Help build educational music & arts programs for children and youth!
Dear Friends of PRAA,
As 2021 draws to a close, we would like to thank you for your support during this year! Whether you served as a volunteer, attended a virtual or in-person event, or were part of our donor community we appreciate you standing with us! Our music and studio arts educational programs, exhibitions, performances and events remain because of your participation and investments in helping us continue our mission.
In spite of the existential challenges faced by the non-profit and the performing arts sectors, PRAA remained steadfast in its commitment to educate Chicago’s youth in the performance, music and arts programming. These programs are anchored in the traditions of Puerto Rican and Latin music. We can also proudly say that, thanks to the creativity and resilience of our staff, Board of Directors and the generosity of our donors, our organization remains as strong as ever.
For many this year continued to bring its share of challenges, but it also brought opportunities for us, and a sense of gratitude for the arts excellence we were able offer. Easing of restrictions allowed us to again “socially gather” and to offer in person live experiences to our audiences. Noche Caribeña was held at Navy Pier, students returned for in person learning at the Latin Music Project Center, performances resumed at the newly named Juan & Gladys Mendez Music Hall, and a series of community concerts were launched at PRAA Center. PRAA returned to the Harris Theater for the 23rd Annual National Cuatro Festival honoring our beloved “Cuatro” connecting Puerto Ricans and reminding us of who we are and where we came from.
The accomplishments of this past year would not have been possible without PRAA’s extended family including: board & staff members, donors, sponsors, funders, volunteers, our students and their families, partner organizations and schools. At PRAA we seek to make sure that every student enrolled in our programs has the opportunity to reach their full potential through artistic expression. We continue to be dedicated to leveraging opportunities for musicians and artists to showcase their work for the community.
Together, we can use the arts as a means to “unite people through culture” while developing the artists and musicians of tomorrow. By making a financial contribution to PRAA TODAY you will help us continue serving more than 30,000 children, youth, families, and audience members through the arts. We are excited to bring you more educational programs and other events in the new year!
Carlos Hernandez, Founder & Executive Director