(Above: Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director, Pregones/PRTT; Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union; and Lisa Garcia Quiroz, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner Inc.)

Time Warner and the Ford Foundation hosted a cocktail reception Monday night at Time Warner Center in New York City to celebrate the merger of the Pregones and Puerto Rican Traveling Theaters, which was announced this week. Both theaters are dedicated to music and theatrical performance rooted in Puerto Rican/Latino cultures. The fundraiser marked the first phase of funding for the Latino theater merger, the first of its kind in New York City.

“Individually, Pregones and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater have safeguarded the remarkable story telling tradition in the Puerto Rican and Latino community,” said Lisa Garcia Quiroz, Time Warner's Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, in the press release.  “Now by coming together, they have the power to ensure that the cultural richness and vibrancy of New York’s Latino community is experienced across boroughs, and the voices of Latino artists, both new and established, will always be heard. Time Warner proudly supports this merger and we are thrilled that our support will be instrumental to its success.”

See photos from the celebratory fundraising reception below.

Miriam Colón, Founding Artistic Advisor of Pregones/PRTT, and Lisa Garcia Quiroz, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner Inc.

Miriam Colón, Founding Artistic Advisor of Pregones/PRTT, and Lisa Garcia Quiroz, SVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Time Warner Inc.

Lisa Yancey, Founder of Yancey Arts Consulting, and Arnaldo J. López, Development Officer of Pregones/PRTT

Lisa Yancey, Founder of Yancey Arts Consulting, and Arnaldo J. López, Development Officer of Pregones/PRTT

L-R: Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director of Pregones/PRTT; Justina Machado, actress (HBO's Six Feet Under); Miriam Colón and her husband Fred Valle; and Selenis Leyva, actress

Photos courtesy of Pregones Theater