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became part of the overall mission of Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción
(IBA) when in 1974 the Arte y Cultura department was created. The
goal of Arte y Cultura is three-part: using the arts and culture
as a means for community-building and empowerment; promoting, perpetuating,
and preserving the Puerto Rican and Latino arts and culture; and
providing Villa Victoria youth with tools for self-expression through
the arts. Some of the activities sponsored by IBA's cultural component
includes the Café Teatro performance series, the AREYTO in-school
cultural awareness program, IBA's "Teen's in Action" video
program, and community events like Festival Betances and the Three
King's Day celebration.