Of Taíno Queens and the Legend of Yuiza

by Francisco G. Gómez Interested in boricua history, especially legends? Here’s a story that’s rather interesting. It’s the legend of Yuiza and her possible connection to the Afro/Taíno people of Loíza. On our first relief  assistance trip to Puerto Rico, … Continue reading

Raíces Cultural Center Awarded 2018 Park Partners Grant

Thanks to all of our neighbors and friends from Highland Park who came out and voted in the 2018 Park Partners Grant Competition. Raíces won in the Culture & Diversity category and will be expanding the Raíces Roots Music Concert Series.

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Taínasoy Apiario an Eco-Project in the Works – Part 2

by  Francisco G. Gómez As I said in part 1 of this piece, when I arrived at Taínasoy Apiario, there was lots of land preparation going on and construction of several projects were to begin in February of 2018. Noemi … Continue reading

Casa Pueblo and the Posterriqueño – Innovations in 21st Century Lighting

  by Francisco G. Gómez “Casa Pueblo is a project of community self management with the commitment to value and protect natural resources, both cultural and human. It was born in 1980 when the government of Puerto Rico wanted to … Continue reading

Parranda – Paranda at the Bronx Music Heritage Center

by Francisco G. Gómez Last Friday’s parranda at the Bronx Music Heritage Center was awesome; we had such a wonderful time at this community celebration. For those of you who may not know about the BMHC, well, it was founded … Continue reading

Raíces Spotlight on Eco-Warrior Kira Herzog

by Francisco G.Gómez We affectionately call her Kirita Bug because she’s always moving from task to task in almost total silence and never quits! This young lady has proven herself in so many ways, to be humble, loyal, hardworking, talented, … Continue reading

Water Is Life Update – Okeanos Indigenous Sailing Canoe

Raíces Cultural Center, along with more than a dozen community collaborators and co-sponsors and over fifty local and international artists, is gearing up for this weekend’s Water Is Life Art Exhibit Series Opening Reception. The Okeanos Foundation for the Sea … Continue reading

Be A Part of Our Upcoming Water Is Life Exhibit: Thunderbird Woman Coloring Page

Color your own Thunderbird Woman to add to the Thunderbird Woman Wall at the group art exhibit during the Water Is Life Opening Reception.

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LIVING IN THE SHADOWS: UNDERGROUND IMMIGRANT COMMUNITIES

by Francisco G. Gómez Since the Republicans took power a little over a month ago, the issues of illegal immigration have dominated the political landscape in an unprecedented way. Even if you attempt to turn a blind eye  to the constant … Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Eco-Art Exhibit featuring Artist Lisa Bagwell

by Nicole Wines On October 15, 2016, Raíces Cultural Center’s EcoCulture program presented a solo art exhibit and artist talk featuring the Eco-Art of Lisa Bagwell. The opening exhibit was a huge success, with over one hundred attendees visiting throughout … Continue reading