, in Austin, Texas 78702. Our entrance is on back of the building, steps away from the free parking lot. Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance's community cultural outreach is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
La Promesa Rebelde will take place at the Carver Theatre. Ticket information coming this fall.
Our Sembrando Herencia annual musical will be made possible with funding and support by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Ask how you can become a sponsor!
Some traditions never die! Such is our love for playing Dominoes!! Enjoy an afternoon playing this generations-old traditional game. Or just come and socialize!
PRFD's season of cultural outreach is sponsored in part with funding and support through the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. More information later this season.
Find your dancing shoes!! This semi-formal event will
celebrate our 20th anniversary with Salsa dancing for all,
folklore from Puerto Rico, handcraft artisans, and comida criolla!
FREE coffee! Please bring a dessert!! Cafe Gratis! Por favor traiga un postre !! Come relive your childhood! Or create new memories! Oh yeah...don't forget to bring the kids!
This event will take place at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street 78702. Entrance is in back of building. This season's educational outreach is sponsored in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
BORIKEN HURRICANE MARIA RELIEF EFFORT
Call for immediate -- need it now -- emergency supplies for Boriken. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center is collaborating with PR organizations in San Antonio (APRISA, Migdalia Aponte) & Florida (Puerto Rican & Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville, Nancy Quinones. They have put together a well organized plan (collection, transport, Island receivers), and a list of needed supplies provided by the First Lady of Puerto Rico (through the Governor of NY).
We will be collecting donated items listed below at our cultural center this *Saturday* from 11am-1pm. This hurricane relief effort will take place during the free Taino sports workshop that we had already in plan (details below). So come, donate, socialize, and learn!
Here's the list:
MAIN EMERGENCY ITEMS Baby and adult diapers Baby food and formula Female hygiene items Mosquito repellent BATTERIES (bunches) First Aid items ADDITIONAL ITEMS: Water canned foods with ring openeners snacks non-perishables ready to eat blankets towels men/women/children underwear (new) general hygiene items (shampoo, soap, toothpaste/brushes...) battery operated fans phone chargers... cleanup products/itemsHURACAN RELIEF & TAINO WORKSHOP - BATU & AREYTO https://www.facebook.com/events/501146020240561 FREE EVENT. DO YOU LOVE SPORTS? On September 23, 2017 come learn the ancient Taino ballgame of Batu! Sports lovers of all ages will enjoy playing the 1,000 year old ceremonial ballgame that introduced Europeans to the rubber ball! In the days of our Ancestors, to settle differences, Batu substituted for war. Yes, warriors on the opposing team forfeited their lives.
The Taino are the indigenous people of Puerto Rico. This fun day of ballgame and tradition will welcome warriors from El Concilio Taino in Tejas who will teach the game. This time of sharing will also teach the traditional gritos Taino supporters shout to encourage their teams, and an Areyto (a lesson on Taino dance) to open the ballgame!
FREE TO THE PUBLIC. This workshop of true Taino tradition will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017, 11-1pm at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St (entrance in the back).
This Taino heritage workshop heralds the annual visit of the Concilio's Cacike Cacibaopil Veguilla from Boriken (date TBD) which will include public events. This educational outreach is sponsored in part with funding and support by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Join us as we celebrate 20 years -- with a picnic and free performance event under the trees! Come dance salsa, bomba, and plena in the grass! Performances by Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and other surprises. Bring the children to help us blow out the candles! "The Cuban Corner" food truck from Belton will have food for sale!
Our 20th anniversary celebration will take place under the grandmother Pecan Trees at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Sunday, September 10 from 2-5pm! (If it rains, it will be moved indoors.)
This season's cultural outreach is sponsored in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
NOTE: We are collecting items essentials for Hurrican Harvey evacuees. Contact us if you would like to help!
FREE EVENT. Bring your lawn chair and picnic lunch!! Come learn and participate in the traditional dance, music and song of the indigenous Taino from Boriken (Puerto Rico).
This educational outreach on Taino heritage is hosted by the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery St (entrance in the back). It is presented in collaboration with the Concilio Taino Guatu Ma-cu A Boriken - Pueblo en Tejas, and heralds the annual visit of the Concilio's Cacike Cacibaopil Veguilla from Boriken on October 7-8, 2017. This day of sharing is sponsored in part with funding and support by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Watch this space for additional Fall for workshops in authentic Taino traditions, including the ceremonial ballgame of Batu.
Celebrando 2017 - Salsa & Heritage Festival (Austin)
Fiesta de Cuerdas, The Guitar & Her Grandsons
Ballroom - JCC Austin, 7300 Hart Ln, Austin, 78731
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm (Show @ 7pm)
Find your dancing shoes!! Come celebrate Puerto Rico's love for the Spanish guitar and her grandsons -- Cuatro and Tiple -- with special guests:
This elegant, semi-formal event also features folklore performances by Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance, salsa dancing with Orquesta Trabuko, handcraft artisans, and comida criolla for sale by Chago's Caribbean Cuisine.
Adult tickets: $15.00 in advance ($20.00 day of the show).
Child tickets(ages 3-12) are $5.00.
Children 2 & under are FREE.
BUY TICKETS ONLINE: https://casita.prfdance.org/celebrando2017
TICKETS ALSO ON SALE at Chago's Caribbean Cuisine (**cash only**)
SPONSORSHIP THANKS & OPPORTUNITIES
The Celebrando 2017 heritage & festival project is made possible through funding and support by the Junior League of Austin, Texas Commission on the Arts, Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Promotions by Mingo TV. Join our sponsors through...
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Announcing special workshops on Puerto Rican music & Flamenco dance, part of our Celebrando 2017 Heritage Project on the Spanish Guitar and her Grandsons!
Enjoy special guest maestros, workshop details below:
Bring your guitars, cuatros, guiros and voices! This community workshop will include both demo and hands-on learning! The Spanish guitar was introduced to our Island in the late 15th century and embraced by country folk in our remote central mountains. Along with the guitar, our Island descendants (tiple, cuatro and bordonua) were the backbone of the rural mountain Jibaro music. They also were part of salon orchestras that played European classical dance music for the city elite. Workshop will include:
Flamenco is an art form from Andalucia, Spain that has been forged as a result of the cultural influences that the region has had for 1000Â’s of years. This art is most clearly expressed through its cante (song), baile (dance) and toque (guitar playing).
This community workshop will focus on flamenco as social and cultural practice. In this basic class we will learn some essential dance properties such as body posture, and basic steps; as well as identify essential musical elements, thus creating a basic vocabulary necessary for participation. By understanding its unique vocabulary and respecting common social elements of communication, students will be able to experience the art form as a fluid conversation between participants.
These workshops are part of the Celebrando 2017 Heritage project which also includes:
The Celebrando 2017 heritage project is made possible in part through funding and support by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department!
FREE EVENT. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic lunch, and water for the 2nd annual Picnic under the PECAN TREES at the PUERTO RICAN CULTURAL CENTER. April 9, 2017, 3pm-6pm. Enjoy Special Guests:
What's a Boricua picnic without music and dance?
Bring your instruments & leave your shoes home!
This informal, community picnic is part of the Celebrando 2017 heritage project, made
possible in part through funding and support by the Texas Commission on the Arts and
the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Come enjoy dancing for all, a Parranda (holiday) sing-along, company performances and more at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, 701 Tillery Street, in Austin, Texas 78702. Entrance is in the back of the building, steps away from free parking. Here are directions.
Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance's community cultural outreach is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Do you dream of dancing an amazing Bomba solo in front of the drum? In this special, 4-week workshop we will teach the fundamentals of Bomba dance and create a personalized solo just for you!
Dates: January 9, 16, 23, & 30, 6-7pm
Location: Puerto Rican Cultural Center
701 Tillery Street, Austin TX 78702
Save 25% today! Advance registration is only $45 (regular price $60). Register online today through paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
HURRY, SPACE IS LIMITED!
Workshop will be presented by Tekina-eiru Maynard, PRFDance Director & Choreographer.