EL ARCO IRIS CENTER FOR THE ARTS

When you give to El Arco Iris, you are supporting students that want to be a part of our program.

El Arco Iris Center for the Arts, also known as El Arco Iris (The Rainbow), is a St. Paul based non-profit organization (Tax ID: 41-1939883) whose mission is to create a community that empowers and inspires children and families through traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music, art, dance, and song. The organization was founded in 1993 and has served hundreds of Minnesota youth, adults and organizations since its inception. The organization has carried out its mission primarily by developing and executing enriched educational experiences for youth involving the study and performance of Afro-Caribbean dance, drum, and song. The organization's curriculum also encompasses adult dance and drum classes, youth painting classes, history (culturally-sensitive) and story-telling.  

The community engagement of El Arco Iris assists youth develop a sense of identity, which we believe is essential to their future success. For the past 23 years, El Arco Iris' board of directors, teachers, guest-instructors, funders, parents, and volunteers have had a shared vision of elevating the status of the local Latino community through generous donations of time and financial contributions.   

When a gift is made - it will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2,500. 

El Arco Iris (EAI) Fund provides scholarships to students, travel opportunities, event showcases, and more!

Donors like you:


  • Challenge EAI participants so your gifts help our faculty develop creative programming for students in all age groups (from beginner to advance classes).
  • Provide opportunities for EAI participants to travel and join workshops with our partners in Puerto Rico and New York.
  • Help with the preparation of major showcases such as with the Ordway, MN Twins, University of MN, and many more. 
  • Help EAI participants with financial scholarships to attend fall, spring and summer programs. 

Your $100 donation can pay for one students participation in a 8 week youth program. Please consider making a gift to El Arco Iris Center for the Arts.
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