portoluz — meaning harbor of light — was incorporated in Chicago as a non-profit, 501c3 organization, in 2007. portoluz was formed to provide sustainable environments for innovative artistic exploration, community development, and a wide range of cultural discourse.
We are interested in reclaiming and developing sustainable urban environments for progressive culture and are currently working toward the development of a performing arts center, restaurant, artist’s residence, and community gardens.
In the interim portoluz presents performances, exhibitions and other cultural and humanities events that build diverse audiences, foster international exchange and support grassroots development and social justice activism throughout the region.
We are also interested in facilitating dialogues, building alliances and exchanging practices with similar initiatives worldwide. To that end we envision initiating an internet project that will become a vehicle for posting a variety of content including live music in cyberspace.
portoluz achieves its mission by: instigating and facilitating participatory multi-disciplinary events that create opportunities for high caliber artistic practices; that extend our collective resources into underserved communities and foster the international exchange of ideas and methods within the context of progressive social change praxis.
portoluz is an internationally recognized hub for rich cultural expression and a catalyst for progressive social activism driven by multiple physical and cyber venues.
Our Core Values
- Education and advocacy for social justice via cultural and humanities programming
- Utilizing our resources for the inclusion of traditionally marginalized and disenfranchised voices
- Expanding the definition of culture to include high-quality artistic innovations and explorations
- Promoting international dialogue and the understanding of differing artistic traditions
- Modeling sustainable and progressive business practices throughout the enterprise
- portoluz cites its origins in the successful evolution of HotHouse.
The current membership of portoluz includes the following:
Board of Directors
Regina Sant'anna and Doug Skites
Dennis La Gory
Mary Paton Wozniak
We remain eternally thankful to these heroes and heroines who contributed early on to portoluz and helped fund our first web-site
Bronzeville Adventure And Events/ Rushia Butler
portoluz has received support from the following foundations
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
The Pokagon Fund
The City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs
The ArtsWork Fund
The Illinois Arts CouncilThe Puffin Foundation
The Benjamin J. Rosenthal Foundation
The October Fund
The John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
as well as many individual donors. We appreciate everyone's support.