Plena Project
A month of  Apprenticeship
Grisselle López from PRPARI & Lydia Pérez from PRIAA
"EN LA UNION ESTA LA FUERZA"
 A TRAVÉS DE LAS ARTES
Our technique "The Sung Newspaper"
all Saturday at 3:00pm - 5:00pm
 PRIAA  studio
September 26 - October 24, 2020 

Apprenticeships: sharing of traditional (folk) artistic skills between a master and an apprentice who is already familiar with the genre. 
Let us introduce ourselves: We are the Pleneras of Rhode Island and we are bring joy in these times of Pandemic to our Latino brothers and sisters. We work in small groups due to COVID-19, but with the same passion and unity. We are a Survivors.

We want to thank my apprentice, Grisselle Lopez, and my guests Ivette Solivan, President of the “Puerto Rican Professional Association of RI”, and the members of its Board of Directors, María García (Yisne), Sandra Dávila and Bélen Flórez. The Rhode Island Pleneras is a visibility project for our women who work in leadership positions with their people.The group was formed with the intention of bringing joy and happiness to our brothers and sisters in this time of pandemic.

We would like to give a huge THANKS to: Maria Rivera, a great leader in Central Falls and candidate for Mayor’s Office; Rebecca Flores, Founder and President of the Natasha Foundation and our sister from Peru Elsa Biegun for their volunteerism and support.  We send another big (virtual) hug to our sponsor, owner of Made in Puerto Rico, Wilfred Santanas! Thank you for hosting us and delighting us with such a tasty "picaderas". 

We appreciate the sponsorship of State and private Arts agencies, they are: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, (RISCA), The RI Foundation and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities through the Expansion program  and the  City of Providence, Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism.
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Aprendizaje: Compartir enseñanzas tradicionales entre maestro y aprendiz, quien a la vez debe de estar familiarizado con el género.

En un encuentro de Damas y Líderes Boricuas, queremos presentanos. Somos Las Pleneras de Rhode Island y esto es el principio. Traemos alegría en estos momentos de Pandemia a nuestros hermanos.  Trabajamos en corrillos pero en equipo y con la misma pasión. Somos Guerreras.

Deseo darle las Gracias a mi “apprentice” Grisselle Lopez, a mis invitados Ivette Solivan, Presidente de “Puerto Rican Professional Association of RI ” y a miembros de su Junta Directiva, María Garcia Yisne, Sandra Davila y Belén Flórez. Todas unidas hacemos un llamado a nuestros hermanos Puertorriqueños. Es hora de hacernos visible. Las Pleneras es un proyecto de visibilidad a nuestras mujer en poder llamando a ejercer su Voto. Estamos en tiempos difíciles y hay mucho por hacer.

María Rivera, gran líder en la Comunidad de Central Falls y candidata a la Alcaldía, Rebecca Flores, fundadora y Presidente de la Fundación Natasha y nuestra hermana del Perú Elsa Biguen por su apoyo incondicional. Un gran abrazo a el Sr. Wilfred Santanas, propietario de "Made in Puerto Rico" y auspiciador de Las Pleneras de Rhode Island. Wilfred Santanas Gracias por recibirnos y deleitarnos con tan sabrosa picadera. Exhortamos a que prueben lo que hay en el menú.

Agradecemos el auspicio de las agencias de Artes Estatales,y privadas. Rhode Island State Council on the Artes, RISCA - Rhode Island State Council on the Arts RI Foundation y Rhode Island Council for the Humanities a través del programa de expansión en el Arte, La ciudad de Providence y al Departamento de Arte, Cultura y Turismo. 
Grisselle Lopez Apprentice  and Lydia Perez- Master/Teaching-Artist

First day:  September 26, 2020
introduction of Plena (Brief history)
Invited: Gizne García, Ivette Solivan and Belén Flores - Members of PRPARI

Second day of Apprenticeship with Las Pleneras de RI. October 3, 2020
Guest invited: Ramon A. Fernandez, Plenero Callejero

Third day of Apprenticeship with "Las Pleneras de RI".
October 10, 2020

Our first Public presentation at Made in Puerto Rico Restaurant
 A collaboration between two Puerto Rican Organization: PRIAA & PRPARI and a Puerto Rican Business owner
Invited: Maria L. Rivera
October 15, 2020

On October 17, 2020, Lydia Pérez, founder and artistic director of PRIAA, presented Certificates of Participation to "Las Pleneras- 2020", for her outstanding performance. Our thanks to the artist Rebeca Flores for her unconditional support of this project.​​​​​​​

PRIAA makes it possible for the Plena groups in Rhode Island to acquire their Instruments by artisans attached to the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. The full tambourines were confessed by the Craftsman, Mr. Juan Fuentes of El Taller la Plena, Loiza, Puerto Rico.

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