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In this introduction to the exhibition catalog Taller Alma Boricua: Reflecting on Twenty Years of the Puerto Rican Workshop, 1969–1989, Petra Barreras del Rio, former director of El Museo del Barrio, describes Taller Boricua [Puerto Rican Workshop] as a collective of Puerto Rican artists-activists who created the first artist-run interdisciplinary gallery in East Harlem. She notes that Taller Boricua artists were active nationalists in struggle for the independence of Puerto Rico and took part in protests of police brutality, ethnic discrimination, and housing policies in New York City. Barreras credits Taller Boricua artists for serving as full-fledged educators in East Harlem in close collaboration with El Museo del Barrio.
Petra Barreras del Rio (b. 1952) was director of El Museo del Barrio from 1986 to 1993. This essay was written to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Taller Boricua, originally named Taller Alma Boricua (Puerto Rican Soul Workshop). The exhibition, Taller Alma Boricua: Reflecting on Twenty Years of the Puerto Rican Workshop, 1969–1989, was organized at El Museo del Barrio, from September 15 to April 15, 1990.