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Taller Puertorriqueño, 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.
Through the following goals Taller is committed to work that promotes social justice and equality.
1. To serve as an educational vehicle in the advancement of the Puerto Rican/Latino community’s pursuit of cultural identity and reaffirmation.
2. To strive for the continued development of the Puerto Rican/Latino community through the arts.
3. To preserve and promote the contributions and accomplishments of all Puerto Rican communities and support the work of Latino/a artists of all disciplines.
4. To support increased understanding and appreciation of other cultures within the wider community.
Taller Puertorriqueño (Taller) es una organización cultural sin fines de lucro. Su misión es de preservar, desarrollar y promover el arte y la cultura puertorriqueña con la convicción de que es indispensable mantener la herencia cultural para enriquecer y fortalecer la comunidad en que vivimos. Taller también está comprometido a reprcsentar y apoyar otras culturas Latinas.
Taller is a nonprofit Latino arts and cultural organization located in the new El Corazón Cultural Center at 5th and Huntingdon Streets (2600 N 5th Street).
Taller is located in the Fairhill section of Northwest Kensington in Philadelphia. Taller’s programs work at the nexus of arts, culture, human rights, and social advocacy to catalyze social change towards community advancement.
We offer programs for youth and adults, operate an art gallery dedicated to Puerto Rican and Latin@ artists, the region’s only Spanish-English bilingual bookstore, sponsor musical and theater events, and organize a wide range of engaging cultural art education programs. Our education programs for at-risk inner-city children and youth offer unique art and educational experiences as an effective vehicle to build creative and competent community members. Over the years, Taller has thrived in a community struggling with high unemployment and dropout rates, drugs, prejudice, and violence. This stands as a testament to the role Taller plays in celebrating this community’s strength, resilience, diversity and cultural richness.
• Cultural Exploration Program: Introduces young students to local artists, performers, and educators who guide the children on a year-long journey of self-discovery. 150 participants annually.
• Youth Artists Program is a two-year program for up to 15 talented high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Students develop their artistic skills and produce a solid portfolio of work they can use to apply to highly-competitive arts colleges.
• Visítenos (Visit Us) engages K-12 students in creative exploration of Latino cultures through videos of traditional dances, music records, and hands-on experiences with vejigante masks, drawing and painting, dance and more. Long-term residencies in schools fill the gap of decreasing arts experiences in Philadelphia School District Schools. Currently serving ~700 students.
• The Eugenio Maria de Hostos Archiv
Taller has a long history of strong achievements and received numerous awards. The following are from the last nine years:
*2004 Service for Children Award from the City of Philadelphia “the Arts Rock”
*2005 Great Friend to Kids Award by the Please Touch Museum
*2008 George Bartol Arts Education Award
*2008 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Outstanding Leadership & Service to Arts in Education Award
*2008 40th Anniversary of the Douty Foundation’s Special Award of Recognition for Service to their Community
*2014 HIAS PA Award for accepting refugee children into our Summer Camp
In 2005, Taller was a founding member of the Eastern North Philadelphia Youth Services coalition, a group of now 10 organizations servicing the Latino community, who came together to better coordinate and target services to youth.
Knight Arts Challenge winner for two summer-long projects: 2011 for Café Under the Stars: Spotlighting Arts in the Barrio and 2013 for Conociéndote/Getting to Know You: Bridging the Audience Divide
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