Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Taller Puertorriqueño is ever growing and needs your help!

I'm a huge of Taller Puertorriqueño (Taller), also known as El Corazón Cultural del Barrio, The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia. Taller was actually my first employer from 2007-2008 and have stayed in touch with most of the group since then. They produce amazing exhibitions, youth programs, author series, the ever-growing Feria del Barrio and much more.

Since 2008 I've seen Taller grow and still struggle to find the final funding for their capital campaign for the new Taller building on 5th Street. Through new construction, Taller will create a gathering and meeting place, a crossroads, and a focal point for community pride while successfully addressing handicap accessibility and other operating issues and growing to meet community demand. New studios, gallery space, and a café will make Taller the community’s gathering space, while expanded programs, an expanded gift shop, rentable function rooms and incubator space for new businesses will provide new revenue streams.

This is where you come in. Taler is apart of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)'s new project, HipGive, a website that allows users to choose worthy projects to support. To reach their goals, Taller needs every dollar they can get- HipGive is helping us. If Taller reaches their goal of $10,000, HipGive will match these funds up to $10,000! Donate today!

The new Taller is being designed by Philadelphia’s Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC architects. The firms’ principles aim to protect natural resources, promote social justice and economic well-being, and create spaces that show local heritage, culture, and values. The principal architect is Antonio Fiol-Silva, whose design and development projects include the new Plaza del Mercado, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Watch below a video from Jose Lopez, University of Illinois at Chicago, thinks expanding Taller is essential to the community.

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