Nestled in the warm waters of the Caribbean, Puerto Rico (Literally meaning Rich Port ) comprises an archipelago that includes the main Island of Puerto Rico and a number of smaller islands, the largest of which are Vieques, Culebra and Isla Mona. The workshop will take place a short 20 minute drive from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. As a Commonwealth Territory of the United States, English is widely spoken around the island, there is no variation in currency nor a need for visas or passports when visiting from anywhere in the United States.
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ART: CULTURAL SPACES
Throughout the island, of Puerto Rico there are numerous museums, ranging from classical fine art museums such as Museo de Arte de Ponce and Museo de Puerto Rico to ultra-modern works at our Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and Espacio1414.
Below are brief overviews of the MAC and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, both in Santurce, near Old San Juan, as well as the Museo de Arte de Ponce, an hour drive from the metro area.
1. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo
The museum, better known as MAC, is located in Santurce in a historic building that was La Labra School. The MAC has an active exhibition schedule in its different spaces, and also includes a permanent collection. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico proposes to contribute to the education of the people of the island and therefore collects, preserves, documents and communicates the art produced in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latinamerica since de 1940’s to the present. The compromise is supported by a calendar of activities including exhibitions, workshops, conferences, performance, video art, among others. The Museum acquires new art from known artists for its permanent collection and promotes art conservation through a professional conservation laboratory. www.museodeartecontemporaneo.org
2. Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
The Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, known as MAPR, is the most recent addition to Puerto Rico’s Museum attractions. Founded in 2000 it presents temporary exhibitions throughout the year in its different exhibition spaces. Itspermanent collection is located in the first level and includes contemporary art from Puerto Rican artists in different media. The museum is located in Santurce in a central location, it has a restaurant and a botanic garden. An educational program offers art workshops for all ages as well as professional development workshops for artists.
3. Museo de Arte de Ponce
This museum is located an hour drive of San Juan, founded in 1959, this is one of the oldest institutions with a collection of 4,500 artworks in different media including pieces dating from 900 b.c. until today. The collection includes art from Europe, the Americas and Africa. The Puerto Rican collection is represented from XVIII until today. The most famous work of art in the collection is Frederic Lord Leighton “Flame in June”, which has travelled the world, it was an original acquisition for the Museum by its founder Luis A. Ferré.
Images of Puerto Rico courtesy of Gretchen Ruiz.