The Annual Raices Gala helps to raise the funds required for NMPRAC to continue to thrive as a cultural anchor in the City of Chicago as well as become the preferred destination for all those wanting to learn about the rich history, art, and culture of Puerto Rico. As the only self-standing Puerto Rican museum in the United States, our vision is to collaborate with other institutions to harness the necessary resources in order to expand our programming, exhibits and visitor experience.

Each year as part of our gala, NMPRAC selects major artists to receive the prestigious Ceiba Award, the only national award granted to Puerto Ricans for their artistic and cultural accomplishments and contributions. We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Ceiba Award recipients are Jimmy Smits (of L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, Bluff City Law, In The Heights (2020)) and esteemed author Esmeralda Santiago (“When I was Puerto Rican” (1994), “Almost a Woman” (1999)).

Summer is usually the time people look forward to going out, exploring, and finding new things to enjoy along with the warm weather, a time where they spend time with family and friends. Everyone knows that Coronavirus has limited the way people today can socialize. Many states are actually taking a step back in phases due to the overwhelming positive tests that resulted from opening too soon or without enough preparation to make it safe. Although this does make it difficult, this does not make it impossible to still have fun and enjoy events while still staying safe.

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Here are some ways to enjoy the Summer while still staying safe during these unprecedented times:

  • Modified Events are a new and growing trend during these times, from drive through art shows to bringing back drive-in movie theatres, people are learning to adapt to the times and still have an enjoyable experience.
  • Beaches and Parks are open so there is plenty of fun activities that are still safe while exercising social distancing.

For those wishing to make the best out of the situation make sure to check out the website as new events are posted every week. For more direct updates make sure to sign up for our Newsletter with emails about events! https://ethnic.events/register-2/