Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater, and visual arts. A multicultural and multi-arts institution, the Cafe gives voice to a diverse group of rising poets, actors, filmmakers and musicians. The Cafe champions the use of poetry, jazz, theater, hip-hop and spoken word as a means of social empowerment for minority and underprivileged artists. Their community of spectators, artists and students is a reflection of New York City’s diverse population; Allen Ginsberg called the Cafe “the most integrated place on the planet.”
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe presents a wide variety of events, produces some events in-house and is sometimes available for rental. The Nuyorican Poets Cafe offers educational programs for students from junior high through grad school. They also offer internships to individuals interested in programming, development, marketing, and community outreach.