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Community Relations

A part of Puerto Rican lives for over 40 years, Plaza Las Americas has always enjoyed a special relationship with its customers. PLAZA collaborates with the arts, cultural and educational programs, and special projects for the well-being of the community at large.

Artisans

A group of distinguished artisans share their talent daily with our center’s visitors and showcase their works year-round at the Ricardo Alegría Cultural Hall, located on the third level, Grand Court, by the JCPenney entrance. Among the artistic disciplines showcased are: wood carvings, clay, metal, crystal, natural soaps, hammocks and typical musical instruments, among others.

Plaza Las Américas coordinates larger artisan fairs throughout the year, giving a larger number of artisans the opportunity to exhibit and sell their handcrafted works to Plaza’s visitors. The main artisan fairs take place in January, during Easter week and in the month of June. For more information about the artisan program, please contact Zulma Santiago al (787) 474-7474 ext. 2005.

Nemesio R. Canales I Elementary School Students

Each Holiday Season, Plaza Las Américas becomes the showcase for a beautiful exhibition of Christmas art work created by talented children from the Nemesio R. Canales I Elementary School.

As part of their class projects, the children create a drawing of “The meaning of Christmas” to them. In turn, Plaza hosts the Christmas Card Artwork Contest to select one drawing to be featured in the Shopping Center’s Holiday Cards. There is nothing better than fostering creativity among talented kids. Who knows? Maybe one of these kids will become the next great Puerto Rican painter.

Farmer’s Market at Plaza

From Thursday through Sunday, every weekend of the month, the largest Farmer’s Market in Puerto Rico opens its doors to the public at Plaza. Close to 40 Puerto Rican agricultural enterprises participate with a variety of over 100 agricultural and artisan products such as fruits and vegetables, herbs, meats, coffees, sauces, dressings, breads and pastas, among others. In addition to tasting and purchasing local high-quality products, you will be stimulating the Puerto Rican agricultural industry when you buy from the Farmer’s Market. Each month, there will be live music, seminars, workshops and presentations at the Farmer’s Market located on the third level, Grand Court, across from the JCPenney entrance.

Plaza Las Américas Mall Walkers

Our Athletes! All energy and sparkle, this group of senior citizens meets on the first level of the shopping center in front of Macy's, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 AM to 9 AM to exercise and socialize within a support group of friends. Plaza’s Mall Walkers complete a two-hour routine that includes aerobics, walking, free weights and stretching; demonstrating that age is not a limitation for the body to function in optimal levels.

Close to 350 persons belong to the Plaza Las Américas Mall Walker’s family, which gathers to celebrate their anniversary each October. In addition to exercise, they share other group activities such as: cultural trips, special events, educational seminars by health professionals; they also participate in visits to hospitals and some even volunteer at charitable institutions. The group has awards and recognition from the Department of Sports and Recreation among other institutions. Their experiences and energy set an example for all. ¡Join the group! For more information please vist the Customer Service Center, 1st level, Grand Court or find out more about it on our Clubs Page .

Services for Deaf people

Plaza Las Americas launched a new service platform for Deaf people who visit the
shopping center, which includes Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®) and Video
Remote Interpreting (VRI). Both services are free of charge to users.

Video Relay Service®.

Empowers deaf persons to place VRS calls to hearing persons and have a
conversation in real time. An ASL interpreter in a call center “relays” the
conversation between the two parties, empowering Deaf callers to use their
native language – American Sign Language (ASL), and the hearing person to use
spoken Spanish or spoken English. Available on the 1st level by the Customer Service Center on Grand Court.

Video Remote Interpreting ​​(VRI)
A service for deaf persons to enable them to communicate with a hearing person, by use of an iPad. Using the FaceTime application to call an interpreter who will be on the other side of the screen, the deaf person will be able to carry on a conversation with a hearing person. Available on the 1st level at the Customer Service Center, located on Grand Court.

La Red Caribeña de Varamientos

Did you know that the fountain located in front of Macy’s is dedicated to the “Red Caribeña de Varamientos”?

The fountain with sculptures of marine life that includes manatees, turtles and fish, was dedicated to the “Red Caribeña de Varamientos” in recognition of their work as an environmental organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and conservation of whales, dolphins and manatees. The coins that visitors deposit in this fountain are donated to this institution to help them carry on with their mission. When you make a wish by throwing coins in this fountain, you will be contributing to a great labor of love.

Make a Wish Foundation

Plaza Las Américas joins the great Make a Wish Foundation of Puerto Rico in support of the organization’s work to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. The first level fountain, leading to “La Terraza” food court, was named the Children’s Fountain in honor of all the kids that have been part of the program. Throughout the year, all the coins collected there are donated to the Make a Wish Foundation helping them continue to make dreams come true for terminally ill Puerto Rican children.

Community Booth

Upon approval of a formal letter requesting space, Plaza Las Américas grants the use of a main-entrance booth to certified non-profit organizations requesting space. Subject to availability, this booth enables non-profit organizations to deliver their message, offer orientation to the public about their programs, free of charge for the maximum of a one week period.

Requirements for the use of the Community Booth

To make a request, please apply in writing, detailing the organization’s name and mission, desired dates, purpose of the activity, contact person and phone number and include a copy of the “Certificate of Incorporation as a Non-Profit Organization.”

Once requests are evaluated, personnel from Plaza Las Américas will contact you regarding the status of your request. No requests will be approved or confirmed without a written application as described above.
• Use of the booth is limited to one week a year.
• If request is approved, the organization will be required to submit an endorsement of their insurance policy in the amount of $1 million dollars.
• The booth must open and be manned during the shopping center’s Operating Hours of 9 AM to 10 PM Monday-Saturday and 11 AM to 7 PM on Sundays.

All written requests should be sent to:
Mrs. Judith Martínez
Marketing Department
Plaza Las Américas
Box 363268
San Juan, PR 00936-3268