Dear Friends and Supporters:
Thousands of adults, teenagers, teachers and parents have hooted, hollered and gave rousing ovation to student dance troupe and the multiple performances and cultural work of Jorge Arce and Humano Multicultural Project at universities, schools, and community institutions through out United States and Puerto Rico.. Funded by Boston Globe Foundation, The Boston Foundation, EdVestors/BPS, Mass Cultural Council, New England Foundation and other important organizations his work has engaged the community, as well as high-risk, bilingual teen and children. These performances were powerful, joyous celebrations and affirmations of the best in the students’ aspirations.
Humano Multicultural Project programs guided by the mission unique phrase: “Weaving Horizons Closer” has touched the life of many of Latin-American and Puerto Rican student populations in areas of the highest drop-out rates. It has successfully addressed the causes of this unacceptable situation with workshops and media projects on:
- racism and diversity
- peer pressure
- self-esteem and role models
- drug and alcohol abuse
- AIDS and sex education
- violence and conflict resolution
Since 1987, the Humano Multicultural Project has served over 50,000 children and youth in New England, the North East, MidWest, and West and Puerto Rico in schools, neighborhood settlement houses, and community centers including the Back Cultural Center of the University of Purdue, Indiana, for which he has performed and organized there successful Cultural Research Tours to Puerto Rico, 2004-2022; and educational institutions like universities and schools systems from Maine to Pennsylvania. Jorge Arce’s Afro-Caribbean Workshop, Humano Latin Jazz Band and Raiz de Plena traditional band have been presented at schools, museums, colleges and festivals such as the American Folk Festival, Lowell Folk Festival, Betances Festival, Puerto Rican Festival of MA, Puerto Rico Museum of Art, Puerto Rico Fine Arts Center, Boston Children’s Museum and numerous community benefits.
Jorge Arce received his Master of Education Degree from Harvard University in 1994. Arce is listed in Who’s Who, 1984-85. Jorge Arce is the former Director for Music Programming at the Puerto Rico Institute for Culture. He has received numerous awards, including: the Cardinal Cushing Center Award for Outstanding Services to the Community 1987; the Alianza Hispana Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the Continuing Growth and Success of the Hispanic Community 1991; the Mayor’s Recognition to Outstanding Contributions to the City of Boston, 1991; the Massachusetts House of Representatives Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, 1991; and the Dryslongo Award for years given consistently to anti-racism struggle, 1992. His musical group Humano was awarded the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Latin Act, 1990.
Most recent Awards and Recognitions, include:
- 2012 Traditional Arts Fellowship Finalist by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
- 2013 Boston City Council Recognition for Commitment in Building a Better Boston
- African Diaspora Arts & Culture Award 2013 for outstanding achievement in preserving diverse cultural arts forms reflective of African People in the Diaspora. Presented by ABDM, Inc., October, 2013
- 2013 Honoree by El Jolgorio Three Kings Award
- The Jorge Hernández Leadership Award 2013 for excellence in creative arts and expression of culture, history and pride of Latinos and the Latin American Diaspora, presented by IBA, Inc.
- 2014 Community Catalyst Award for contributions to arts and culture in Roxbury and Greater Boston presented by Hibernian Hall and Madison Park Project
- the 2017 National Hispanic Heritage Month Community Cultural Recognition Award by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Mass-Port
- The Boston Foundation’s BROTHER THOMAS FELLOWSHIP 2019
- 2020 Excellency Award and Recognition (including City’s Official Key and Banner) by the City of Ponce, PR.
The Humano Multicultural Project has major economic challenges. The grants and foundations funds only cover some of the costs for the workshops and programs. Many grants require matching funds which are extremely difficult to raise from the schools and community during tough economic times. Please support this important work with your contribution. Your generosity will be rewarded by the joyous celebrations and life affirming aspirations of children, teens young adults and adults.
Toward these endeavors your support is most welcomed.
Please, donate to:
Rhythms of Respect Documentary of Jorge Arce, by Katsy Rivera