Guadalupe by Natalie Cortes age 12
El Taller Latino has been long been a beehive of cultural events and performances on the Upper West Side. It has hosted musical greats such as Pete Seeger and Philip Glass and The Beastie Boys to name just a few. The Taller has also been of service to it's community as a Spanish language eduction center and a promoter of Latino culture enrichment programs for children and adults. The honey from El Taller Latino has never stopped flowing but it looks like it will be in another location soon. Bernardo Palombo the gallery owner and founder of the non profit El Taller Latino. Mr. Palombo told me that the center will be closing in October of this year due to an exorbitant rent hike. Their $8,000 a month rent will quadruple and leave them no choice but to turn of the lights. I am saddened to hear this as will many many Upper West Siders, New Yorkers and World Wide fans. Miraculously they have found a spot on the east side with ART SPACE PS109 http://www.artspace.org/. The east side gains a beautiful and bountiful cultural center with very spirit centered leaders at it's core.
El Taller Latino Americano/The Latin American Workshop
2710 Broadway, 3rd floor at 104th street
Photo credit top image: Doll by Rosali Arteaga age 12