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The Puerto Rican Institute for the Arts and Advocacy, Inc. (PRIAA) is a non-profit organization founded in October 1994 by Puerto Rican artist Lydia Pérez, an internationally renowned performance and folklore artist, dedicated to promoting and facilitate citizenship and cultural awareness of Puerto Rico through the music and the arts. On October 30, 2021, PRIAA opened its Cultural Heritage Center in Pawtucket to continue internships and promotion in our collaborative space.

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Our programs is made possible in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, ​the City of Pawtucket, RI - Pawtucket City Hall - Mayor's Office,  Department of Arts Culture and Tourism, City of Providence,  Rodriguez Family Fund by the Rhode Island Foundation; and Papitto Opportunity Connection.

Our Saints of Puerto Rico program is made possible by The Southern New England Apprenticeship Program, with funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and supported by Connecticut Humanities, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut Officer of the Arts (DECD), and the Mass Cultural Council and the City of Providence - Mayor's Jorge Elorza.

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