National Puerto Rican Virtual Artisans Fair & Book Expo
Celebrating Puerto Rican Heritage
The past year and a half have been extremely intense, filled with anxiety and uncertainty. The world as we knew it changed in ways that will leave powerful marks on all our lives. Living through this pandemic, however, made us examine our lives and prioritize what is truly important— our families, our neighbors, our faith, our quality of life, our work environment, and our community. We saw acts of true heroism, compassion, and kindness. The human spirit rose and soared giving back assisting the less fortunate. Slowly but surely there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, a glimmer of hope, the possibility of new beginnings. It is in this spirit of undeniable courage, hope, and love that Comité Noviembre is moving forward.
Thirty-five Years and Counting…
Established in 1987, Comité Noviembre, is a nonprofit organization that commemorates and pays tribute to the contributions Puerto Ricans have made to this nation. It supports educational opportunities for youth through college scholarships, promotes, acknowledges, creates awareness, and takes ownership of our rich culture, language, and history. Comité Noviembre creates open forums to discuss critical issues affecting the Puerto Rican community specifically in the areas of education, youth leadership development, health, politics and civic involvement. Comité Noviembre seeks to institutionalize November as Puerto Rican Heritage Month throughout the United States, and has successfully done for the past 35 years.
Comité Noviembre is the only collaboration of its kind in the United States that brings together the collective talents and resources of the following Puerto Rican organizations: ASPIRA of New York, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College (CUNY), El Museo del Barrio, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College (CUNY), Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly (IPR/HE), La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, La Fundación Nacional para la Cultura Popular, Justice Committee: NCPRR, and the Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts (PRIDA). The charge of Comité Noviembre is to create awareness of our rich culture, language, and heritage and to acknowledge and take ownership of it every day but specifically during the month of November. Because of Comité Noviembre, November is our month to discuss all aspects and issues of our community with respect, objectivity, and pride.
We are proud that all of our annual programs are once again taking place, especially our eagerly awaited 16th annual Comité Noviembre National Puerto Rican Artisans Fair & Book Expo a hybrid event, offering a live, on site presence at Hostos Community College and a virtual online opportunity to support the artisans and authors. The safety of our visitors, artists, authors, and staff is always of the utmost importance. The Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts (PRIDA) was founded in 2013 by a group of dedicated artisans and cultural activists at Comité Noviembre’s National Puerto Rican Artisan Fair and Book Expo. Today PRIDA continues to be an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Puerto Rican artists and the arts.
We hope you will support the wonderful artisans and authors participating in the 16th annual Comité Noviembre National Puerto Rican Artisans Fair & Book Expo and whether you choose to meet some of them in person at Hostos Community College or virtually via this site, ComiteNoviembreVirtualFair.org, which will allow you to shop through November 2022, we thank you.
On behalf of the National Puerto Rican Artisans Fair & Book Expo,
Teresa A. Santiago
View highlights from 16 years of the Comité Noviembre National Puerto Rican Artisans Fair & Book Expo. To view our photo archive, click here.