El Taller Latino Americano™ (The Latin American Workshop™) is a 501(c)(3) community-based non-profit arts and education institution founded in New York City in 1979 to bridge the gap between Latin Americans and North Americans through the language of art, dance and music.
El Taller is located in El Barrio's Artspace PS 109 on East 99th between 2nd and 3rd and offers its community a varied menu of Spanish and English language classes, arts programming, and music. El Taller seeks not only to educate, but also to engage and gather diverse groups together culturally and linguistically on the common ground of creativity. Over 500 people each month meet to share ideas, participate in classes and find creative inspiration and a refuge in the middle of New York City.
Our partnerships include work in the public school system, hospitals and other community organizations. We reach school age children through Sesame Street, immigrant populations through Misa Campesina for Peace, the medical community through our alliance with Health and Hospitals Corporation; and art lovers city wide working with the MTA Mural Project, Latido Latino on HBO and Nonesuch Records.
The 35-year history of El Taller is testimony to the nature of community in New York City, one assembled in the atmospheres of the home, the public plaza, the classroom, the stage, and the artist's studio. The social impact of offering the chance to participate in cultural arts activities and education within the community of El Taller is not only evident by the number of visitors, participants, teachers, and students; we also see the palpable effect of collective action and collaboration on individuals and groups, experiences that serve as expressions of our shared humanity and of our shared cultural heritage. Our aim is to inspire an extended commitment to community through ongoing exposure to each other's artistic and cultural lives in order to invigorate learning and understanding, while forming a working community with the skills to read, interpret, and respond to the world.
A special thanks to the Nathan Cummings Foundation, with special acknowledgement to Mr. Adam Blumenthal, for their generous support of El Taller Latino Americano™. El Taller Latino Americano™ programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito's office.
Other current and past funders include:
- The Jacob and Ruth Epstein Foundation
- The Hispanic Federation
- The National Endowment for the Arts
- The Rockefeller Foundation
And of course many generous contributions from individual donors.
El Taller's Mission:
To advance the development of a cohesive community by providing exposure to, understanding of and respect for diverse cultural arts through the provision of cross discipline and cross-cultural collaborations among individuals, artists and organizations.
El Taller is an amazing cultural resource, and I've felt incredibly fortunate to know and work with everybody in the Taller family. El Taller has enlightened and enriched my New York experience, as I believe it can for New Yorkers from all walks of life.
B. Baker, New York
El Taller has been a neighborhood institution without which we all would have been just that much poorer in social and cultural capital. New York City needs places like El Taller now more than ever. The richness of the cities population is reflected in El Taller's extraordinary cultural contributions.
V. Ortiz, California