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PRIDA, Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts, is an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Puerto Rican artists and the arts.

  • PRIDA grew out of Comité Noviembre’s Puerto Rican Artisan Fair and Exhibit. This, the largest such fair outside of Puerto Rico, takes place in November and has brought together the best Puerto Rican artists on the east coast for a day of arts, crafts and literature since 2006.
  • PRIDA advocates that funding for the arts should include and be distributed to the artists and organizations in our community.
  • PRIDA will update artists about funders that offer our members opportunities to apply for funding that will support the realization of their projects.
  • PRIDA supports Puerto Rican artists by establishing a membership program that advocates, empowers and services the member organizations and artists. Some of the goals of the membership program are:
    • To open up markets for the sale of art by Puerto Rican artists
    • Develop a database of galleries and art spaces
    • Inform members about upcoming events and venues that welcome their participation as vendors through our newsletter, website and social networking resources
    • Inform the community in general about events that preserve, promote and protect our arts and culture
    • Sponsor events to showcase and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture
    • Provide opportunities for our members to conduct workshops and other special events
    • Provide our members with workshops that provide unique hands-on training and critical educational skills necessary for their professional advancement.

If you are a Puerto Rican artist or organization and want to join the movement to promote, preserve and protect Puerto Rican arts and culture then become a member of PRIDA today! (Membership Application)

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Mission/Annual Programs

Comité Noviembre’s mission is to commemorate and acknowledge all aspects of Puerto Rican life from the social and cultural to the educational, economic and political. The charge of CN is to create an awareness of the rich culture, language and heritage of the Puerto Rican community and to acknowledge its numerous contributions to this state and nation.

Established in 1987, Comité Noviembre, CN, is a non-profit organization created to:

• Commemorate and pay tribute to the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to this nation.

• Promote, acknowledge, create awareness and take ownership of our rich culture, language, and history.

• Create open forums to discuss critical issues affecting the Puerto Rican community specifically in the areas of education, youth leadership development, health, politics and civic involvement.

• Institutionalize November as Puerto Rican Heritage Month throughout the nation.

CN is the only collaboration of its kind in the United States that bring together the collective talents and resources of eleven of the oldest and most prestigious Puerto Rican organizations:

• ASPIRA of New York
• El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños
• El Museo del Barrio
• Eugenio María de Hostos Community College
• Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly
• La Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular – Puerto Rico
• LatinoJustice – PRLDEF
• National Institute for Latino Policy
• National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights – Justice Committee
• Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration
• Musica de Camara
• La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc.

The combined network and outreach potential of these organizations is over 700,000 people through its member lists and internet capabilities.

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