The recent opening of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture is a community dream two decades in the making.
It is a dream that has demanded true strength, perseverance and dedication. NMPRAC stands as a magnificent testament to the enduring values and self-determination of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community and the commitment of the many supporters of the arts who cherish cultural diversity in the city of Chicago.
As a nonprofit museum, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture must rely on the generosity of its friends and supporters to meet the significant costs and personnel needs of providing programs and services, year-round, to thousands of local, national and international visitors.
We invite you to explore this section of the website to discover ways that you can support the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture with both your time and financial resources.
Your support will serve as a living legacy, providing our community with an extraordinary opportunity to discover and reconnect with the Puerto Rican experience. It will help ensure that the vibrant story of the Puerto Rican people will be preserved, explored and celebrated for years to come.
A Year End Letter From Our CEO, Billy Ocasio
Dear Museum Friends and Family,
What a year we have had! From exhibits to events, to fulfilling goals towards our national accreditation.
2017 has been a purposeful year for The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC).
NMPRAC was chosen by the Chicago Architecture Biennial to be an anchor site. The museum partnered with other cultural institutions to produce, “The Humboldt Park Stables: A Transition into the Future”, an exhibit highlighting the rich history of the community. Throughout 2017 we also featured seven exhibits created by local and nationally recognized artist.
At our 4th Annual Raices Gala: A Celebration of Our Roots, we had the honor of presenting Rita Moreno and Quiara Alegria Hudes with our national Ceiba Award. Presented to artist that are deeply rooted in the Puerto Rican culture. Not only did the gala raise essential funds for the museum, it kicked started a campaign which raised over $65,000 for Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Relief efforts.
We welcomed thousands of guest throughout 2017 and over 50 news outlets for a press conference held by Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda for his relief efforts for Puerto Rico, further developing the media coverage NMPRAC received.
Our record increase of attendance, development of new relationships and strengthening of the museum’s position, here in the local community, Puerto Rico and nationally, could not have been possible without the support of charitable donors. We thank you if you have been one of the donors, but we remind you that there is still time to give.
As the year comes to an end, please consider making a tax deductible contribution by going to our website ( www.nmprac.org ) and clicking on the “Donate” button, or by sending your check to:
3015 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Your contribution will help NMPRAC achieve our dreams and meet the high goals we have set for 2018!
From our Museum Family to yours, thank you for 2017 and we look forward to your presence in 2018!
Chief Executive Officer
National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
3015 W. Division Street l Chicago, IL 60622