Celebrating our Heritage.

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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) is the longest-standing Latino cultural center in Chicago.

Established in 1971, it was named in honor of Segundo Ruiz Belvis, a Puerto Rican patriot and member of a secret abolitionist society that freed slave children under Spanish rule. In that spirit, SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico and Latin America, with a focus on its African heritage.

La Plena

Plena is traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music born in the late part of the 19th century in the town of Ponce, located in the southern part of the island.

This popular music genre has been used both as a way of celebration, and as a tool to protest against the local and federal government for critical issues affecting one of the world’s oldest colonies.

Chicago’s most sought-after plena

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La Cantera

The program incorporates young veterans of Ruiz Belvis’ Afro-Caribbean Jazz and Afro-Latin Percussion apprenticeships with guest appearances by the city’s top local and touring Latin music talent. Through a dynamic performance schedule participants engage in the business of musical performance, learning to leverage their talents and exposure.

Upcoming Events

La Cantera & Friends Residency

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Urban Gardening

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Emplegoste! Plena fusion from Puerto Rico

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Paoli Mejías – La Cantera & Friends

March 15 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Youth Programs

Organized activities and initiatives designed to engage and support young people in their personal, social, and educational development.

Interactive workshops

Interactive Workshops
Regional Dance

On - site accommodations

Artist Residency

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center houses touring artists committed to working with local artists and community members in Hermosa and other underserved communities in Chicago. Many of the visiting artists that participate in SRBCC’s programs stay at our two on-site apartments for artists

Our Space

In 2007 SRBCC completed the purchase of a 13,000 square feet retail and office space in Chicago’s Hermosa neighborhood.

This venue is ideal for art installations, community theater, live music, video and photography.


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