Published On: Sat, Aug 9th, 2008

Tesoro On The Web: Taller Puertorriqueño

have been reading a lot about social media, and the dynamics of social
networking and I have been putting some really good practices in place.
One of the things that I have been doing in my quest to uncover
cultural treasure on the web is look deeper into some of the people I
already have in my growing network on places like MySpace and Facebook.

I was poking around the new interface on Facebook, which I like much
better than the old one, and I ran into some video feeds posted by
Taller Puertorriqueño. I really enjoyed the clip of Marlon Fernandez
singing Salsa but I decided to find out what Taller was all about. Well what I realized was that they are based out of Philadelphia, their website is amazing and here is what their site says about them.

"Taller Puertorriqueño was established in 1974 by Latino artists and activists in
the North Kensington area of Philadelphia. They created a community based
graphic arts workshop to provide cultural training alternatives to local youth.
Throughout its history, our Workshop has been a vital resource to the barrio and
to the region. It is now nationally recognized as a model organization that uses
the arts as a vehicle for social change.

    Taller provides audiences and neighbors
with safe facilities, creative outlets for youth, and education programs that
underscore our rich Puerto Rican heritage. Our work presents a "first voice"
account of our accomplishments as Latinos."

Check them out, they host cultural events, are very active in the Latino community and have an extensive bookstore dedicated to the memory of Julia de Burgos, one of the most influential poets of Latin America.

As I am,

George Torres
The Urban Jibaro

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Tesoro On The Web: Taller Puertorriqueño