Getting to Know You (Conociéndote): Bridging the Audience Divide
Via Taller Puertorriqueño
To engage more audiences in the city’s Latino arts scene by organizing gallery exhibits, including mixed-media installations and music performances
To engage more audiences in the city’s Latino arts scene, Taller Puertorriqueño will organize a series of gallery exhibits and musical performances. The series, Getting to Know You (Conociéndote), continues Taller’s efforts to transform the community it serves into a cultural crossroads where people come together. Conociéndote will integrate five exhibition sites centering around three commissioned, multimedia and socially relevant outdoor art installations in and around its campus in an area known as El Centro de Oro (The Golden Center). School groups and afterschool students will tour the exhibits, and music and dance performances will enhance each event. Organizers hope the fresh, contemporary art will attract both Philadelphia’s Center City arts audience and local residents to bring economically, educationally and culturally disparate groups together.
Founded in 1974, Taller Puertorriqueño, (The Puerto Rican Workshop) works to fill the gap of Latino cultural programming in the Philadelphia region. Taller’s programs work at the nexus of arts, culture, human rights, and social advocacy to catalyze social change and community advancement. Taller's education programs for at-risk inner city children and youth offer culturally based experiences to stimulate academic pursuits. Through its mostly free events, Taller strives to provide quality Latino arts and cultural programming to those who have little access, while reaching out to the community at large.
Taller Puertorriqueño was established in 1974 by Latino artists and activists in the North Kensington area of Philadelphia. They created a community based graphic arts workshop to provide cultural training alternatives to local youth. Throughout its history, our Workshop has been a vital resource to the barrio and to the region. It is now recognized as a model organization that uses the arts as a vehicle for social change. Taller provides audiences and neighbors with gathering spaces, creative outlets for youth, and artistic and education programs that underscore our rich Puerto Rican and Latino heritage. Our work presents a "first voice" account of these accomplishments.