about us

Puerto Rico and the American Dream is the award-winning Web site on the history, culture and politics of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora. Founded eleven years ago by Judith Escalona and Stephanie Owens, this multimedia site continues to bring unique, original content online in English and Spanish. A film section, an online gallery, discussion boards, historical timelines and oral histories are featured along with announcements and current events postings. CentroTalks is produced in cooperation with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College/City University of New York, the largest Latino archive in the United States. CentroTalks presents a digest of the scholarly talks given at the Centro each academic year. Some of the most distinguished scholars in their fields present information that is of local, national and international significance. Six years ago, PRdream launched MediaNoche, a new media project and digital gallery located in Spanish Harlem. MediaNoche offers residencies and exhibition space for artists working in new media. The Digital Film Studio at MediaNoche is a space for independent filmmakers to converge. Works-in-progress screenings, screenplay readings and a variety of workshops are offered. Production equipment and offline digital post are also available.

PRdream's Summer Film Fest, formerly The Handball Court Outdoor Summer Film Festival, is an annual event, presenting world cinema in the 103rd Street Community Garden at sunset.

PRdream is the original curator of Nuyorican Cinema, the cinema of the Puerto Rican diaspora. A permanent online exhibition of these films can be seen here, along with critical essays about this little known part of American independent cinema. We welcome comments from visitors and wish to open up a dialogue about Puerto Rico and its relationship to the United States in the Forum discussion board. We are a 501(c)3 and all donations for the web site and our programs are tax-deductible. Donations should be made payable to PR Project Inc.

We are located in Spanish Harlem:

1355 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Telephone: 212.828.0401
Facsimile: 212.828.0402

Puerto Rico and the American Dream is made possible with the support and generosity of many arts and funding agencies, community groups, and others. If you would like to contribute to Puerto Rico and the American Dream, please click the "MAKE A DONATION" button on the homepage or contact us at: PRdream

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