Jorge Arce & Humano

 

Puerto Rico Cultural Heritage Tours

6 Dennison St., Boston, MA 02119
787-364-0198  787-296-2587
jorgearce.humano@gmail.com

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"Weaving Horizons: knowing, embracing and respecting other cultures in our Caribbean, our continent and in our world. This is the mission and the message of Afro-Caribbean Workshop which highlights the importance of this presentation at this crucial moment in our history."

"La misión y mensaje de Afro-Caribeño de Entrelazando Horizontes a través del conocimiento y respeto hacia otras culturas que conforman nuestro caribe, nuestro continente y nuestro mundo, cobra especial vigencia en estos momentos históricos."

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Program Descriptions Biography Profile and Resume
Afro-Caribbean Workshop Curriculum Guide Press Kit PDF & Photographs
Puerto Rico Cultural Heritage Tours Music MP3 and Video Files
African Retentions In Puerto Rico Thesis Tour Calendar


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Puerto Rico Cultural Heritage Tours:

Jorge Arce and Humano's tours will give patrons of all ages an opportunity for a unique exploration of Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean culture. The Puerto Rico Cultural Heritage Tours presents music, dances, lore, stories and history handed down for over two centuries.

Three to seven day tours includes meals, lodging, museum and performance admissions, art exhibits and workshops, master dance and music classes and workshops, plus visits to family homes.

Audience involvement is keystone to the tour workshops and performances with participants joining in on drums, rhythm instruments, mask making, stories and dances.

Jorge Arce received his Master of Education Degree from Harvard University in 1994. Arce is listed in Who's Who, 1984-85. 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. His cultural workshops and performances were programmed at more than 1000 schools, universities and educational centers. Jorge Arce is the former Director for Music Programming at the Puerto Rico Institute for Culture.

Mission:

"Weaving Horizons: knowing, embracing and respecting other cultures in our Caribbean, our continent and in our world. This is the mission and the message of Afro-Caribbean Workshop which highlights the importance of this presentation at this crucial moment in our history."

"La misión y mensaje de Afro-Caribeño de Entrelazando Horizontes a través del conocimiento y respeto hacia otras culturas que conforman nuestro caribe, nuestro continente y nuestro mundo, cobra especial vigencia en estos momentos históricos".

Fees and Costs:

$25,000 to $40,000 for 3-7 day tours for groups of 30-50 people ($250/day/person). Tour packages include meals, lodging, museum and performance admissions, art exhibits and workshops, master dance and music classes and workshops, plus visits to family homes.

Jorge Arce at Purdue University, November 2004

Sponsored by the Black Cultural Center as follow-up to a Cultural Heritage Tour of Puerto Rico.

Quotes: 

"Thank you for the wonderful workshop you gave for my graduate teachers' institute... It provided teachers with excellent tools for integrating arts with other subjects such as math, language arts and social studies. I hope you continue to share these participatory workshops with as many people as possible."
--Salem State College

 

"Simply excellent! Give it 4 stars!"

--The Children's Museum, Boston

 

"Our trip to Puerto Rico today was nothing but spectacular. Jorge is such an energetic person. His music was breathtaking."

--Teacher, Boston Public Schools

 

Background and Profile on Jorge Arce

 

Jorge Santiago Arce was born in Bélgica, a working class neighborhood of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Ponce is a city well known for its rich cultural traditions and is characterized by the emergence and evolution of important Afro-Caribbean music and dances such as the "Bomba," "Plena" and "Danza." Half of Jorge's family comes from San Antón, mainly a black community known for the African tradition of the Bomba music; the other half comes from the music tradition. His life in the "barrio" Bélgica was filled with the Plena music. This experience, among other things, has contributed to his creativity and curiosity. In addition to being an actor, dancer, singer, and performer, he is also a cultural historian and researcher.

Jorge Arce's early exposure to the Bomba and Plena in Puerto Rico, helped him to establish a direct relationship with the Cepeda Family in the early 1970's. He was able to include them in television, record and theater productions. In 1979 he wrote, performed, directed, and choreographed the musical-theater piece "Melodía en El Caño," in which the leader and choreographer of the Cepeda's Family ensemble, Petra Cepeda, played a leading role. This piece, broadcast as a TV special, was later recorded in the album "Tierra, Tierra" (Arto Max Records TFS 620 &endash;1980) by Haciendo Punto en Otro Son, a renowned group of which Jorge Arce has been a member since 1978. It has been used as reference material in schools in Puerto Rico as well as in public school systems in the United States connected to the Puerto Rican community. Two more recording projects in which Arce was involved were: "Del Caribe al Brazil" (Musicaribe LP M001;1986), and "Moriviví" (Disco Punto HPLP-001-1981). Both included Don Rafael's compositions. In all of them, the participation of members of the Cepeda family as guest musicians was very important.

Arce toured the United States from 1975 to 1982 as an actor and musician. Since 1983, it has been Arce's responsibility to expand the Bomba and Plena through workshops, classes, residencies programs and performances at school sites, festivals, parent and community organizations, and universities, thus becoming one of the most important cultural liaisons to the Puerto Rican community in the United States. After completing his educational program at Boston Conservatory in 1985, where he majored in Musical Theater, he decided to share his experiences with youth and children and to learn more from the community of people who best knew the traditions of his native culture.

Arce conceived Humano in 1987 as a result of an invitation to perform at the Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago. About the same time, he became the coordinator of a successful cultural program in an human service agency and gained valuable experience leading cultural projects in schools and the community. He then rejoined the community as an artist and, by combining the elements of tradition with community and cultural awareness, Humano was born.

Jorge Arce received his Master of Education Degree from Harvard University in 1994. Arce is listed in Who's Who, 1984-85. 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; and the Massachusetts House of Representatives Recognition for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts, 1991. His musical group Humano was awarded the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Latin Act, 1990. His cultural workshops and performances were programmed at more than 1000 schools, universities and educational centers. As a result of his experiences, his article "Bomba and Plena / African Retention in Puerto Rico" was written. It has been edited by Dr. Beverly Anderson, University of Connecticut, and was published by Calaloux Publications, N. Y.

En el presente, Jorge Arce continúa su trabajo como actor, músico, escritor, compositor y trabajador cultural, presentándose con resonado éxito en su espectáculo teatral-musical Afro-Caribeño en teatros, universidades, instituciones comunitarias y educativas tanto en Puerto Rico como en los Estados Unidos.  Recientemente, tuvo una actuación destacada en la novela "Dueña y Señora" transmitida por el Canal 2 de Telemundo, con el personaje de "Raúl" y acaba de completar la filmación de la producción española-puertorriqueña "La Mala", a exhibirse en salas locales, internacionales y festivales. Actualmente forma parte del elenco de la aclamada producción de Teatro del 60 "Voces Contra el Poder".

Además, dedica parte de su tiempo a sus estudios doctorales con concentración en Historia de Puerto Rico y el Caribe en el Centro de Estudios Avanzados y del Caribe en San Juan.


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