Join us this year on Thursday, September 19th for the 6th Annual Raices Gala to support the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. This year, the event takes place at Galleria Marchetti (825 W. Erie St.) in River West.

The Annual Raices Gala helps to raise the funds required for NMPRAC to continue to thrive as a cultural anchor in the City of Chicago as well as become the preferred destination for all those wanting to learn about the rich history, art, and culture of Puerto Rico. 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.

Each year as part of our gala, NMPRAC selects major artists to receive the prestigious Ceiba Award, the only national award granted to Puerto Ricans for their artistic and cultural accomplishments and contributions. We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Ceiba Award recipients are Jimmy Smits (of L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, The West Wing, Bluff City Law, In The Heights (2020)) and esteemed author Esmeralda Santiago (“When I was Puerto Rican” (1994), “Almost a Woman” (1999)).

Purchase your tickets today for Raices 2019! Additionally, if you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Billy Ocasio at


Please consider a donation to support NMPRAC and our programs this year.


 2018 Raices Gala Photos