Puerto Rico
September 7 through 26 as part of the Kennedy Center Prelude Festival, AmericArtes: Espíritu de Puerto Rico celebrates the vibrant spirit of la Isla del Encanto, the enchanted island, with premier Puerto Rican music, dance, theater, literature, and visual arts.

Drawing upon some of the island's and United States' top creative talents, the festival will showcase the extraordinary virtuosity and contribution by Puerto Rican artists to American and world culture. Experience the salsa of Gilberto Santa Rosa, the boleros of Ednita Nazario, and the merengue of Olga Tañón. Enjoy classical music from Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico, hot Latin jazz in the KC Jazz Club, and the national voices of Puerto Rico in Tres Voces: Chucho Avellanet, Lucecita Benítez, and Danny Rivera. Plus, don't miss the colorful modern dance of Andanza, the imaginative theatrical satire of Quíntuples, a gathering of Nuyorican poets, and much more.
Olga Tañón

Dubbed “La Reina del Merengue” (the queen of merengue), two-time Grammy® and Latin Grammy®–winning music sensation Olga Tañón is famous for her unique blend of tropical music, pop, salsa, boogaloo, and reggaeton. Her contagious energy, vocal talent, and smash multi-platinum albums have led the Senate of Puerto Rico to declare November 9 “El Día de Olga Tañón.”
Sunday, September 12 at 6 p.m., Concert Hall
Part of the Open House Arts Festival
Media Partner: Classical 103.5

Enjoy a free pre-performance discussion with director Rey Pascual, Saturday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Film Theater. Free with your ticket to either performance of Quíntuples.
Jazz Cafe
The Kennedy Center presents two special literary events curated and moderated by Marie Arana, book editor for the Washington Post.
Edwin Fontánez

Author and illustrator Edwin Fontánez reads from his new children's book On This Beautiful Island. A heartfelt tribute to Puerto Rico’s ancient Taíno culture, the story is a journey through magical colors through the eyes of a child who wants to share the beauty of his island. Fontánez will also lead a Taíno tattoo activity inspired by his art. A brief Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation.
Sunday, September 12 in the Theater Lab
Book reading: 1:45–2:30 p.m. Taíno art workshop: 3–3:45 p.m.
Part of the Open House Arts Festival
Media Partner: WAMU 88.5 FM
Writing a Life: A Film by Frank Cantor
Don’t miss this feature-length documentary about author/poet Esmeralda Santiago and the power of words to transform lives, in English and Spanish with English subtitles. A discussion with Santiago and Cantor immediately follows the screening. A co-production of PBS affiliate TU-TV in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and CANTOMEDIA, New York. 90 minutes.
September 26 at 4:30 p.m., Film Theater
FREE, no tickets required. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Artes Plasticas
The Kennedy Center will host exhibits by two acclaimed Puerto Rican visual artists, each renowned for their unique aesthetic vision and contribution to world culture.
Antonio Martorell: Dédalo (Labyrinth)

From Santurce, Antonio Martorell has won many international awards for his interactive installations that entice viewers and play games using images, colors, textures, and words. For Dédalo, Martorell will explore the concept of shared and contrasting identities by constructing a twisting path of miniature ink portraits he will sketch of Kennedy Center visitors, using their fingerprint as a foundation for each rendering. Interactive Installation: September 4-8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hall of Nations entrance to the Grand Foyer and September 7 during intermission for the Gilberto Santa Rosa concert. Exhibit runs from September 4-25.
Jaime Suárez: Galería de las Tierras (Hall of Regions)

Encompassing architecture, ceramics, sculpture, and scenic design, Jaime Suárez's work can be found in the collections of many prestigious museums around the world, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Kennedy Center, the San Juan-born artist creates an installation featuring 12 large hanging flags crafted from paper printed with clay stamps.
September 1-25 in the North Gallery
AmericArtes: Espíritu de Puerto Rico is presented with the generous support of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, through funding from the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and Rums of Puerto Rico. Additional support provided by Juan and Marianna Sabater, The Honorable and Mrs. Thomas F. McLarty, III, Delta, and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. International Programming at the Kennedy Center is supported by the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.