Artist Residencies in Schools

Our Visítenos Outreach Program brings Puerto Rican and Latino arts and culture to schools, community centers, and organizations across Philadelphia. For example, our in-school arts education program–now primarily funded by a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation as well as additional support from PECO and others–offers classes in the visual and performing arts to students at area public schools. The goals of this program are to:

  • complement the academic curriculum
  • foster appreciation for cultural diversity
  • promote mutual understanding and respect

Teaching Artists provide hands-on learning experiences in various art forms, from dance, drama, music, and other performing arts, to drawing, painting, ceramics, and other visual arts, reaching thousands of students a year.

Taller initiated its in-school residency program in 2003 as a continuation of the efforts by the School District Museum Teacher Program, retired in 2001. Since then, the program has grown to include high quality in school programming and school-based artist residencies at no cost to the students that reinforce curricular topics and concepts. Taller’s in-school residency program helps to compensate for the dramatic cuts in arts funding in Philadelphia public schools. We hope to sustain this program well into the future.

William Cramp Elementary In-School Art Residency 2016-17 from Taller Puertorriqueño on Vimeo.

For more information on this program, contact Dora Viacava, Outreach Director, at 215-426-3311 or