Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel, M.D., Taller’s Executive Director, was born in Ciales, Puerto Rico, graduating magna cum laude, followed by medical school, both at the University of Puerto Rico. She moved to Philadelphia for her residency in Family Practice at Hahnemann Hospital and Medical Center, in 1974. Upon completion of her residency, she became Medical Director of the Spring Garden Family Health Services Center in Philadelphia, serving a primarily poor Puerto Rican and African-American population. After moving back to Puerto Rico in 1979 to work at the Naranjito Health Center serving a rural population, Dr. Febo San Miguel returned to Philadelphia in 1984, where she assumed the position of Medical Director of Germantown Family Medicine Associates, managing all aspects of a private medical practice.
She became Taller’s Executive Director in 1999 after 14 years as Board Chair. Dr. Febo San Miguel is deeply committed to Taller’s goals and mission of education and dissemination about the rich cultural heritage of Puerto Rico, Latino and related groups including African Americans. She served on the Mayor’s Commission on Arts and Culture under Mayor Goode and currently as a member of the Advisory Council on Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy under Mayor Nutter. Under her tenure, first as Chair of its Board, and then as Executive Director, Taller has grown from an almost extinct organization to one managing two buildings, a budget of over $850,000 and a permanent staff of 13. As Executive Director since 1999, she has led Taller’s programmatic agenda in the expansion of Art Residencies into School District and other charter schools through the the Visit Us program, developed new collaborations to exhibit Taller’s art collection at off-sites, led the coordination of the ever expanding Feria del Barrio and has been called to produce programming for the Kimmel’s International Festival for the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation. She recently successfully concluded the production of the seven events related to the Knight Foundation grant at the site of Taller’s new facility project under the title Café Under the Stars.
Dr. Febo San Miguel is the recipient of numerous awards. Those more recent and relevant to arts and education include:
- Creative Connector of Leadership Philadelphia for 2011-12 8-11
- Bread and Roses Paul Robeson Life Achievement Award 9-10
- Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress Pioneer Award 10-08
- Honoree The Philadelphia Association of Hispanic School Administrators 7/03
- The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations 10/02 (Human Rights Award for Arts and Culture)