Sunday, September 7, 2014-Certainly, the 14th edition of Barrio Arts Fest (BAF) was a historical one, as the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture celebrated its long awaited renovation with a magnificent display of Puerto Rican contemporary art and its signature arts market that brought artists from Chicago, New York and Puerto Rico together for the first time in 14 years.
This joyful celebration included the Family Mural Project sponsored by ArchiTreasures, a colorful presentation for children of all ages by Pocket Circus, a Bombazo by AfriCaribe, and a heartwarming tribute to poet Salima Rivera hosted by Eduardo Arocho, among great camaraderie and laughter. Also, for the first time at BAF, Urban Pilón presented a handful of delightful artisan dishes that captivated the imagination of many. The weekend long journey culminated with a glorious fashion show showcasing carnival of the Caribbean garments created by Humboldt Park’s designer Diane Berrios (Chi~Caribeña Designs) that accompanied the Bomba and Plena ensemble Las Bompleneras who once again drummed down the museum and their fans with their extraordinary talent. Photo credit by: Giovanni Arroyo