Community & Collaboration


by Francisco G. Gómez August of 2007: my excitement was on overload as my friend D ( Dean Warren Schomburg ) and I caught a flight to Cancun and then another ride to Habana. It had been fifty plus years since I had visited the island when it was still […]

A Taste of Racism in Old Habana – 2007



by Francisco G. Gómez If you love the AfroBoricua music of Puerto Rico or the music of the Balkans, you would have made it a point not to have missed a phenomenal fusion of barrilles, sousaphone, cuá, violin, maraca, trumpet, dance and accordion on February 8th at Hostos Community College […]

Balkan Meets Bomba



Raíces Cultural Center has been awarded an incubation grant from NJ CH to develop a research initiative that examines the role and impact of gender in folkloric expressions and cultural traditions from Latin America, the Caribbean, and the diaspora.

Raíces Cultural Center Awarded Incubation Grant from NJCH


by Francisco G. Gómez The Day of the Dead goes by many names, Día de los muertos, Day of the Ancestors, Day of the Egún, All souls Day and many other names, I imagine. For us who are from the Caribbean, or closely situated in that region by location, cultural […]

Day of the Dead Celebration


Thanks to the generous contributions of friends, family, community members, and supporters from near and far, Raíces Cultural Center has met it's goal in Phase 1 of our Disaster Relief Support Initiative. In 9 months we were able to raise over $10,000 to help support grassroots recovery efforts on the island of Puerto Rico. Learn more about what the funds have been used to support as our friends, family and collaborators work for a just, sustainable and renewable recovery for the island.

Puerto Rico Sustainable Disaster Support Initiative Phase 1 – GOAL ...




by Francisco G. Gómez As mom and pop businesses continue to disappear at an alarming rate, there are those like, Brunswick Tire and Auto, that remain strong and thriving. There are a number of reasons for this. A work ethic that encompasses professional excellence, customer courtesy, superior automotive problem diagnosis, […]

Spotlight on Brunswick Tire and Auto


Thanks to all of our neighbors and friends from Highland Park who came out and voted in the 2018 Park Partners Grant Competition. Raíces won in the Culture & Diversity category and will be expanding the Raíces Roots Music Concert Series.

Raíces Cultural Center Awarded 2018 Park Partners Grant