National Foundation For Popular Culture
The National Foundation for Popular Culture is a nonprofit organization duly incorporated in August 1996 by the Department of State of Puerto Rico. The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture acts as a custody agency under the Corporations Act of Puerto Rico.
Culture is the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from:
- scholarly pursuits
- social habits
The purpose of the National Foundation for Popular Culture is to advance the development of the Puerto Rican popular culture through the study, promotion and sponsorship of cultural events and artists that expose their works.
At the entrance you will find...
A smile and great knowledge of this piece of homeland
Location of The National Foundation for Popular Culture
Important people in our culture
Objective of the Foundation
The goal is to organize, research, study, archive, publish, catalog, conserve, produce, promote, exhibit, exchange and disseminate knowledge about popular culture, classical and folk of Puerto Rico and the world.
This goal has prevailed against all kinds of odds. The effects affect positively and negatively any culture.The dream of many Boricuas has been the positive side that has launched their dreams seen in the National Foundation. A brief summary of some important actions in behalf of our culture are.
- During the governorship of Muñoz Marín, cultural organizations were created as the Education Division of the Community established in 1949 as an adult literacy program in rural and urban areas throughout the Island. By producing film and printed material as books and posters, a workshop was developed of great importance in creating graphics and film material of Puerto Rican themes.
- Another cultural entity created during the 1950s was the Conservatory of Music and the free music schools created by Ernesto Ramos Antonini, Chairman of the House of Representatives for Puerto Ricans students interested in developing their artistic musical talents.
- In 1955 the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture was created in order to conserve, preserve and disseminate all cultural expressions of Puerto Ricans.
- The radio and television services of the people of Puerto Rico (WIPR and WIPM), created in 1958, were an important element in the release of Puerto Rican culture and contact with other cultures in the world.
- was created in 1958 on the occasion of the arrival to the island of the famous cellist Pablo Casals. The Government of Puerto Rico, through Development Administration, sponsored this Festival that is recognized internationally. The Casals Festival
- The archaeologist, folklorist and historian Sanjuanero Ricardo Enrique Alegría Gallardo (1921 - 2011) gave his talent to preserve, ensure, stimulate and prompt the various manifestations of our national culture.
The founder of The National Foundation for Popular Culture Javier Santiago has been commissioned to keep his own dream (as well as other's) organizing information about events and influential people of the island, while providing artistic activities such as:
- book presentations
- summer camp
- photo exhibitions
- poetry evenings
- folk music events.
National Foundation For Popular Culture
Treasures of cultureClick thumbnail to view full-size
The building where the National Foundation for Popular Culture is, provides:
- a courtyard
- an activity room
- two rooms for exhibitions
- a warehouse that contains over 15,000 long playing albums, magazine and periodical collections. They also have old radio recordings available for those who like to listen.
On the second floor is the School of Bomba y Plena of Doña Caridad Brenes de Cepeda, in which the founder Margarita "Tata" Cepeda shares her knowledge acquired in a career of 35 years.
On the third floor of the building, art and music classes are being offered.
What will you find?
An extensive collection of files store records in all formats, radio recordings, interviews, photos, negatives, videos in various formats, propaganda advertising, magazines, artwork, paintings, and other collectibles.
A place to learn and enjoyClick thumbnail to view full-size
- William Cepeda - Official Website
William Cepeda - Latin Jazz with African Roots from Puerto Rico
What is being done?
According to the objectives, the organization encourages and promotes awareness of popular culture, serving as a research resource and source of information for:
- communicators of all branches (including journalists, publicists and public relations)
- writers and / or screenwriters
- producers of shows
- developers, as well as government and educational organizations
It is in Spanish, but the pictures and music are priceless
The fourteenth anniversary
The video to the side presents the fourteenth anniversary celebration of the National Foundation for Popular Culture on August 13, 2008. The event was held at the headquarters of the organization in Old San Juan. (50 years of experience) opened the exhibition. Alfred D. Herger
In this show you can see performances by:
- Lucy Fabery
- Chucho Avellanet
- Lou Briel
- Tamara Escribano (Tammy)
- Zeny and Zory and Pijuan
The tenderness of the cats giving a special touchClick thumbnail to view full-size
Get in touch
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902-3971
Calle Fortaleza # 56
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 00901
Fax: (787) 725-2498
Maintenance of a living culture
This generation must leave a legacy to future generations. Are you satisfied and concerned with today's culture to be representative of the quality of this civilization? Mahatma Gandhi quoted: "A Nation's culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people."
The National Foundation income has been reduced to some sporadic donations, since they have failed to receive legislative funding, nor had the support of Act 52 for the creation and maintenance of jobs from the Labor Department. The federal background in that count is used to pay the salary of Malu Seda, its only employee. Is this fair? We need to stand up for our culture's life.
Let's think about this and look forward to achieve distinctive patterns that may allow a positive response to the questions that will arise in the future about:
who, what, where, and when?
Blessings to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
You are welcome to visit The National Foundation
© 2013 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
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