Puerto Rican Artists To The Rescue

A resident sweeps at a camp set up on the shore of Laguna de Condado in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 23, 2017.
A resident sweeps at a camp set up on the shore of Laguna de Condado in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 23, 2017. AP Photo/Carlos Giusti
A resident sweeps at a camp set up on the shore of Laguna de Condado in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 23, 2017.
A resident sweeps at a camp set up on the shore of Laguna de Condado in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 23, 2017. AP Photo/Carlos Giusti

Puerto Rican Artists To The Rescue

The hurricane in Puerto Rico has the potential to change how the U.S. mainland thinks and acts with the island territory. Puerto Rican artists on the island and in the US are responding with unprecedented aid and art. 

Three artists talk about their efforts to help get Puerto Rico on its feet again, the challenge of a new exodus from the island, and how a new narrative about the island works its way into their art. In the studio are Isabel Sophia Dieppa, a Chicago-based actor and activist, and Richard Santiago, an artist from Puerto Rico. Omar Torres-Kortright, executive director of the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Hermosa, joins us by phone.