Puerto Rican Institute for Arts and Advocacy

About Puerto Rican Institute for Arts and Advocacy

The Puerto Rican Institute for Arts and Advocacy, Inc., (PRIAA) is a community and service organization dedicated to promote civic and cultural awareness for the Puerto Rican, and Latino community through the performing and fine arts. We are bringing the best of the Caribbean traditions to the state of Rhode Island and New England. PRIAA runs a Caribbean Arts Program in Rhode Island since 1995 and now through the Performing and Creative Arts as an integrated arts and academic development fostering the future 21st century leaders. PRIAA was founded by Lydia Perez, who has an extensive record of promoting activities that increase cross-cultural understanding, cultural awareness and the self-esteem of both children and adults. Lydia has spent the last twenty three years as a performer and cultural educator/activist in the U.S. Cuba and Puerto Rico. She has been recognized as a community asset by the Puerto Rican Affair Administration in Connecticut, "EntreArte" of Puerto Rico, offices of the Rhode Island Governor, Congressional and State representatives, Mayors of Providence and her town, Warwick. She is the director of YORUBA 2, an award-winning, nationally renowned traditional music and dance group from Puerto Rico. Her work has been highly sought by cultural organizations and school departments in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Lydia participated in the eight-hour Artists as Educators Seminar, Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students developed by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.” PRIAA is a proud member of National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, NALAC.

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