Taller Puertorriqueño is celebrating the grand opening of its new El Corazón Cultural Center at 2600 N. 5th Street with two days of events including a ribbon cutting ceremony, an open house and an arts showcase.
El Corazón Cultural Center is the new, state-of-the-art Taller headquarters. The 25,000-square-foot building will house the Puerto Rican and Latino cultural centers administrative office, education programs and its Julia de Burgos Gift Shop, consolidating all of Taller’s initiatives under one roof.
“This center and its impact represent the most comprehensive endeavor Taller has undertaken in its 42-year history,” Dr. Carmen Febo-San Miguel, Executive Director of Taller said in a release.
Taller Puertorriqueño seeks to preserve Philadelphia’s Puerto Rican and Latino culture through arts and education. It was founded in 1974 and hosts programs for neighborhood children and youth, including a cultural exploration program, a youth artist program and an arts summer camp. The center also hosts art exhibits.
The grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony for the new $11.5 million cultural center is on Wednesday, December 7. The event features performances from the Puerto Rico-based Miramar String Quartet and local group Familia Rojas. El Corazón’s opening exhibit “Our Theme: Call and Response” will also be displayed.
On Saturday, December 10 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., El Corazón will host a free open house for the community. Families can visit the open house for things like hands-on art workshops, a cultural performance and a first look at the new center. There, children and their families can also meet and greet with Taller’s teachers and staff, and learn more about the programs offered at the cultural center.
El Corazón’s grand opening concludes Saturday from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. with a music and dance showcase. Yalmar Velázquez will perform a contemporary dance piece accompanied by master cellist Daniel de Jésus. Philadelphia-based flamenco group FLAMENCOFlavor will put on a dance performance. Two out of town performers will grace the stage as well. Tickets for the inaugural performances are free for Taller members and $20 for non-members.