About

La Casa provides essential structural support for cultural and educational activities, serves youth and their families, students, professional and emerging artists, and works in collaboration with educational and non-educational institutions, and other community groups directly from El Barrio, the Tri-State-Area and Puerto Rico.

La Casa houses the Puerto Rican Heritage Library, conducts a weekly Cuatro Instruction Program, and sponsors Violeta Galagarza’s KR3T’s Youth Dance Company, the Center of Living Light Reiki Circle, facilitated by Carmen Larino, and the Asociación de Poetas y Escritores Hispanos (AIPEH NY Chapter). La Casa also sponsors professional and, up and coming artists, groups and other community based members and organizations, throughout the year. Additionally, special events such as Cena de Monte Adentro and the Fiesta de Reyes y Reinas are conducted on a yearly basis. Most of the activities are conducted in English and Spanish. For information about these activities or special events or to become a member of La Casa, contact us at: lacasahcp@gmail.com or at (646) 360-4126.

WORKSHOPS
La Casa offers weekly classes on traditional musical instruments such as the Cuatro, Puerto Rican folkloric dancing, and artisan arts and crafts.

THE LIBRARY
La Casa’s Puerto Rican Heritage Library houses a specialized collection and scholarly resource center consisting of approximately 14,000 diversified books, periodicals, newspapers, microfilms, photographs, sound and visual recordings, government documents, and doctoral dissertations. Many volumes are available in Spanish and English. Our reference material provides an opportunity to fill informational needs and interests in today’s changing landscape in Puerto Rico and the diaspora. The collection contains articles and various other relevant materials which document the pursuit of the Puerto Rican in New York and on the Island. La Casa’s Heritage Library is a prestigious research center which makes its services available to members, students and professionals.

COMMUNITY SERVICES
La Casa is an institution which is dedicated to the community. Our services are based on the objectives of providing and disseminating informative materials on the history and culture of Puerto Rico. La Casa provides outreach services to New York private and public schools, colleges and universities, community and governmental agencies, senior citizen centers and others.


BOARD MEMBERS and STAFF
Leticia Rodríguez
Executive Director

Rafael Merino Cortés
President

Justino Rodríguez
Secretary

Frank Garcia
Member

Donald Velazquez
Member

Carmen Vázquez
Member


FOUNDERS
Dr. Eloisa Rivera
Dr. Emeterio Cintrón
Dr. Rosa Estades
Dr. José Oscar Alers
Matilde Pérez de Silva


HONORARY MEMBERS
Luz María Vísbal Arroyo
Jaime González


MEMBER EMERITUS
Otilio Diaz
Dr. Ricardo Alegría
Elí S. Alvarado
Anita Velez-Mitchell


WEBSITE
Jorge Morales Rivera
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215 East 99 Street, Suite 18.2
New York, NY 10029

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