The Puerto Rican Institute for Arts and Advocacy, Inc., (PRIAA) is a 501-c3, non-profit organization dedicated to promote civic and cultural awareness for the Puerto Rican and Latino community through the performing and fine arts. PRIAA works with the state, city agencies, schools, universities, museums, gallery and existing organizations. They bring the best of PUERTO RICO and the Caribbean traditions to the state of Rhode Island, Boston, Springfield Connecticut and Holyoke, MA., New York, and Puerto Rico.
OUR MISSION: (PRIAA), was founded in 1994, which works adamantly to advocate for the Puerto Rican leaders community, and the Latinos Leaders in general. We strive to reach our communities with lessons to immerse them in a sense of pride of their cultural identity, their language, and at the same time acquire the commitment to maintain, develop, and transmit that pride generationally. Our advocacy directs through the arts and expressions to maintain the heritage of the Puerto Rican population. We advocate for the respect we deserve as American citizens who contribute to the social, political, economic, and cultural well being of the entire nation.
We strive to extend our culture to other Latino nationalities, as well as other nationalities, as an integral part our own culture, in particular the Caribbean culture- creating from our culture a cornerstone of communication among our population which lets us feel identified and proud of our cultural values and morals; of our race, our language, and our idiosyncrasy; as a point of union and brotherhood.
(PRIAA) runs Caribbean Arts programs in the community and in education. The programs are administered PRIAA. We are a creative, performing arts organization and as integrated arts and academic facilities, we have fostered the future leaders of the 21st century at Hartford Performs in partnership with the public school system in Connecticut and Rhode Island through the Instruction Development Center ( Popular Arts).