Published on January 21, 2022
Message from our Executive Director and Lead Educator Adelisa González-Lugo, MBA
Collective Impact, Alliances, Education and Innovation are the four axes to describe what happened at Fundación Cortés during the past year 2021. Over the years we have seen how our passion for the Caribbean Arts has served as a vehicle for social transformation at the service of our communities. It fills us with joy to have impacted over 1,000 students, teachers and older adults through our free programming, which for the first time integrated agroecology workshops complementing our curricula focused on art and wellness.
In line with our vision, I am proud to be part of the subcommittee of the Association of Caribbean Museums-ICOM Barbados together with nine representatives from the Caribbean basin to contribute to redefining the museum of the future. The commitment that always distinguishes our work team, and the extraordinary support of our co-founders, together with the Board of Directors and the trust of each of our social investors make all this possible. These efforts signify a new beginning of reflection and social and environmental awareness in the face of our tenth anniversary as an institution. Happy New Year 2022!
Around 1,000 students, teachers, and older adults from around Puerto Rico were benefited through the different programs of Educa Cortés.
Over 50 programs of Educa Cortés where offered to students from more than 45 public schools and 5 allied non-profit organizations.
We launched the pilot program of Educa Cortés: The Art of Well-being and Agroecology in alliance with La Perla Farm School and plastic artists, Angélica Rivera and Jerome Zayas, impacting 8 participants from the La Perla community.
We expanded the program Educa Cortés: The Art of Wellbeing and Agroecology for 41 scholarship students during the 4 weeks of July, integrating the Carnegie Library as a second educational space.
We opened the 9th exhibition Familia Cortés: Art, Culture and Entrepreneurship curated by Dr. Adlín Ríos Rigau, which shows part of the artistic heritage of five generations of the family. In 6 months we registered more than 3,400 visits.
We presented the 5th exhibition of the Guest Artists Program, La Borinqueña in San Juan, curated by its creator, graphic novelist Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez. In 6 months we registered more than 2,200 visits.
We held two presentations with artists participating in our exhibitions as part of our cultural offer. Likewise, we offered two workshops during La Campechada in honor of Don Ricardo Alegría.
We offered 6 Cortés Musical Surprises in Times of Pandemic, thanks to the sponsorship of the Jazz Foundation of America.