Puerto Rico Symphony and island’s other cultural groups offer help in aftermath of earthquake

Posted on: January 16, 2020

“Cultural organizations in Puerto Rico are mobilizing efforts in response to the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that rocked the island on January 7, sending aftershocks and temblors that have continued for weeks,” writes Valentina Di Liscia in Monday’s (1/13) Hyperallergic. “Museums and institutions are serving as collection centers and charging stations … raising funds for recovery efforts…. Through its initiative Cultura Rodante (‘Rolling Culture’), first launched in the aftermath of Hurricane María, the [Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, or ICP] aims to bring arts offerings across the island, from live music to story hours…. In partnership with the ICP, the Corporación de las Artes Musicales (CAM) organized a free outdoor concert featuring the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra this Saturday.” The ICP’s María Del Mar Caragol Rivera “said they took advantage of the increased foot traffic to collect first aid supplies during the performance…. The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico has launched a public online form to find any artists in the south of the island who have suffered damages or been otherwise impacted by the earthquake, as well as artists who may be interested in volunteering or teaching workshops. As of Monday morning … they had received at least 34 entries.”

In photo: Members of the Puerto Rico Symphony collect supplies at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after the island’s January 7 earthquake. Photo courtesy Puerto Rico Symphony/Facebook