Art exhibit at Philadelphia History Museum tells stories of Latino communities

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“¡Aquí!: Art, Youth & Heritage at Taller Puertorriqueño” will be featured through April 1 in the Community History Gallery at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, 15 S. Seventh St., Philadelphia.

The museum’s Community History Gallery offers Philadelphia-based neighborhood groups, and other non-profit community organizations whose work shapes the fabric of city life, an opportunity to tell their stories.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Guests check out the “¡Aquí!: Art, Youth & Heritage at Taller Puertorriqueño” exhibit.

Guests check out the “¡Aquí!: Art, Youth & Heritage at Taller Puertorriqueño” exhibit.

“¡Aquí!” showcases the signature arts education programs for children and youths at a place that’s been called the “cultural heart of Latino Philadelphia.” Taller’s after school programs encourage students to use the arts to express their feelings and respond to the sometimes challenging realities of their daily lives, all within a supportive environment that validates their cultural heritage, and is intended to help them build academic skills and foster a positive sense of purpose.

In short, their art proclaims: “We are here!,” which is what “¡Aquí!” translates to in English.

The Philadelphia History Museum is open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. It’s near the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in Old City. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and youths 13-18, free to children 12 and under, museum members and active military free. Get a family pack of tickets for $20. The museum can be accessed by public transportation, including the No. 47 SEPTA bus and the Market-Frankford El.

For more details, visit www.philadelphiahistory.org or call (215) 685-4830.

Want to know more about Taller Puertorriqueño, which has been a community-based, multidisciplinary arts organization since 1974? Call (215) 423-6320 or go to www.tallerpr.org.

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