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Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center

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Studios and performing space for Latino artists

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : East Harlem
Institution, Performance

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Built in the 1880s as P.S. 72 (the first full-block school building in the city), this building was recently renovated to provide studios and performing space for Latino artists. Named in honor of the Puerto Rican teacher, journalist and poet who died in East Harlem, the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center is home to El Taller Boricua (the Puerto Rican Workshop), the Heritage School and Los Pleneros de la 21. The building features offices and exhibition galleries, a 150-seat auditorium used for music, dance and experimental theater performance, and a home-base for the workshop's computer graphics, digital filmmaking and other arts training programs.

The creation of the Center at P.S. 72 was spearheaded by the artists of El Taller Boricua. In 1969, in a period of intense political upheaval across the country, a group of Puerto Rican artists joined forces to address the social and economic ills afflicting El...

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El Taller Boricua website


Kathy Benson

Center created by and home to El Taller Boricua; named for a Puerto Rican poet.

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