Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center

Our History

Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center was founded in 1989 by Daisy Rivera and the combined efforts of the Cultural Educational Institute for Boricua Advancement (CEIBA) and the Hispanic Parents Union. These organizations united to realize a long time dream of establishing a family oriented center to serve the Latino youth and their families through programs and activities designed to foster cultural pride and art appreciation. 

Our inspiration

Julia de Burgos

Julia de Burgos, the best known female poet in Puerto Rico and one of the best of Latino America, was born on February 17th, 1917 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. De Burgos graduated from the University of Puerto Rico as a teacher. She also studied in Havana and later moved to New York. At age nineteen her first verses were published. Her best-known poem is "Río Grande de Loíza". De Burgos published several books including; Poemas Exactos de mí Misma, Poemas en Veinte Zurcos and Canción de la Verdad Sencilla. She received several honors and homenages before and after her death. De Burgos died on July 6, 1953 in New York.

Leadership Team

Letitia Lopez


Executive Director

Sandy Rosa


Executive Assistant

Parent / Volunteer Committee

Gilberto Peña

Mary De Jesus

Lydia Torres-Diaz

Mary Luz Vazquez

Mileydy Lopez

Melissa & Danny Aponte

Gerardo Colon Jr.

Christina Rodriguez

Board of Trustees

​Madeline Corchado​, President ​​

Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland

Mariely Luengo, Vice President

Goldsmith Family Fund

Yarimilka Rodriguez, Secretary

Cleveland Public Library​

Daisy Diaz

Podiatrist, Trustee

R.L. Render

Cleveland Public Library, Activist, Trustee

Maria Ritchie

CareSource, Trustee

Jazmin Torres-Lugo

Cleveland Municipal Judge, Trustee

Hilda Abreu

 Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Trustee

Robert Kunkle Jr.
Teacher, Trustee

Lydia Torres-Diaz

PNC Bank, Trustee