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Ald. Moreno reiterates support for Community Effort to Refurbish Von Humboldt and DuPrey School

Posted on 24 March 2015 by alejandro

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On Friday, March 14, 2015, CPS announced its intention to sell several building that were shuttered in 2013, including the 3 story, 100 year old located at 2620 W. Hirsch. In response Ald. Joe “Proco” Moreno announced his intention to fully sup- port the refurbishing of these buildings for housing and education ao uses including the creation of a teachefrs village and a possible middle lab school.

In the article, the reporters note the following about the entire effort: Equally intriguing about Moreno’s plan is the proposal to create housing for current and retired teachers. Like the LGBTQ senior affordable housing on the site of the Old Town Hall Police District at 3600 N. Halsted, the project would market to teachers so it wouldn’e violate fair-housing laws. It would also be not-for-profit despite in- terest fom private developers, he said.

Puerto Rican Cultural Center director Jose? E. Lo?pez said his organization was pull- ing together together a bid with the Illinois Facilities Fund to create a “Community as a Campus.”

There would be space for parent and teacher training, and some housing that teachers could afford as the gentrifying neighborhoods rent rise, Lo?pez said, de- scribing it as “a little educational hub” where the 11 elementary schools feeding into Roberto Clemente High School also could interact.

By Sergio Rolon

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Clemente Nears the End of IB Authorization Journey

Posted on 24 March 2015 by alejandro

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Back-to-back IB Verification Visits in March marked the final active steps in Clemente’s journey to become authorized in the Career-related Programme (CP) and Middle Years Programme (MYP). On Wednesday, March 11 the school was visited by two evaluators from the IB CP who spoke with teachers, students, parents and LSC members, and toured the facilities for Broadcast Technology, Allied Health, and Culinary Arts. Upon authorization, the Career-related Programe will provide a combination option for juniors and seniors who want to pursue career education but also challenge themselves with IB Diploma Programme classes.

On March 16-17, the verification team for the IB Middle Years Programme visited the school and conducted a similar review process. In addition to the steps for the CP, they also met with MYP (grades 9-10) teachers from every subject area, participated in 24 classroom observations, and re- viewed unit plans and samples of assessed student work. They were eager to hear about soph- omores’ experience working on Personal Projects this year, as well as the many service projects students have engaged in.

The teams’ reports are part of the evidence that will be used by IB Americas and the IBO to make a final determination on authorization in these two programs. Both teams left with high praise for the school’s inclusive approach and the culture that has been established at Clemente in recent years.

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Roberto Clemente Community Academy is an IB World School authorized to offer the Diploma Programme.

By Elizabeth Kelley, Roberto Clemente Community Academy

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Caliban: an exhibition of Puerto Rican contemporary artists

Posted on 24 March 2015 by alejandro

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The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (NMPRAC) is pleased to inaugurate the exhibition, Caliban, artists Chemi Rosado Seijo, Karlo Andrei Ibarra, Melvin Martinez, Radames ‘Juni’ Figueroa, Jesus ‘Bubu’ Negron and Alia Farid this Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6 pm.

The exhibition brings together a group of renowned contemporary Puerto Rican artists featured in the publication, Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes of Phaidon Press, which positions to San Juan of Puerto Rico among the twelve cities avant-garde in contemporary art worldwide.

These artists echo the contemporary production of the art scene in Puerto Rico in the last decade. They are established figures that work in different media (tradi- tional and nontraditional), but all share two qualities: a commitment to experimental art and a dedication to the local environment by exploring the artistic cultural heritage and the contemporary frame of mind of Island. They live and produce their work from the Island to the world, transcending borders. “As the only Puerto Rican museum outside of Puerto Rico, we are very excited to present Caliban as the first major exhibit coming directly from Puerto Rico to our National museum since opening our doors in September of 2015”, stated Billy Ocasio, CEO from NMPRAC. The exhibition includes a selection of representative works, and commissioned work of the artists including drawing, installation, sculpture, video and painting. “Presenting Caliban is an opportunity to offer to the community new representations in art that also belong to our culture. It also brings a chance to get to meet contemporary artists with international reach that come from the Island”, stated Bianca Ortiz Declet, Director of Exhibitions and Education Programming in NMPRAC.

Under the curatorship of Marina Reyes Franco, Caliban, arises from a postcolonial perspective and uses as reference the essays Caliban, by Roberto Fernandez Retamar and El Destierro de Caliban by Ivan de la Nuez and the interpreted literary analysis of the characters in the play, The Tempest by William Shakespeare, with its references to the Caribbean and Latin American.

“Caliban, is taken as a proposal to explore a dual purpose, being a display exhibition and a space so that the narrative of the art scene is discussed by those who built it. “More than an instance of showing work is the op- portunity to retake the word about how artists in Puer- to Rico and the scene are understood and represented locally and its relevance to the art scene worldwide. The works displayed here explore various approaches thematic collaborative work, not only in the realization of parts, but the participation of the public, either through the positioning of the body or with the activation of the works in room”, stated Marina Reyes Franco.

Caliban will be presented from April 2, 2015 to July 2015. NMPRAC is located in 3015 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622. For more information, you may contact 773.486.8345 or email Bianca Ortiz Declet biancao@nmprac.org

By Bianca Ortiz Declet, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

 

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Frente mas de 100 personas Concejal Roberto Maldonado habla sobre Nuevo Proyecto en Paseo Boricua

Posted on 24 March 2015 by alejandro

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El pasado 23 de febrero, durante una conferencia de prensa para desvelar las rendiciones arquitectonicas el Concejal Roberto Maldonado pro- nuncio el siguiente discurso frente un nutrido grupo de mas de cien personas: Estoy orgulloso de estar aqui presente junto a uno de los lideres mas estimado de la comunidad puer- torriqueña  y muy amigo mio por muchos años – Jose Lopez.  Jose tienes extraabilidad de mirar mas alla de lo que se da por sentado. El ha previsto el sentido de la inminente crisis y ha tenido la vision de crear una solución.

Por una decada, este lugar, que albergaba la compañia Ashland Sausage, esta vacante. La unica actividad que se veia era de graffitis de gangueros en sus paredes y los empleados de la ciudad borrandolos. Pero gracias a la vision de Jose Lopez, este edificio, sera reimaginado, reinverntado y revitalizado como un lugar para que ar- tistas locales vivan y puedan crear. Este es el lugar sitio del futuro Paseo Boricua Arts Buildings el que estamos hoy inagurando.

Como usted podra saber, Humboldt Park esta en una transicion. En el 2014, la firma de bienes raices online, Redfin proyecto que Humboldt park seria uno de los diez lugares mas atractivos para invertir en todo el pais . Y vemos esta proyeccion como real, ya que el precio de la vivienda promedio se ha disparado en un 42% en el ultimo año hasta llegar a $260,000.

Esta fuerza del mercado esta desplazando a los artistas fuera de nuestra comunidad y fuera de nuestra ciudad. Nosotros no podemos permitir que los artistas se muden de Humboldt park debido a los precios. Ellos son importantes para el alma y el corazon de nuestra comunidad. Tanto asi como para nuestra economia.

Cuando Jose idealizo el edificio Paseo Boricua Arts Building, el vio este punto venir. El  tenia a la vista siete edificios en su interes, incluyendo la fabrica de salchi- chas en Paseo Boricua – El alma cultural de Humboldt Park, y lo imagino como un edificio para que los artistas vivan y trabajen con 15 apartamentos asequibles para los artistas y sus familias, un teatro con 99 asientos para diferentes medios (peliculas, artes teatrales y conciertos, una galeria de arte de alrededor de 3,000 pies cuadrados que permitira a artistas residentes y locales vender su arte y un salon de piano y bodega de vinos de America Latina y el espiritu del Caribe. Junto con la asistencia de Division Street Business Development Association, alrededor de 20 artistas locales de diversos antecendentes artisticos ya han preparado sus planes de negocio que les ayudaran a mantener unos espacios de artistas sustentable y convertirse en los futuros dueños.

El Paseo Boricua Arts Building es un ejemplo impresionante de lo que es posible cuando la fe en un lugar es combinada con la experiencia en el desarrollo, apoy- ado por la comunidad y la pasion de los artistas. Esto no hubiese sido posible sin la colaboracion de Richard Sciortino, Principal de Brindshore Development, LLC, Urban Works Architecture y Jim Banks, Presidente de Belmont Bank.

No queremos perder la proxima generacion de artistas al moverse a otras ciudades como Nueva York. El Paseo Boricua Arts Building sera un foco cultural para la comunidad y un lugar que inspirara creatividad. Y me siento orgulloso de ser parte de esto.

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26th Ward Organization Shows its Power Alderman Maldonado Handily Beats 2 Challengers with 1209 votes over closest opponent

Posted on 24 March 2015 by alejandro

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On Tuesday, February 24, the voters of the 26th Ward overwhelmingly re-elected Roberto Maldonado as their alderman. Despite the vicious attacks on the Alderman by his detractors, Ald. Maldonado prevailed with an advan- tage of 1209 over his nearest opponent by popular vote and won 41 precincts out of 49.

Ald. Maldonado proved that his record of delivering services to his constituents, his tireless commitment to improving the quality of life of the residents of the 26th, particularly in the area of housing, education, city services and safety. He has been embarking on framing the housing question in the community with a new vi- sion based on specialty housing. Examples of this are the Paseo Boricua Arts Building, which will provide live and work spaces for artists, and the Borinqueneers Vet- erans housing project at Norwegian American Hospital. Under the guise of progressive politics and good government, a wholesale attack was launched against the empowerment of our community. In this election veiled racist attacks launched against Ald. Maldonado by the supporters of Adam Corona were joined by the echoes of Juanita Irizarry’s followers (so-called progres- sives) who come into our community as the deliverers to save the Puerto Ricans and Latinos from the evil de- signs of incumbent Roberto Maldonado. These proved baseless, but more importantly, they were rejected by our community’s support for Ald. Maldonado.

Ald. Maldonado is looking forward to 4 more years of community driven growth and development. With his support, the Consuelo Lee Corretjer Daycare and Head Start program will soon be housed in the former Parent Child Center at 1345 N. Rockwell St. to serve the more than 100 pre-schoolers.

The Alderman has recently met with several business- es and banks to increase investment in Paseo Boricua corridor, as well as, to insure that three more business- es will open shortly. In his own words, Ald. Maldonado states: “I look forward to building on the work we have accomplished since I took office in 2009. Providing the best educational options for our children, keeping our streets safe, and encouraging economic development will make Humboldt Park and the 26th Ward one of the best places to live and work in the city.”

By Sergio Rolon

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Grand Opening of Parent University at Roberto Clemente Community Academy on March 26, 2015

Posted on 23 March 2015 by alejandro

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As parent participants in the five week mini-course taught by the Grace Media Group received their course participation certificates, and safe passage workers continue to engage in a myriad of educational programs at Roberto Clemente Com- munity Academy, excitement contin- ues to build around the opening of the Parent Popular Institute/Parent University in Humboldt Park. Set for next Thursday March 26th, the open- ing of the Parent University has been brought about in part by the efforts of the Community as a Campus ini- tiative (CaaC), with the vision of mak- ing each school in the neighborhood a safe and inviting place to explore the world.

Parents of students from neigh- borhood schools have been the first community members invited to par- ticipate in CPS’ newly formed Parent University, which is located on the third floor of Clemente and is a part of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s (PRCC) Parent Popular Institute. In addition to the mini-courses, computer and math tutorials, the Parent University at Clemente is of- fering pre-bridge programming in manufacturing and health care, in order to provide participants with a bridge to higher paying jobs.

Having produced their own vid- eos, depicting their personal visions of Paseo Boricua, safe passage work- ers have now completed the first of many mini-courses. Some of the up- coming mini-courses include African drumming, as well as culinary classes, fitness classes and many more. We would like to congratulate each of the participants of the Grace Me- dia Group video course and applaud them on their success in completing the first mini-course of the Parent University at Clemente Community Academy.

By Michael Kurshan-Emmer, PRCC Safe Passages staff

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Clemente Awarded Status as IB World School

Posted on 23 March 2015 by alejandro

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Roberto Clemente Community Academy has just been awarded official status as an IB World School authorized to offer the Diploma Programme. This marks the end of a three-year application process, during which teachers and administrators prepared policies, curriculum documents, resources and supports
for students to engage in this intensive, college-preparatory pathway. According to a study by the Chicago Consortium on School Research, participation in the Diploma Programme results in higher high school GPAs, as well as increased college acceptance and graduation rates. Starting in Fall 2015, Clemente
juniors will be eligible to participate in the full Diploma Programme, or may choose to take individual courses in specific subject areas.A report sent to the school last Tuesday evening includes findings from the authorization process, along with several commendations for areas where the school goes
above and beyond the requirements to be an IB World School. Some of those commendations include:

• The school developed a leadership group dedicated to creating a positive and safe school climate
by promoting respectful communication.

• The principal and DP coordinator demonstrate exceptional pedagogical leadership.

• The school has gone above and beyond the requirements of the programme in providing teachers
and other staff with professional development opportunities.

• The school offers substantial language support to both students and parents in response to
community needs.

• The school and school district have developed a number of methods to support students with
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The school is nearing completion of their candidacy for the IB Middle Years Programme and IB Career-related
Programme as well. Authorization visits for those programs will occur later this spring.

 

By Elizabeth Kelley

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DR. STEVE WHITMAN Greenhouse Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican H.S. to name

Posted on 23 March 2015 by alejandro

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Steve Whitman profoundly loved and respected his father George. When George Whitman died in 1990, Steve was wanted to do something special in his name. He decided to link the love of his father with his love of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School by creating the George Whitman Scholarship Fund. Each year Steve would present a graduating student at Pedro Albizu Campos High School with a financial award in his father’s name. Of course, that was just one connection Steve had to Paseo Boricua. Many of the health initiatives currently in place grew out of Steve’s groundbreaking research on the health of the residents in the area and his recommendations and fundraising efforts for improvement. One example is the development of an urban agricultural curriculum of which the Greenhouse is a part. Of course, Steve did not do this work as an individual. Many of his colleagues at the Sinai Urban Health Institute played critical roles, and of course it is the embracing of the work by members of the community that has been most essential. When Steve died this past summer after battling with cancer, it seemed only natural that the Greenhouse be renamed after Steve. We set ourselves a goal of raising $36,000 to help sustain the Greenhouse, and on May 19th which is Steve’s birthday, there will be a ceremony to rename the Greenhouse in his memory. We invite you to participate in what will no doubt be a continuation of the celebration of Steve’s life. I am excited to say that we have thus far raised $26,000 of our $36,000 goal. It has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to interact with the remarkable group of people that were Steve’s friends and acquaintances, and I am touched with the generosity. I want to thank everybody who has participated from the bottom of my heart. We still have not quite reached our goal. If you are able to help us get there, you can write a check made out to PACHS and send it to PACHS, c/or Nancy Kurshan, 2739 West Division Street, Chicago, Illinois 60622. Or if you prefer to donate via online banking or PAYPAL, please make sure to write “PACHS/Whitman” in the memo portion. And SAVE THE

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Community Artists Live and Work Building to Usher In New Wave of Economic Development

Posted on 23 March 2015 by alejandro

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New Holistic Cultural Center Showcases Artist Live/Work Spaces, Performance Theater, Art Gallery and Latin American Wine Bar Project Transforms Long-Abandoned Buildings on 2700 Block of West Division Street Alderman Roberto Maldonado of the 26th Ward, PRCC Executive Director, Jose Lopez, Richard Sciortino, Principal of Brinshore Development, LLC, and Urban Works Architects and James J. Banks, Chairman, Belmont Bank will officially unveil the new Paseo Boricua Arts Building on Monday, February 23 joined by more than 100 local community residents and civic leaders. The greatly anticipated project will transform seven buildings on the 2700 Blotck of West Division Street, including the former site of Ashland Sausage Company vacant since 2005-into the first-ever cultural center in Chicago with a holistic focus on promoting the talents of local artists in various media. The center will offer 15 live/work residences for artists and their families; a 99 seat multi-media theater with film, theatre, and concert performances; and a nearly 3,000 square foot art gallery with a retail component allowing resident and local artists to sell their artworks. A piano lounge showcasing wines from Latin America and spirits from the Caribbean will become an anchor for nightlife on the Paseo Boricua corridor. With assistance from the Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA) over twenty local artists from diverse arts backgrounds have prepared business plans that will help them to maintain sustainable artist spaces and become future tenants of the building. For over forty years, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center (PRCC) – under the leadership of Jose E. López – has been dedicated to preserving cultural identity and expanding the Paseo Boricua Cultural and Commercial corridor on Division Street, the heart of the Puerto Rican community. The Paseo Boricua Arts Building strengthens the well-developed ecosystem of this business and cultural district, bringing further economic stimulation, stability and community pride. Alderman Roberto Maldonado, 26th Ward, Jose E. López, Executive Director, Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Richard Sciortino, Principal, Brinshore Development, LLC Urban Works Architects, and James J. Banks, Chairman, Belmont Bank Monday, February 23, 10:30 a.m. Speaking Program 10:45 a.m.

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Ald. Maldonado, Ald. Suarez. Ald. Reyboyras; Join Community 3 Kings Days Celebration

Posted on 23 March 2015 by alejandro

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Despite the inclement weather, hundreds of youth, ages 0-12, received gifts on January 6, 2015 in two locations in the greater Humboldt Park Community: in the gym at Roberto Clemente Academy and in the Field House of Humboldt Park. As the kids arrived, volunteers served them hot chocolate and cookies donated by Clemente High School; and the Clemente School Steel Band delighted them with holiday music. A short program was held, starting at the Roberto Clemente’s gym, where Aldermen Roberto Maldonado, Ray Suarez and Ariel Reyboyras, as well the principal, Marcey Sorensen, spoke to the audience. Jose E Lopez, Executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, addressed the meaning of the 3 Kings in the Puerto Rican and Latin American context. Several Members of the Latin American Motorcycle Association (L.A.M.A.) also spoke about their contribution to the celebration. The members of L.A.M.A., under the leadership of Toys for Tots, annually collect the toys which are distributed during the 3 Kings distributed. This annual celebration of the most significant day of the PRCC ritual calendar would not have been Day in Humboldt Park. Following the program, hundreds

of youngsters received gifts from the 3 Kings of L.A.M.A. Members of L.A.M.A. and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center then moved to the Humboldt Park Field House where the same program was held and more gifts were possible with the support of East Town Bikes, DSBDA, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School, Brenda Torres, Nereida Aviles, Clemtnes’s ACA and LAMA.

 By PRCC staff

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