The mission of El Maestro is to preserve the identity, history and cultural legacies of the Puerto Rican Community for the benefit of their future generations, society, and the world. Since its foundation, the center has been developing a series of events and activities that focus on traditional and contemporary Puerto Rican cultural expressions, such as music, dance and literature, aiming to stabilize and revitalize the community.
For Puerto Ricans, whose immigrant and settlement experience has been one of displacement, rather than assimilation, the creation of community rooted institutions like the Cultural & Educational Center, El Maestro, has enabled some level of control over their immediate environment and, in the process, make it possible for community members to rediscover and reconnect with their identity, their history and cultural heritage.
“El Maestro is a community endeavor to transform a social void into a valuable community space. Because El Maestro functions as a social and cultural center for the entire community, it is a safe environment where the whole family can safely socialize and participate in ongoing programs and activities, while reinforcing the most valuable ties, which unite them. It is a haven for citizens of all ages, and an effective alternative to the streets.”