Creating the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture has been a true labor of love by many on our Staff, Board of Directors, and Trustees. After putting up the world’s largest monuments to a flag, the Puerto Rican Flags on Division Street on January 6, 1995, I wanted to develop a museum that we could call our own. Collectively, we have worked on this vision from its inception to our grand opening. Creating the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture was not easy, but in 2000 we raised sufficient funds to begin the renovation of the historic Humboldt Park Stables.
As the President and CEO since 2013, I have been dedicated to innovation in the arts, building partnerships, securing equitable funding and resources, and creating an inspirational space that is welcoming to all who want to learn about Puerto Rican history, art and culture. I hope our Museum encourages our next generation to celebrate and keep our Puerto Rican arts, culture, and traditions alive; to continue to ‘plantar bandera’ wherever they are.
Our Museum is in excellent hands with a talented and committed staff and Board of Directors that are dedicated to taking our National Puerto Rican Museum to the next level.
I have worked for the museum for the past 10 years and it’s been exciting to be at the ground level of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture’s history. I have been able to watch and participate in building the foundation of this great institution, and am proud to be part of this team as we grow and engage more people.
I’m honored to have witnessed the growth of the museum these past 8 years and how the museum and staff continue to evolve and enrich this wonderful community. I look forward to supporting our continuous updates and expansion; we are providing more opportunities for our visitors to explore our rich Puerto Rican arts and culture.
Starting at the National Puerto Rican Museum in 2017 marks an important shift in my understanding of what it means to be Puerto Rican as I continue to dig deep and connect more with my roots than ever before. What I enjoy most about working for the Museum is striking up conversations with visitors, who come from all over, to talk about our Puerto Rican heritage and share family migration stories. Being in this position, every day I am witness to a collective eagerness to tell our stories: to be heard, seen, and loved.
One of the best experiences is to see our visitors making a connection with Puerto Rico. You realize that the work we do in museums can unite communities and create spaces for reflection and dialogue about important contemporary issues. I am also the resident photographer and enjoy capturing our historical events for all to enjoy. I’ve been working at the Museum for one year and look forward to creating more intentional visitor experiences.
A particular area of enthusiasm for me involves the meticulous planning of educational workshops and the development of materials designed to inspire our visitors to recognize and value the myriad contributions made by Puerto Ricans both in the diaspora and on our Island. Additionally, I love orchestrating moments of enlightenment for our guests as they delve into the rich tapestry of our remarkable narrative, encompassing artists, culture, and community. I am eager to contribute to the success of this esteemed team and further elevate our programming initiatives.
Museums should be spaces built to serve their communities. Yet, many do not. Because of this, I love curating exhibitions that are accessible and represent some aspect of the Puerto Rican community’s collective culture and history. Creating moments where people see themselves, their experiences, and their interests reflected back at them on the walls of a museum is what makes my job worthwhile. As the newest member of the team, as of July 2022, I’m grateful for this opportunity.
Art and history have always been great fascinations of mine and by working in the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture as the Lead Docent I get to educate visitors about the deep meanings present in the wonderful exhibits that are always available to the public. I love the fact that I get to interact with our guests on a daily basis and give them a tour they’ll be sure to remember. I also enjoy working alongside our Curator to further inform myself and others about our rich history. I am beyond grateful to be working for a cultural institution that inspires people to delve more deeply into Puerto Rican art history and cultural identity.
I am excited to be part of the Museum team. I’m driven by a passion for engaging our guests through art workshops and educational programming. My role involves facilitating both structured workshops and freestyle art drop-ins, providing visitors with a profound connection to our exhibits and the museum as a whole. In these sessions, guests have the opportunity to explore their creativity while gaining insights into Puerto Rican arts and culture. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, fostering camaraderie and storytelling. The resulting art projects serve as cherished mementos, capturing the enjoyable and educational experiences shared at the museum.