Somos Boricuas: Understanding Puerto Rican Migration and Community Building through the Arts and Humanities




New York, NY


July 14-27, 2024


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




The Somos Boricuas Institute uses Puerto Rican migration to the mainland United States as a case study to explore key humanities questions that are at the heart of the American migration/immigration experience. What is a citizen? What rights is a citizen entitled to and what obligations does citizenship carry with it? What roles do cultural traditions and expressive arts play in how migrant communities forge identities in their new homes and maintain cultural connections to their places of birth? Through guest lectures, workshops, hands on activities, performances, and excursions, we will address these questions through the everyday arts of music, visual arts, foodways, festival arts, and vernacular architecture in this distinctive migrant community.

Project Director(s)

Elena Martinez

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Virginia Sanchez Komal; Orlando Hernandez; Cesar Montijo Colon; Nydia Edgecombe; Charles Venator-Santiago; Suzanne Seriff; Bobby Sanabria

Grantee Institution

City Lore

Funded through the Division of Education Programs