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Taller Puertorriqueño in the 1970's

Taller Puertorriqueño in the 1970’s


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.

Organizational Goals

Through the following goals, Taller is committed to work that promotes social justice and equality:

•   To serve as an educational vehicle in the advancement of the Puerto Rican/Latino community’s pursuit of cultural identity and reaffirmation.

•   To strive for the continued development of the Puerto Rican/Latino community through the arts.

•   To preserve and promote the contributions and accomplishments of all Puerto Rican communities and support the work of Latin@ artists of all disciplines.

•   To support increased understanding and appreciation of other cultures within the wider community.


We started as a silkscreen workshop

We started as a silkscreen workshop


Founded in 1974 by Puerto Rican and Latino artists and activists in the North Kensington area of Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño (Taller) stands as a testament to the wealth of possibilities they created. Motivated by the absence of creative outlets, Taller’s founders developed a community-based graphic arts workshop to provide cultural training alternatives to local youth.

For almost four decades, Taller has continued to be a vital resource for progress in the Barrio and the region. It is recognized as a model organization that uses the arts as a vehicle for social change. In its evolution, Taller has gone from a grassroots, Puerto Rican graphic arts community center to a respected institution that celebrates the arts of Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Providing an outlet for neighborhood children and youth by providing after-school activities and programming rich in artistic and cultural discipline, remains central to the organization’s mission and ongoing work.

Student achievements

Student achievements

Known as El Corazón Cultural del Barrio, The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño promotes local and international artists while doing the daily work of transforming children and youth’s artistic visions into realities. Taller Puertorriqueño now encompasses the Julia de Burgos Gift Shop, the Lorenzo Homar Gallery, the Robert E. Hernández Theater, and educational classrooms along Philadelphia’s historically Latino North 5th Street commercial corridor.




Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

Taller Puertorriqueño is committed to the principles of equality in employment, as such, Taller is an equal opportunity care provider and employer.

In accordance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and all regulations properly issued there under to protect the rights of disabled persons, it is Taller’s policy that no program or activity administered by Taller shall exclude from participation, deny benefits to or subject to discrimination any individual solely by reason of his/her disability. We further affirm that we will provide reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified disabled employee or applicant.

Igualdad de Oportunidades de Empleo y Regulaciones No-Discriminatorias

El Taller Puertorriqueño está comprometido con los principios de igualdad en el empleo, como tal el Taller es un proveedor de servicios que ofrece empleos y oportunidades iguales.

De acuerdo con los estatutos de la Sección 504 de 1973, Acto para los Americanos Incapacitados, y todas las regulacions propiamente establecidas para proteger los derechos de personal con incapacidader, es la polítical del Taller que ningún programa o actividad administrada por el Taller excluya de participar, niegue beneficios o exponga a discriminación a ningun individuo a razón de su incapacidad.   Además afirmamos que proveeremos acomodo razonable para responder a la incapacidad física o limitación mental conocida de un empleado o solicitante cualificado.