Jorge Arce & Humano

Puerto Rico and Afro-Caribbean Culture

6 Dennison St., Boston, MA 02119
617-708-1611 + 787-364-0198

Tour and Classes Updates on Facebook:

"Weaving Horizons: knowing, embracing and respecting other cultures in our Caribbean, our continent and in our world. This is the mission and the message of Afro-Caribbean Workshop which highlights the importance of this presentation at this crucial moment in our history."

"La misión y mensaje de Afro-Caribeño de Entrelazando Horizontes a través del conocimiento y respeto hacia otras culturas que conforman nuestro caribe, nuestro continente y nuestro mundo, cobra especial vigencia en estos momentos históricos."


Program Descriptions Biography Profile and Resume
Afro-Caribbean Workshop Curriculum Guide Press Kit PDF & Photographs
Puerto Rico Cultural Heritage Tours Music MP3 and Video Files
African Retentions In Puerto Rico Thesis Tour Calendar
Salsa Dance Lessons

For translations into different languages -- Arabic, Chinese, Italian, French, German, Russian, Spanish or others visit the web site:

Tour Calendar

Visit Jorge Arce on his Facebook page for updates on his concerts and workshops in the United States and Puerto Rico!


Traditional Puerto Rican Music and Dance

Thursday, June 30, 2016, 6-8 PM

FREE Admission

Free Pre-Festival Plena Music and Bomba Dance Lessons
Hyde Square Task Force, 209 Green st, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Saturdays June 11, 18, 25 from 2-5 PM
Monday June 27 Rehearsal at Mozart Park from 6-8 PM

Mozart & Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


Jorge Arce and Raiz de Plena

Bomba Boricua with Roberto Cepeda

Mozart Park, Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain
Mozart & Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Rain Location:
Spontaneous Celebration, 45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130



The Plenazo y Bombazo Festival was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' Creative City Program, with funding from The Barr Foundation.
Additional support from Hyde Square Task Force, Hyde Jackson Square Main Street and Community Arts Advocates.

¡Comparsa Boricua! with Jorge Arce and Raiz de Plena
Cambridge River Festival, Saturday, June 4, 2016
On the banks of the Charles River
Cambridge Parkway, East Cambridge, MA 02141
(Near Lechmere Green Line MBTA Station)

¡Plenazo Primaveral!

Traditional Puerto Rican Music and Dance

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 PM

$30 Admission at Door
($25 Advance and Group Sales)


Jorge Arce and Raiz de Plena

MC José Masso III - WBUR ¡Con Salsa!
Bomba Boricua with Roberto Cepeda

The Legend: Endel Dueno on Timbal Drums
Meta Movement Dancers

MC Clasico DJ: Pedro Santiago
MC Josiane Martínez

Moseley's on the Charles
50 Bridge Street, Dedham, MA 02026
Parking Available

¡Plenazo Primavera! On-Line Ticket Sales at EventBrite

Eventbrite - ¡Plenazo Primaveral!

Or via mail - Make ticket and donations checks payable to Community Arts Advocates with Humano Fund in the memo field and send to Community Arts Advocates, PO Box 300112, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 You may use the donation forms above.

Tickets and Donations through the PayPal secure credit card web site can also be made online using the email address
or by clicking donation button below:

El Jolgorio Navideño
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:00 PM-1:00 AM

Jorge Arce and Raiz de Plena

Plenazo at the Regatta Bar

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:30 PM, $15

Click on flyer to view download 2MB printable version

American Folk Festival
(Formerly National Folk Festival)
Bangor, Maine - August 23-24, 2012

Jorge Arce and Raiz de Plena at the American Folk Festival
in Bangor, Maine - Parading to the Railroad Stage
conducting Master of Percussion Workshop
and receiving an encore performance at the Dance stage

Bangore Daily News Front Page Photo

Join historian, educator and musician Jorge Arce as he teaches us
call and response songs, how to dance Plena,
how to play traditional Plena instruments (panderos, maracas and guiros)
and the history/origins of Plena.

FREE and open to all ages!
Classes will be held at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts
(85 W Newton St., Boston, MA)
Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons in June and July.

Space is limited. To participate, you must register by attending our:

Plenazo Registration Party!
May 20, 2013 at 6PM

Plaza Betances in Villa Victoria
100 West Dedham St., Boston, MA 02118

For more information or to register, please contact Eli Pabón-Szebeda at (617) 927-1737 or no later than May 30, 2013

¡Plenazo Primaveral!
Saturday, May 11th, 7 PM, $35 Admission
Includes traditional Puerto Rican Dinner

Jorge Arce and Raiz de Plena
with Jose Masso WBUR Consalsa, Endel Dueño, Anthony Carrillo, DJ RiffStylexz, Bomba Sankofa Dance Troupe

Spontaneous Celebrations
45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

El Jolgorio Navideno Boston, December 15, 2012, Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston

July 27 & 28, Lowell Folk Festival - Comparsa Raíz de Plena
    Friday, Parade 6:30 pm
    Saturday, Parade 7:00 pm

Jorge Arce and Raiz de Plena
Front page of The Sun on media coverage of the Lowell Folk Festival 2012

July 22 - Festival Betances - Parade Friday, Performance Sunday, July 22, 3:15 PM Southend, Boston, Free
July 21 - Somerville Arts Beat Festival, Saturday, 5 PM.

June 21 Fundraiser La Alianza Hispana, Thursday 7 PM
Ballroom del Venetia Waterfront Restaurant, 20 Ericson St, MA.

Friday, February 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Free
Afro-Caribbean workshop by percussionist Jorge Arce with masqueraders
Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center theatre. Lowell, MA
Information: 978-275-1719

In honor of Black History Month, the Lowell Folklife Series invites you to an Afro-Caribbean workshop with a hint of Caribbean carnival. Jorge Arce is a percussionist, educator, and native of Ponce, Puerto Rico. His performance on February 24th is a unique and interactive exploration of Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean culture. Impersonating characters representative of the African ancestry of Puerto Rican culture, Jorge presents music, dances, lore, and stories handed down over 600 years of history.

The musical/theatrical workshop will feature the Arno Peter’s Projection map (showing what many believe are more realistic dimensions of the world’s continents) and over 20 percussion instruments played throughout the Caribbean.  A special treat will be two carnival masqueraders from Puerto Rico, Sixto Ayala and Yarimar Navarro, wearing the typical vejigante masks of the season.  Audience  members  will  be guided and encouraged to join in on drums, rhythm instruments, and dances throughout the performance.

February 3, 2012, Edison Boston Public School Arts Residency
Boston Symphony Education and Community Programs

Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7pm - Octavitas Celebration: ¡Plenazo Parrandero! and Tribute to the Legacy of Lucia Mayerson-David

Start the New Year 2012 with joyous music and dance at the Plenazo Parrandero!  Bring your tambourine, cowbell, voice and güiro and Let’s Plena with Jorge Arce and Raíz de Plena!  Dance with Mista B Styles master Salsa dance instructor. Traditional Puerto Rican food will be provided by Norma's Catering, award recipient for the best food at the 2011 Puerto Rican Festival. This family activity will take place at Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7pm.  Admission is $25.00 and includes a dinner.  Supported by The Talented And Gifted Latino Program TAG/Alerta programs at UMass Boston’s Institute of Learning and Teaching, Encuentros de Amigos, Community Arts Advocates, ABCD, Haymarket People’s Fund, Dominican Development Center, Boston Tenant Coalition and El Centro Latino.

Information, photos and details at Encuentros de Amigos, 617-842-2228 617-447-8844
E-mail:  Web:

El Jolgorio Navideno Boston, December 10, 2011, Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston

Raíz de Plena at Festival Puertorriqueño de MA, Inc.; July 24, 2011; 7:00 PM, Free,  Franklin Park

Raíz de Plena at Festival Betances, July 17, 2011; 2:15 PM, Free, South End

April 2009

November 15-16, 2006, Puerto Rico Museum of Art, Raul Julia Theater, 299 De Diego Avenue in Santurce, 787-722-5218 General public and school performances

Programs supported in part from grants by

For translations into different languages -- Arabic, Chinese, Italian, French, German, Russian, Spanish or others visit the web site:

Community Arts Advocates

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