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Juan “Papo Swiggity” Santiago

Juan "Papo Swiggity" Santiago is a poet, comedian, curator, master of ceremonies, student of life and one of the most prominent community builders in what we know as the "Nuyo Rico" community arts circle. As a co-founder of Capicu Cultural Showcase, which is based on his studies of the philosophies of some of the most progressive intellectual and artistic movements of the last century, Juan has overcome an array of challenges en route to creating an adamant platform for young poets, visual artists and performers in a rapidly developing community.

He is an ambassador for affordable and nontraditional forms of education through the arts, which he has been fortunate to implement through cultural initiatives for the last seven years. His focus is on the values of expression, mentorship, creating and sharing resources to build an involved cultural community. Encouraging his neighbors to become responsible socialites, part of his work involves recruiting volunteers and raising funds for local causes including educational tools and holiday gifts for hundreds of children in the underserved neighborhoods of New York City.