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UIC’s Rafael Cintron Ortiz Latino Cultural Center Celebrates 40 Years of Art, Social Change

Newswise — The Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center is celebrating 40 years on the UIC campus with an event on Sept. 14 and a two-day open house.

The first cultural center at UIC when it opened in 1976, the center was born of a mid-1970s movement that also sparked the emergence of the Latin American and Latino Studies program in 1974, and the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services program in 1975. Thanks to the vision of Latina/o students, faculty, staff and community members who fought for a cultural center to support the academic growth of the increasing Latina/o student population on campus, the center became the third pillar of the movement.

All events are free.
WHAT:

Celebratory Event, Sept. 14, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meet the Social Pollinator Project’s artists and hear musical performances
Taste food from the center’s “40 Recipes Cookbook,” on sale to benefit the center
Bid in the Aerial Advocacy Auction to benefit the Fearless Undocumented Alliance scholarship

Open House, Sept. 14 and 15, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Explore 40 years of archives on display in the center gallery
Watch the Social Pollinators Project in process with 10 Latina/o artists
Purchase the “40 Recipes Cookbook,” on sale to benefit the center

WHERE:

UIC Latino Cultural Center (Lecture Center B2)

803 S. Morgan St.
DETAILS:

Funding is provided by the Chicago Community Trust and USDA Forest Service International Programs. Co-sponsors include the UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos, Great Cities Institute, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES), Office of the Chancellor, Office of Diversity, Office of the Provost and Office of Public and Government Affairs.