About The Clemente

About The Clemente

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center Inc. (The Clemente) is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. While The Clemente’s mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation, and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, it is equally determined to operate in a multi-cultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.


The Clemente is a proud member of the following organizations:

-The Bessie Presenters League of the NY Dance & Performance Awards, the Bessies

Fourth Arts Block (FAB NYC)

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce 

The Alliance of Artists Communities