El Taller

El Taller Latino Americano is a community-based non-profit arts and education institution founded in New York City in 1979 to bridge the gap between Latin Americans and North Americans through the language of art, dance and music.

El Taller offers its community a varied menu of Spanish and English language classes, arts programming, and music. El Taller seeks not only to educate, but also to engage and gather diverse groups together culturally and linguistically on the common ground of creativity. Over 500 people each month meet to share ideas, participate in classes and find creative inspiration and a refuge in the middle of New York City.

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Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival) is a leading organization within the urban arts movement. For over seventeen years, Hi-ARTS has consistently broken new ground, advancing urban art by empowering artists to develop bold new works, while creating a lasting and positive impact on urban communities. Hi-ARTS is adding to the legacy of the HHTF at an exciting stage of growth that engages Hip-Hop while creating the new urban arts. With the move to their permanent home at El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109, Hi-ARTS is poised to grow into new realms of artistry, advocacy, and service to the communities in which they live and create.

La Casa

La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña

La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña, Inc. (The Puerto Rican Cultural Heritage House, Inc.), also known as “La Casa”, and located in El Barrio/East Harlem since 1980, has been a vital element in the cultural tapestry of New York City, representing the significant Puerto Rican Diaspora in all of its creative cultural force and art forms, and contributing to the vitality and development of the community. A historic, nonprofit cultural institution, La Casa was originally developed in 1980, and officially incorporated in 1983 by Puerto Rican pioneers, as a Heritage Library and Resource Center, to: promote and preserve the culture, literary work, and arts of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, within the multicultural context of New York City.  La Casa provides essential structural supports for cultural and educational activities, serves youth and their families, students, professional and emerging artists, and works in collaboration with educational and non-educational institutions, and other community groups directly from El Barrio, the Tri-State-Area and Puerto Rico. La Casa houses the Puerto Rican Heritage Library/Resource Center and sponsors Violeta Galagarza’s KR3T’s Youth Dance Company, the Center of Living Light Reiki Circle and Asociación de Poetas y Escritores Hispanos (AIPEH NY Chapter). Events are conducted in English and Spanish. For additional information, contact La Casa at (646) 360 - 4126 or at

The Shakespeare Forum

Shakespeare Forum

The Shakespeare Forum empowers communities through education and performance by:

Fostering community in New York through the performing arts (especially, but not exclusively through the works of Shakespeare) with a specific focus on reaching underserved communities and adults/children with disabilities.

Inspiring artists and non-artists alike to find their creative voices through theatre and the works of Shakespeare by offering free/low-cost classes, workshops, and performance.

Improving the standard of performance of classical text through high-quality productions at a low-cost to the community/audience.