After 22 years at the helm of Pennsylvania’s largest Puerto Rican and Latinx arts organization, Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel, M.D., will be retiring in October 2021. She 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, Latinx and other groups including African Americans. She served on the Mayor’s Commission on Arts and Culture under Mayor Goode, as a member of the Advisory Council on Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy under Mayor Nutter and now under Mayor Kenny. She is a member of the City Art Commission and a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Under her tenure, first as Chair of the Board, and then as Executive Director, Taller has grown from an almost extinct organization to one that has successfully completed a capital campaign and construction of new headquarters, the $11.5 million state of the art, El Corazón Cultural Center, with a budget of over $1 million and a growing permanent staff of 15. As Executive Director, she has led Taller’s programmatic agenda in the expansion of Art Residencies into School District and other charter schools through 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 collaborate and/or produce programming for the Kimmel’s International Festival for the Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Historical Society, and the Barnes Foundation, among others
Dr. Febo San Miguel is the recipient of numerous awards. Those more recent and relevant to arts and education include:
- 2018 PA Hispanic Bar Association “La Justicia” Award 1-182018 PA Hispanic Bar Association “La Justicia” Award 1-18
- 2017 Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Take the Lead Award 3-17
- Hispanic Choice Lifetime Achievement Award 10-15
- Bread and Roses Paul Robeson Life Achievement Award 9-10