Thank you to everyone who participated in our 5th Annual Raices Gala on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture. We gathered on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria in recognition of the continued relief efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico. 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 were honored to present Ceiba Awards to legendary singer and songwriter Andy Montañez, also known as “El Godfather de la Salsa”; CBS News correspondent David Begnaud;and star in the NBC hit drama series “Chicago P.D.”, actor Jon Seda. Andy Montañez performed a special concert at the close of the event.

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


2018 Raices Gala Photos