La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. (The Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House, Inc.), also known as “La Casa”, and located in El Barrio/East Harlem since 1980, is historic, not-for-profit cultural and educational institution. La Casa was officially incorporated in 1983 by Puerto Rican pioneers as a Heritage Library and Resource Center, to promote, present and preserve the culture, literary work and arts of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, within the multicultural context of New York City.
La Casa provides essential structural supports 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: email@example.com or at (646) 360 – 4126.
La Casa offers weekly classes on traditional musical instruments such as the Cuatro, Puerto Rican folkloric dancing, and artisan arts and crafts.
La Casa’s main component is its Puerto Rican Heritage Library. The Library houses a specialized collection and scholarly resource center consisting of approximately 14,000 diversified books and periodicals newspapers, microfilms, photographs, sound and visual recordings, government documents and doctoral dissertations. These are available in Spanish and English. The availability of reference material provides an opportunity to fill the informational needs and interests. 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.
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
Rafael Merino Cortés
Assemblyman Luís Nine
Dr. Eloisa Rivera
Dr. Emeterio Cintrón
Dr. Rosa Estades
Dr. José Oscar Alers
Matilde Pérez de Silva
Luz María Vísbal Arroyo
Dr. Ricardo Alegría
Elí S. Alvarado
Jorge Morales Rivera
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