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Puerto Ricanstruction: Artist Richard Santiago Resettled to Chicago

The 2018 Hurricane Season started at the beginning of June. Chicago is one of the biggest centers of the Puerto Rican diaspora, which deeply felt the effects of last year’s Hurricane Maria. Through the end of this year’s hurricane season, Worldview will do regular check-ins, every Monday, with the community called "Puerto Ricanstruction" on issues important to them before the next storm strikes the island. One of the biggest issues is resettlement. Richard Santiago was on the faculty at La Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseno in San Juan until he and his family were displaced as a result of Hurricane Maria. Through the help of the local community, he’s made a home in Chicago and is now the artist-in-residence at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center. He joins Worldview to discuss what the transition has been like, and what he hopes for the Puerto Rican diaspora.

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