Annually, over 30,000 youth, students, and audience members explore, learn, and expand their appreciation of Puerto Rican culture and heritage through PRAA. Over half are urban youth, many with few opportunities to engage in music and arts educational programs. Yearly, more than 1,350 attend PRAA’s Emmy Award winning National Cuatro Festival. Most recently, PRAA was named one of Chicago’s Cultural Treasures.

Since 1998, PRAA has instilled music and arts appreciation in over 330,000 youth and audience members. Through PRAA’s Latin Music Project and Studio Arts & Exhibition Programs children and youth begin their path to higher learning aspirations. PRAA’s diverse programs share Puerto Rican music, arts, and culture beyond Chicago, the Midwest region, and the country.

PRAA is positioned to grow the Latin Music Project into a youth music conservatory, build upon its innovative performances and arts exhibitions, while increasing student learning and audience engagement. With increased resources, PRAA will expand appreciation for Latin music and arts and leave a lasting impact on the next generation of musicians and artists.

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