Imagine the Possibilities
Taller Puertorriqueño’s 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 Puertorriqueño is also committed to the representation and support of other Latino cultural expressions and our common roots. Founded in 1974 in the primarily Latino communities in Northeast Kensington (Philadelphia), Taller Puertorriqueño began as a community-based graphic arts workshop to connect youth to their cultural heritages. Soon thereafter, the founders recognized that there was a void of cultural programming throughout the entire community, leading to expansion and diversification its arts and cultural programs to fill this gap. Today, Taller Puertorriqueño is the largest and longest-operating Latino-focused arts organization in the region.
Taller Puertorriqueño will collaborate with four key community elder-service providers eager to provide these workshops; Mann Older Adult Center, CSS Norris Square Senior Center, Old Kensington Pavilion and Juniata Park Older Adult Center. Through theatre, dance/music and quilting, Taller Puertorriqueño will provide bilingual, culturally-specific arts programming led by seasoned teaching artists to residents in the four centers.