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TALLER PUERTORRIQUENO INC
February 26, 2010

From the moment I first stepped into Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc. I knew this was a very special place. I felt connected and wanted to be a part of this wonderful place. I became a member and actively participated in Taller's activity. Taller helped me reconnect with my culture and my roots. What makes Taller unique to me is the connection it creates between the past and the present. Also Taller's Staff makes everyone feel welcomed and never turns anyone away. It is a cultural center but at the same time it provides a link betwwen one community agency to another. People know that if they need help Taller' will point them to the right place. Also when it comes to the arts Taller links it's members and the community exhibition that links the past to the present and beyond. Taller exposes the community to the up and coming artist as well as already established artists from Puerto Rico, Philadelphia and Latin America. Taller's dedication to the education of the children , teenagers and adults is what drew me to want to be a prt of it. My years as Museum teacher are one of my most treasured memories. I was able to not only service the students from the School District Of Philadelphia and expose them to the Puerto Rican culture and and Latin America but I was able to service other community agencies that wanted to come to Taller for its programs. The many artists and peolpe I met was extraordinary.To be able to meet many artists and learn about their experiences as well as their art is what I like about Taller. Also their various progarms such as "meet the Author" series gives peolpe the opportunity to meet current authors, the annual "Arturo Schomburg Symposiums" that provides open discussions about African Diaspora in Latin American is truly great opportunity for many people to discuss issues that concern us all. I always feel reconnected with my heritage when I visit Taller. My personal level of awareness and responsiblity to the community was raised because of my experiences at Taller. To me Taller is a place to learn, advocate for the rights of others, and experience the arts of Latin America in a very personal and community way.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My knowledge of the arts has increased because of Taller. This has enabled me to expose my students to Latin american artists with a differnt view point.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people I have met. The knowledge that I have gained are inmeasurable.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

have taught me how to be open to diverse ideas and people. It has helped me become aware of how to deal with the differences.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand it's services. Create a museum quality exhibition hall to house it's private collection as well as it's current artist exhibits. It could provide an educational center for it's many after school and summer programs. It could also bring back it's ac

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Former staff & I was Museum teacher At Taller /also a member.