By Bianca Ortiz-Declet, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture
The 15th Edition of Barrio Arts Fest is a historical one; it commemorates the opening of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture after an extensive reconstruction of the former establishment of the Humboldt Park Stables that lasted over a decade. Now the historic building that housed through its transition the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (IPRAC) rejoiced once again with its signature arts festival Barrio Arts Fest during the weekend of July 11th & 12th, 2015.
The museum had a vast variety of artists/ vendors and new artists presenting their artwork at the courtyard. There were performances by AfriCaribe who delighted the public as always with their master skills of bomba and the public danced to the live performances by Conjunto FUACATA. As part of their educational programming, the museum offered a wonderful Family Mural Workshop with the visiting Puerto Rican artist Edgardo Larregui, where kids and grownups could be part of the making of the iconic Puerto Rican images. The visitors can appreciate the new murals on the entrance of the museum right on W Division Street. Stay tuned for the next Barrio Arts Fest 2016! It is going to be quite a celebration!