Presenters for PRFAA/CODECU
Event Announced

Roundtable Discussion with the Puerto Rican Diaspora

Friday, April 25
5 to 8 pm
Hunter College Silberman Building
Centro Library & Archives
2180 Third Avenue and 119th Street, East Harlem

The New York Regional Office of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) has announced the five prominent Puerto Rican performing artists who will present at the April 25 roundtable conference designed to stimulate the production of culture.

The presenters at the event, which is part of a series of talks the Commission for the Development of Culture (CODECU), is holding on the island as well as stateside, include: playwright and author Carmen Rivera for the literary arts discussion; historian/activist Debbie Quinones for culinary arts; bandleader and art educator Johnny Colon on music/song; Eileen Reyes Arias, director of community and government affairs on museums/collections; and movie producer Roberto Alcazar, who is scheduled for the film/television roundtable.

The conference, which will be held at the Centro Library and Archives, was designed to get broad input from the community, so it is free and will be live streamed by Centro at

The event will include brief presentations from the cultural leaders followed by the participatory roundtable discussions and plenary session. Registration begins at 4 pm.

The commission will submit a final report to the island’s governor with recommendations on cultural public policy on or before December 15, 2014. This is a unique opportunity to share your thoughts, priorities and plans as a community member.

For more information regarding the CODECU, visit

RSVP for the Centro event is strongly encouraged. Confirm at (212) 252-7300. Those interested in joining the conference online should register with or to get a survey and guiding questions.