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2721 North 5th Street
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania 19133
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Programs: - Cultural Awareness and Advance Cultural Exploration Programs introduce young students to renowned local artists, performers, and educators who guide the children on a year-long journey of self-discovery. The program encourages self-expression through classes in traditional disciplines such as folkloric dance, salsa, drama, ceramics, painting, and printmaking.

- Youth Artist Program is a two-year program for talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. With the guidance of professional artist mentors, students develop their artistic skills and produce a solid portfolio of work they can use to apply to highly competitive arts colleges and universities. Graduates of this program have gone on to Moore College of Art and Design, The Philadelphia Art Institute, and Arcadia University, among others.

- Visítenos is an outreach program in which K-12 grade students and their teachers engage in creative exploration of Latino cultures through videos of traditional dances, music records, and hands-on experiences with vejigante masks, drawing and painting, dance, T-shirt decorating, and more. These experiences meet the criteria of Philadelphia School District Arts Standards and Multicultural Competencies, and promote self-understanding, self-respect, and appreciation for cultural diversity. With this program, Taller touches the lives of over 5,000 participants on an annual basis.

- Memories in the Making is an innovative art therapy program that enables persons with dementia from the Hispanic/Latino community, for whom linguistic and cultural differences present additional barriers, to express themselves through art. The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association joined efforts with Taller to meet this need.

- The Eugenio Maria de Hostos Archives is a resource center that includes a varied collection of books, periodicals, articles, oral histories and research often out of print--focusing on Latino culture and history. The Archives are a resource for students and scholars.

- The Visual Arts Progam manages the galleries at Taller (The Lorenzo Homar Gallery, Galería de mis Vecinos, and El Vestíbulo) as the region's only art galleries dedicated to Puerto Rican and Latin American and Caribbean art, many of the exhibitions highlighting contemporary artists from the Philadelphia region. Off-site exhibits, like the permanent exhibition at Congreso de Latinos Unidos, provide additional access and audiences to Taller's art collection.

- Julia de Burgos Books and Crafts Store, a destination for original Puerto Rican/Latino artwork, crafts, handmade jewelry and collectibles, serves as the only bilingual bookstore of its kind in the Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Jersey region. Augmenting the store is an ongoing series of book readings and author presentations.

- The annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium brings scholars from around the globe to Taller for discussions about the relationship between the African Diaspora and Latin American culture that feature lectures and panel discussions.

Mission:
Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc. (Taller) is a community-based cultural organization whose primary purpose is to preserve, develop and promote Puerto Rican arts and culture, grounded in the conviction that embracing one's cultural heritage is central to community empowerment. Taller is also committed to the representation and support of other Latino cultural expressions and our common roots.
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11/30/12
Taller Puertorriqueño exists in an area where poverty, drugs and teen pregnancy are above the average. Taller provides an alternative to young people. With opportunities to express themselves in art and theater, and with adults who have survived and excelled in a rough environment, youngsters can ... more »
02/28/10
My connections to Taller Puertorriqueño began many years ago as a Spanish Teacher for the public schools of Philadelphia. I wanted to bring in authentic cultural realia for my students to appreciate. At the time Taller Puertorriqueño was the only place with a bookstore that would offer what I ... more »
02/28/10
I adopted Philadelphia as my home after college in part because of the strength of its neighborhoods. Friendships drew me to the Puerto Rican community and then to Taller which well earned its name as "the Cultural Heart of the Barrio". I am drawn to the energy, passion, warmth of their events. I ... more »
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