De la gente, pa' la gente

Taller Puertorriqueño is proud to announce Estamos Aquí. This community-based project pays tribute to the Fairhill neighborhood and Puerto Rican community. The project started in 2018 with support from the William Penn Foundation and in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. It took four years to make, with input from dozens of sources, community members, historians, activists, and community organizers. It is an ambitious project that takes on many forms: a work of contemporary art, a lodestone to the area, and a platform for discussing Fairhill’s rich past, present, and future. 

About the project

Estamos Aquí celebrates the neighborhood through streets, avenues, and symbols. It offers a backdrop for the community to be heard and seen, following the mantra “Estamos Aquí (We Are Here).” 

The project resulted in significant works of art by the artist José Ortiz Pagán, Cartografía de Otro rincón (2023), installed in the atrium, and El Maestro de Dos Mundos (2023), affixed to Taller Puertorriqueño’s facade. These artworks represent the forces that attracted people to the area, including the textile factories central to Fairhill’s employment landscape, and encapsulate the history of Puerto Ricans seeking recognition and fair treatment. Ultimately, the project is a vehicle to center the neighborhood in our consciousness and speak to its history and the people’s resilience.

As part of the project, Taller Puertorriqueño and Experience Eastern North are announcing a new initiative of community-led tours and discussions on the project. With input from the residents of the neighborhood and led by community members, Experience Eastern North offers socially responsible tours of the Fairhill neighborhood and other neighborhoods in North Philadelphia. Experience Eastern North is a partnership of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM), Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia, HACE, Taller Puertorriqueño, and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Together, they seek to “amplify our neighborhood’s arts, culture and history and spark dialogue with neighborhoods and visitors.” 

funding for this project and its programs was provided by the william penn foundation

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Opening Celebration

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
Experience Eastern North
Experience Eastern North offers socially responsible tours of the Fairhill neighborhood and other neighborhoods in North Philadelphia