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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

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4048 W. Armitage Ave.





Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) is the longest-running 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 children who had been enslaved 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.

In 2007, SRBCC completed the purchase of a 13,000 square foot retail and office space, formerly the Karlov Theater dating to 1925. The building now houses an administrative office, a rehearsal space, a dance studio, a youth media center, two apartments, and a theater area. This one-of-a-kind venue is ideal for art installations, community theater, live music, video and photography.

Archived In

2022 , 2023