Latino Art in NYC: A Short History of El Museo del Barrio

December 11, 2014 6:29 PM

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El Museo del Barrio, also known as El Museo, is one of the main institutions dealing with Latino art and culture; it functions both as a museum and as a cultural institution. El Museo is an indispensable center, home to some of the best resources on Latino art in New York City and the United States. What is most impressive though is how the museum functions as an educational center, opening its doors to all members of the community and really making use of their resources. It is a special place with its own personality that brings together Latino culture, family, art, education, and fun.

El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 as a consequence of the Nuyorican and national civil rights movements. Between 1966 and 1969 several public demonstrations, strikes, boycotts, and sit-ins were held in New York City. In Harlem, African-American and Puerto Rican parents, teachers, and activists...

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