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Taller Puertorriqueno Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

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.

Target demographics: promote Latino arts and culture

Geographic areas served: Philadelphia

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. - 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.

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I am writing as a social work professional who has supervised and taught graduate level social work students for over 25 years at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work. I am also a member of Taller’s Board and volunteer my expertise in a number of ways such as staff training, professional development, strategic plan development, event planning, evaluation etc. Taller’s Board has grown and is stronger today, along with staff and supporters having increased the organization’s capacity in a number of areas critical for all great nonprofits. I have witnessed the unique leadership of Taller’s CEO Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel and the impact of an extremely gifted, talented and caring staff on meeting community in needs for children, youth, elderly and families. Taller Puertorriqueño is a premier nonprofit. Celebrating 40 years of providing key services to a deserving community that celebrates, promotes, preserves and expands Puerto Rican and Latino arts and culture is no easy feat. While other nonprofits have succumbed to the economic, social and political challenges of the last decade, Taller remains strong and growing. The numerous awards and honors attest to this as we prepare to break ground on Taller’s state of the art Latino Cultural Arts Center, a Philadelphia destination in the heart of this valuable community. Taller’s educational services for children and youth are among the best in the country. This is another critical accomplishment given that the community served is in the poorest zip code of Philadelphia and with a troubled public school system. Through its afterschool, summer programs and homework club Taller contributes to the children and youth’s educational process and academic success. Tonight I will have the opportunity to observe the accomplishment of the current students (elementary, middle, and high school) as they present their semester end program. This is always a highlight as the dedicated work of the students with the support of a talented and committed educational staff are clearly visible. Taller Puertorriqueño is a Best Non Profit in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania and across the nation and deserve the highest distinction among great nonprofits. Please stop by and see for yourself. Elena Marie DiLapi