In 1948, the United States Congress allowed Puerto Ricans to elect their own governor for the first time. The Puerto Ricans elected Luis Muñoz Marín, who promised to improve the living conditions of his people. One of his projects was the foundation of DIVEDCO, (División de Educación de la Communidad) the Division of Community Education. Its goal was to educate the masses, particularly the rural population, about issues of health, education, democracy, and the economy.
It did so by producing didactic posters, films, and booklets in a similar style to those produced by the WPA during President Roosevelt’s New Deal. In the process, the division also created images and films of the traditions of rural Puerto Rican life that were rapidly disappearing. DIVEDCO made this art until 1989, when the division was disbanded.
Come celebrate National Poetry Month with four of the strongest voices in the region. Center Without Walls and The Studio at Billings Forge present this series FREE of charge.
Thursday, April 5 • 7:30p
Sarahí Yahaira – Writer, Performer, Community Organizer, Sarahí has been performing spoken word poetry for over 15 years. Latina. Lesbian. Woman. Commander-in-chief of her one-woman army fighting social injustice and oppression through spoken word. Sarahí shines the light of her truth so that others may see her clearly.