Our multipurpose facility in East Austin is home to Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance (PRFDance), our performing company of dancers, musicians, and juniors who perform throughout the year. We serve the community with 12 weekly performing arts programs, ongoing cultural events, and opportunities to learn authentic Taino traditions. Our programs are open to all who wish to experience the joy of our people. We welcome those whose access to cultural programming is limited by economics. In 2005 the ICP named us Puerto Rico’s Ambassadors in Texas and the Southwest, giving us visibility to older Puerto Rican centers in Chicago (45 years) and New York City (35 years), and a platform from which we are staging our continued success as a world-class center handing down Puerto Rican traditions to a new generation.
Our cultural center is a sanctuary for the rapidly growing Puerto Rican community in central Texas -- and we adopt everyone who feels called to join! Since the opening of our multipurpose facility (2006), our cultural outreach has expanded beyond performing arts to share and preserve our heritage (such as traditional children's games), culturally relevant holidays (Octavitas & Reyes Mago celebrations), and ancestral sports (Taino Batu ballgame). We share true Taino culture through teachings based in oral traditions throughout the year, and annually bring the source of that knowledge, El Concilio Taino Guatu Ma-cu A Boriken, to Austin to share history and heritage like language, craftwork, eco-friendly farming, traditions for healthy mind and body, and indigenous dance.
Today, there are more Puerto Ricans living on the Mainland than the Island. As the number of Puerto Ricans migrating to the Mainland continues to rise, Texas stands in the top three States experiencing the fastest growth in Puerto Rican population. In collaboration since 2001 with the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, our formal affiliation in 2005 makes us official representatives of our Island's cultural heritage in our community. With the 2006 closing of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs (PRFAA) Texas office, our world-wide-web visibility has made us a resource for Puerto Ricans travelling or moving to Central Texas.
We are located in Central Texas where 83% of Puerto Ricans in Texas live [2010 Census]. Thanks to our internet presence, cultural tourism to our events is significant: 40% of our events-audience comes from Texas cities beyond Austin (Dallas to Brownsville), out of state (Oklahoma, Florida), and even Puerto Rico. Our website is Google top-ranked and its educational resources serve over 3000 weekly world-wide visitors. Through social media including Facebook (10,000 subscribers across our director's and business page) we engage a virtual community in daily conversations that entertain, educate and instill cultural pride.
Our cultural center is building community through arts, bringing together all ages like an extended family. We welcome all who seek a sense of cultural pride or want to be part of a community bonded together by joyful heritage. Through our programs people are discovering the healing power of arts in action. It takes a village to raise a child; we live that proverb by mentoring students and encouraging family-unity through shared performance experiences. We are an oasis where old-world values are alive -- community elders are encouraged to participate and share their wisdom and knowledge. Our volunteers develop real-world skills and professional development in leadership, business administration, marketing, and computer-based business applications. Youth have access to positive role models and develop advanced skills through company apprenticeship, student-teaching, and program leadership. Thanks to Puerto Rico's rainbow of ethnic diversity -- Hispanic, Taino, and Afro-Puerto Rican -- youth experience personal pride through self-identity.
Music and dance is a very important part of Puerto Rican culture. The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture has named us Puerto Rico's Ambassadors in Texas and the Southwest. We are proud to share our rich traditions with the community, and hand down our cultural heritage to the next generation!
We hold the banner high for Puerto Rico everyday!
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