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Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno has won all four of the most prestigious awards in show business: the Oscar, the Tony, two Emmys, and a Grammy. Her countless credits span more than six decades, beginning with her Broadway debut at age 13. Moreno has starred on Broadway; London's West End; appeared in more than 40 feature films, and countless television shows; has performed in numerous regional theaters including her one woman show, Life Without Makeup at the Berkeley Rep. She is currently on a 30+ city concert and lecture tour around the country.

She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004 and the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in 2010. This past December, Rita received a Kennedy Center Honor for her lifetime contributions to American Culture. In 2013, her first book, Rita Moreno: A Memoir, published by Celebra Books instantly became a New York Times Bestseller. In January 2014, Rita received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and she served as the Grand Marshal of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in June 2015.

That same year she released her first ever all Spanish language album, Una Vez Más, produced by Emilio Estefan. She currently lends her voice to character “Abuelita” in the new animated series, Nina’s World, on NBC-TV’s Sprout Network. Rita currently stars in the Latino remake of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom, One Day at a Time, which airs on Netflix.

4th Annual Raices Honoring: Rita Moreno and Quiara Alegria Hudes

We are excited to announce our 4th Annual Gala, RAICES: A Celebration of our Roots on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6pm at our fully restored landmark, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture at 3015 W. Division in Chicago.

Each year as part of our gala, NMPRAC selects two major artists to receive our prestigious Ceiba Award, the only national award granted to Puerto Ricans for their artistic and cultural accomplishments. Join us in honoring this year's National Puerto Rican Ceiba Award Recipients: Rita Moreno and Quiara Alegria Hudes. Read more about our honorees below.

The Annual Raises Gala helps to raise the necessary funds of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture to continue the thrive as a cultural anchor in the City of Chicago as well as become the preferred destination for all those wanting to learn about our rich history, art and culture.

As the only self-standing Puerto Rican museum in the United States our vision is to collaborate with other institutions to harness the necessary resources in order to expand our programming, exhibits and visitor experience.

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Quiara Alegría Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes is a writer, strong wife and mother of two, distinguished professor at Wesleyan University, barrio feminist and native of West Philly, U.S.A. Hailed for her work’s exuberance, intellectual rigor, and rich imagination, her plays and musicals have been performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and around the world in many languages.

They include Water By the Spoonful, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; In the Heights, winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Pulitzer finalist; Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue, another Pulitzer finalist; and The Happiest Song Plays Last, which premiered at Chicago's own Goodman Theatre. Her new musical Miss You Like Hell, about an undocumented mother and her citizen daughter, opens in New York next season.

Originally trained as a composer, Quiara has always written at the intersection of music and drama. Quiara has collaborated with renown musicians including Ceiba recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda, legendary trecero Nelson Gonzales, Latin jazz pianist Michel Camilo, and the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, for whom she wrote an original orchestral play.

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