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November 30, 2012

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 feel that there is a future beyond the danger and anger they experience in their environment. Soon, with enough money, there will be a new neighborhood center for Taller's activities and neighborhood events. What a bonus it can be for the North Philadelphia neighborhood.

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February 27, 2010

As a non-Hispanic, I have long supported and volunteered for Taller Puertorriqueno because, despite its origins and hence its name, it represents the cultures of the peoples of all our Spanish speaking Caribbean island and Latin America neighbors - cultures whose art, music, dance, literature and architecture are deep and rich. As our own country becomes more Hispanic, it is vital to promote the creative brilliance of our Latin neighbors as a tool for understanding and friendship. For over 35 years and with an excellence that has earned it so many awards and accolades, Taller Puertorriqueno has enriched the Philadelphia region with the gift of the Latino arts.

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

the growth of my own understanding of Latino arts, my growing mastery of Spanish, and the precious friendships that have sustained me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

alter its name to indicate its commitment to all Latino cultures.

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

sharing it with my other non-Hispanic friends and seeing how much they enjoy their experiences at Taller Puertorriqueno.

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

nearly all Spanish speaking, hard working, competent, devoted to Taller Puertorriqueno, and fun to be with.

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

expand its programs and hire more staff as well as fund the new building they hope to build and desperately need.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fund raising.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Executive Director is deservedly well-known and highly respected in the city of Philadelphia and in arts communities throughout the country,

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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Volunteer & Board Member and donor.