Puerto Rican Cultural Center

Founded in 1973, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) Juan Antonio Corretjer is a non-profit, community-based institution that serves the socio ecological needs of Chicago’s Puerto Rican /Latino community. It is built on the following principles: a philosophy of self-determination, a methodology of self-actualization and critical thought, and a moral value that bridges self-reliance and communal responsibility, which is best expressed in the Center’s motto, “To live and help to live”.

About

The PRCC is named after Juan Antonio Corretjer, the celebrated Puerto Rican national poet and one of the most significant political theorists of the 20th century. It serves as a place where people gather to: address critical problems confronting the community; recover their history, and share in the music, poetry, and drama of the Puerto Rican people at home and throughout the Diaspora.

The PRCC educates, organizes, and struggles for the social, economic, and political empowerment of Puerto Ricans within a context that is holistic in nature and organic in form. All of the PRCC’s programs encourage participants to think critically about their reality and to promote an ethics of self-reliance based on social responsibility. The programs enhance diverse issues that include wellness, social, educational, cultural, and quality of life matters for Puerto Rican/Latino and other marginalized communities. Our programs take on HIV/AIDS, education, literacy, housing, homophobia, substance abuse, gang violence, teen pregnancy, police brutality, racism, economic and community development, human rights violations, and the devastation of generational trauma.

The PRCC promotes the self-actualization, self-determination and self-reliance of the Puerto Rican/Latino community through the study, recovery, and celebration of Puerto Rican culture. These efforts are devotedly undertaken through programs and annual events such as: The Three Kings Day celebration, mural projects, the Casita de Don Pedro project, the Puerto Rican People’s Parade, Fiesta Boricua, the Community as a Campus project, and the Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness.

With our affiliate, The National Boricua Human Rights Network, the PRCC has also played a key role in human rights campaigns such as the defense of political prisoners, the struggle for peace in Vieques, the defense of undocumented immigrants, and against the criminalization of youth. The work of the PRCC is informed by a socio-ecological model, which recognizes the interplay among key factors including social justice, community and institution building, policy, advocacy, environmental justice, education, housing, and access to equitable health care. 

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Services

Events and Community Building

  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals
  • Pitch Events

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Placement
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Mentoring

  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBT Business Issues
Primary ContactNadya Henriquez
Addresss2546 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone(773) 394-4935