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May 15, 2003 to August 31, 2003

Urban Sanctuaries

Urban Sanctuaries was a collaborative exhibition project between the Philadelphia Art Alliance and Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc. Three new art installations were commissioned by the Art Alliance and Taller Puertorriqueno for this project. Each addressed urban blight by rethinking the "sanctuary" in a non-religious context. Through concurrent indoor and outdoor exhibitions, this project explored how art can help combat urban blight by transforming vacant lots and imaginatively re-envisioning urban space. The participating artists are: Iris Brown with PepĆ³n Osorio, Doris Nogueira-Rogers, and Jonas dos Santos. A publication documenting the creation of the "urban sanctuaries" and their installation at both the Art Alliance and the outdoor sites is available.

Established in 1974 by local Puerto Rican artists and community activists, Taller Puertorriqueno, located at 5th and Lehigh Streets in North Philadelphia, presents arts and culture of the Latino community through grounded artistic and cultural services. Taller Puertorriqueno is dedicated to the preservation, development and promotion of Puerto Rican and Latin American artistic and cultural traditions.

Support for this project has been provided by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Tags: installation, performance