In addition to offering Spanish and English language classes and artistic events, El Taller also provides a variety of artistic and linguistic support services for individuals, companies and other community organizations. We have six (6) major programs, "Casas" or "Houses" that we provide to the community:
CASA DE IDIOMAS | HOUSE OF LANGUAGE
The House of Language is our signature program and primary source of revenue. It is an El Taller language school that has been operational since 1979. Our methodology combines language and sound with cultural immersion techniques enabling our students to learn Spanish Of The Americas. This breakthrough methodology was developed by El Taller's Founder, Bernardo Palombo. Our teachers are all native Spanish speakers from all over the world, who use El Taller's innovative and well-respected curriculum to lead conversational Spanish courses for 800 - 1,200 individuals per year.
CASA DE LOS NIÑOS | HOUSE OF CHILDREN
Since our inception the House of Children has focused on children and youth, both with language program and Latin American arts, music and dance workshops. In our language classes, it is not unusual to see youth ages 12 to 18 enhancing their knowledge base side-by-side with university students, professionals and senior citizens. We have provided curriculum content for other schools as well. For example we we provided four 6th grade classes at West Prep Academy in Manhattan's District 3, with on-site language instruction for children (ages 3-7), as well as day-long and week-long workshops with students in grades 4 through 8 on our premises. Initiatives for the future include extended day out-of-school programming for K-8 incorporating our unique approach to language, specifically techniques from our "Spanish Of The Americas" language programming utilizing arts, movement and sound. With our partner organization, Little Masters Arts Program, we also offer Summer Camp and classes for children ages 2 to 12.
CASA DE LA MÚSICA | HOUSE OF MUSIC
The House of Music presents the best in Latin music to our students and encourages a mixture of musical traditions resulting in original and inventive collaborations. We offer an intimate venue for concerts, attended by over 2,000 people annually, featuring some of the world's most respected artists, as well as young, eclectic, and undiscovered talent.
CASA DEL ARTE | HOUSE OF ART
El Taller Latino Americano opened its art gallery in 1979, with a generous donation of two paintings by Frank Stella, with the idea that the gallery was a place for the exhibition of art of the Americas. In addition to our permanent exhibit of Angelo Romano, the gallery exhibits one show every other month. El Taller and its Grady Alexis Gallery provide curatorial support to hundreds of known and emerging New York and international visual artists; and serve as a meeting place for artists to develop both professional and social networks within the artisan community of New York City.
CASA DEL BAILE | HOUSE OF DANCE
provides participants with dance classes in a bilingual format. Students not only learn a variety of dance techniques enhancing body movement, but also learn the socio-cultural history of each dance while gaining Spanish language skills at the same time.
CASE DEL CINE | HOUSE OF FILM
is El Taller's newest addition. It was conceived with the goal of developing and producing video work that enhances the community's ability to collectively recognize and respect cultural arts as the ultimate expression of human diversity. Under the direction of Thomas W. Campbell, a professor of video and sound production, the House of Film hosts monthly film screenings on art and culture, reaching approximately 800 individuals a year.
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