In “Only Puerto Rican Museum in U.S. Is Celebrating Its Humboldt Park Home,” Paul Biasco writes about the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (formerly known as the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture) and upcoming events. This weekend at Humboldt Park, the museum hosts the Barrio Arts Fest, with Puerto Rican artists, vendors, and art workshops. The fest will also include food, a classic car show, traditional Bomba dance, and live music. The museum is located at 3015 W Division Street, Chicago, Illinois. See excerpts below:
Did you know the country’s only museum that is entirely focused on Puerto Rican arts and culture is in Humboldt Park?
If your answer was “no,” you aren’t alone, according to the museum’s director, who said one of the biggest challenges is spreading the word not only throughout the city but also to neighborhood residents that the museum exists.
The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture is about to commemorate its opening in what was once a horse stable in the park this month with the 16th edition of the Barrio Arts Fest.
This year’s festival will mark the extensive reconstruction of the former Humboldt Park Stables into the museum.
“It’s basically a celebration,” said Bianca Ortiz Declet, the director of exhibitions and education programming at the museum, 3015 W. Division St. “It’s in the heart of Humboldt Park. It’s perfect.”
The museum was previously known as the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture before undergoing a name change and transformation into a full-blown museum in 2014.
The staff began hosting summer art workshops this year to get neighborhood kids and the community more involved and connected to the museum and Puerto Rican culture. [. . .]
Also see http://nmprac.org/