Over 400 members of Chicago’s Ethnic Museums and Cultural Centers came together to Honor PRCC Director José E. López

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Over 400 members of Chicago’s Ethnic Museums and Cultural Centers came together last Thursday, May 8 at the Zhou B Art Center to celebrate MOSAIC: A Celebration of Chicago’s Communities. The Chicago Cultural Alliance honored José E. López, the Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center as one of two “Outstanding Community Leaders” along with Joe Yazzie, a respected Navajo elder and artist. Steve Bynum from WBEZ 91.5 Chicago was the evening’s emcee. Nellie’s Restaurant was present to represent Puerto Rican cuisine.

The overflow crowd was able to experience the cuisine and music representative of many cultures within Chicago, meet and mingle with people from all over the world who support Chicago’s cultural diversity, and participated in a truly one-of-a-kind silent auction with items provided by Chicago’s ethnic museums, jewelry, art, and dining and entertainment experiences. IPRAC CEO Billy Ocasio and a contingent from the PRCC were present as José was honored. PRCC Board President Dr. Margaret Power, Board Secretary Alejandro Luis Molina, COO Juan Calderón and NEIU Trustee Marvin Garcia were there to support the Chicago Cultural Alliance and its mission to effect social change and public understanding of cultural diversity.