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Newsletter: August - October 2021

We share the best moments during the period of August - October 2021

Published on November 22, 2021

¡1,143 registered visits during the month of August at Fundación Cortés!

During the month of August we had in our Focus Room: Pedro Cortés Forteza, the works of the participants of our Educa Cortés Summer Camp: The Art of Wellness and Agroecology accompanying the artworks from the exhibition La Borinqueña in San Juan. These works were part of the art workshop facilitated by the artist and teacher Angélica Rivera during the month of July. Our rooms were open to the general public seven days a week throughout the month for the enjoyment of our visitors.

We began the month of August full of joy by launching our regular program Educa Cortés with participants from Espacio A, following health protocols. This visit marked the first time that we have resumed our regular programs in person, since the Covid-19 pandemic began, sponsored by FirstBank.

9 years educating and inspiring with our passion for Caribbean arts! What better way to celebrate our ninth anniversary than by sharing with parents and participants of our 2021 Summer Program sponsored by the Peter Alfond Foundation. Since 2012, over 14,000 participants have benefited from our educational experiences and more than 80,000 visits have been registered in our exhibition halls. We are happy to continue this extraordinary journey with the help of all of you and our sponsors. Thank you!

La Campechada 2021 is dedicated to Don Ricardo Alegría-Gallardo, and in preparation for the event in which we will participate, we received Freddy Vélez and Albeyra Rodríguez from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture on September 23 to discuss how to continue strengthening this alliance and preserve our historical and cultural heritage.

Madison Reyes, a young actress recognized for her participation in the Netflix series Julie and the Phantoms, surprised us last August with a pleasant visit. This talented young Emmy nominee joined our Activate your Powers with the Arts campaign promoting the purchase of the La Borinqueña-Special Edition Box. To purchase the box please call 787-567-4642.

In the month of October we had the pleasure of receiving Loida García-Febo from New York with her parents from Canóvanas, Puerto Rico. Loida was president of the American Library Association for the 2018-2019 term. The only Puerto Rican to reach such a prestigious position. Both her family and Loida were delighted with our exhibitions!

On September 25 we received Roberto Cruz and Francisco Javier Rodríguez, two artists from the world of comics who collaborated on the comic Ricanstruction, which is part of our exhibition La Borinqueña in San Juan. These artists shared their creative processes and experiences with the public, collaborating with Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez, creator of La Borinqueña, after the passage of Hurricane María.

On October 13 we received Douglas Pedro Sánchez Cortés, filmmaker and director of the film La Última Gira. We also shared with the actors Aris Mejías and Modesto Lacén, the editor Carlos Aponte and the producer Nadia Barbarossa led by the student and community leader from Loíza, Yosuel Osorio, who has been a participant in our programs. We appreciate the feat of the Chocobar Cortés team who created a special drink for the occasion called El Inquieto. What a banquet!

It should be noted that we integrated sign interpreters for both presentations and thus created an inclusive and accessible space for all those present.

We acknowledge the initiative of the organizations Espacio A, Center For Design Thinking and Innovation in Education, ASPIRA of Puerto Rico and Steps of Love Homeschool Group, among other organizations and public schools for visiting us with their students to benefit from our Educa Cortés program. These past months we have received students from towns such as Aguada, Aguadilla, Añasco, Arecibo, Arroyo, Bayamón, Las Marías, Loíza, San Juan and San Sebastián, thanks to the sponsorship of FirstBank.

Thanks to the funds allocated by the Peter Alfond Foundation, the La Perla Farm School is undergoing a remodeling process to continue offering art, wellness and agroecology workshops in the coming year 2022 and for the use of the La Perla community. Thanks to Jerome Zayas and Asociación Impacto Comunitario La Perla for continuing these efforts and creating jobs for community residents!

Cortés Hermanos, LLC, has just launched the Activate your Powers with the Arts campaign in celebration of National Puerto Rican Heritage Month in the United States. This campaign promotes the union with La Borinqueña to continue raising funds for our educational programs at Fundación Cortés and represents a great step to continue creating alliances through our Latin culture. Bravo!

We want to congratulate our Executive Director and Lead Educator, Adelisa González-Lugo, MBA, for the recognition she received at the Women Economic Forum Caribbean 2021 through the Trasciende campaign. In addition, she represents Fundación Cortés in the Subcommittee of the Museums Association of the Caribbean-ICOM Barbados, along with colleagues from Aruba, Barbados, The Bahamas, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, Puerto Rico, Sta. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago.

We appreciate the invitation from the MCS Foundation to attend the annual Face-to-Face event where social investors and organizations that this foundation supports met. There we learned about the new fundraising campaign to continue supporting programs such as those of the Fundación Cortés.

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