Radiored at Pública

La Residencia is a program that supports Puerto Rican artists through residencies at Abrons and Pública, a cultural space in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

While in residence at Pública, La Residencia artist Payola Isabel, co-founder of Radioredcurates a month of live music, classes, and discussions that amplify Caribbean musicians and San Juan-based cultural producers. Programs will be live streamed for remote viewing. Please sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on the programming calendar.

To mark the launch of her residency, Payola Isabel will present a digital compilation of new tracks by musicians from Puerto Rico and the Latin American diaspora. The compilation will be released on November 20 and will available for streaming and download on Bandcamp. Contributing artists to be announced.


Pública is a cultural space founded in November 2018 by cultural producer Naíma Rodríguez and independent curator Natalia Viera Salgado. The space is located in the community of Alto del Cabro, one of the most important historic neighborhoods of Santurce, Puerto Rico. One of the major problems on the island currently is the lack of funding and spaces dedicated to serve the community in the cultural and arts sector. In November 2018, Pública: opened up its doors to become a platform for local artists and international artists as a way to strengthen the relationship between Puerto Rico and an international audience.

Radiored is a platform for artistic exchange founded in 2015 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Our mission is to support emerging artists from the Island by giving them a space to share their work and facilitating exposure. Our goal is to increase the number and quality of music performances in Puerto Rico and through the web. Through our online radio station we provide a digital platform with unlimited reach for our DJs to play what we call Música Fresca or “fresh music” in english, at the same time, promote local and international music that is not commonly played on mainstream local radio stations. In order to promote cross disciplinary cultural exchange, we have created a network of allies that generate content for the station such as workshops, conversations and interviews. Among our collaborators, the non-profit organization Sonic Arts For All “SAFA” offers the weekly  workshop Tech Lab Sonor for children K-16 in NYC and in Puerto Rico. We are also a free online radio station with the intention of playing fresh music, raising awareness locally and internationally about music that is not part of Puerto Rican commercial radio, while creating demand to achieve artistic exchange. We present original content, new and emerging music by local and international artists.

Payola Isabel is a photographer, video producer, and DJ based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is the Co-founder of Radio Red, an independent radio station located in Santurce, Puerto Rico where she is the producer, director and manager of the station. She has worked and produced shows with local and international bands and groups such as Los Wálters, Helado Negro, Los Vigilantes, ÍFÉ, and collaborated making videos for  local brands and buisnesses such as Johhny & June, Con Calma, For  Generations To Come, April Carrión  hosted events with Bairoa, Mano Santa, Saki, Buscabulla, MRKNI, Florentino, Felix Hall and Overlord. Payola has performed and staged radio takeovers  at The Lot Radio (NYC) , Aire Libre (CDMX), and Radio Nopal (CDMX). Her main interest for doing appearances, collaborations and performing is to create an atmosphere and a platform for artists to exchange and to build bridges with other community based projects. As a Dj, her musical inclinations are tropical, electronica, caribbean house, disco, french soft touch, world music beats genres.  Her goal with each set is to provide an unexpected yet engaged and boundary pushing musical trip for her audience.  She’s played in Dominican Republic,  New York, México, and Miami.


The 2020-2021 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image courtesy of Payola Isabel.