In honor of Puerto Rican Heritage Month, The New York Regional Office of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in collaboration with The Puerto Rican Creative Network, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, BRIC Arts Media, and The Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer invited New Yorkers on the first annual El Gran Tour: Experiencing Puerto Rican Visual Artists’ Artworks and Spaces.


Sunday, November 15th, 2015 | 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


The day Began at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a light breakfast while becoming acquainted with the significance of Puerto Rican art within New York City. Afterwards, preparations were made to explore the various themed exhibitions throughout historic neighborhoods which foster and celebrate Puerto Rican art and heritage. Each attendee  learned more about Boricua artwork currently featured in a spectrum of cultural centers, galleries, and museums throughout Manhattan and the Bronx.

Guests where then directed to the Bonnie J. Sacerdote Hall in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education. At 10:30 am, guests left the Met and boarded either the uptown OR downtown tour bus to visit centers exhibiting creative and influential Puerto Rican artists.

This event was made possible thanks to the support from Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Hostos Community College, Loisaida Inc., Taller Boricua, and Bill Aguado.

Uptown and the Bronx

Stop 1  El Taller Boricua / Rafael Tufiño Printmaking Studio in the historically Puerto Rican

neighborhood of El Barrio in upper Manhattan

Stop 2 Longwood Gallery located on the Campus of Hostos

Community College in the South Bronx

Stop 3 WALLWORKS contemporary art gallery in the Bronx

mixing “downtown” sensibility with “uptown style.”


Downtown, the Lower East Side and Brooklyn

Stop 1 The Loisaida Center is one of two Puerto Rican/

Latino based multi-use facilities remaining in the

downtown  area.

Stop 2  The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational

Center named after the acclaimed poet, journalist

and activist .

Stop 3  BRIC House located in the heart of the Brooklyn

Cultural District.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028