TACUAFAN (Taller Cultural Afro Antillano) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the musical and cultural wealth of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean over the last thirty years. The project promotes the legacy of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, a Puerto Rican born in Barrio Obrero, Santurce and who left a historic legacy about human rights and arts preservation. TACUAFAN began in this socially and economically disadvantaged community in the City of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Through cultural workshops incorporating the use of percussion, flute, theatre, community forums and conferences, movie exhibitions and cultural recreational trips, awareness of the value of cultural Caribbean music and its preservation has spread extensively in Puerto Rico. TACUAFAN maintains a sustainable community educational music program through the sales of CDs and artistic presentations.
This project has sponsored the following: Community Recognition & Awards Activities. Publications including CDs of music (folkloric, popular and progressive) from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean with explanations in Spanish, English, French and Japanese. A documentary movie about the history of Barrio Obrero. The co-production of the first and second Symposium entitled: “Afro-America and Its Religious Culture” with the University of Puerto Rico. The development of musical modules for the annual conferences of the Program in Social Studies at the Puerto Rican Department of Education entitled “Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery” and “Commemoration of the Discovery of Puerto Rico”. The development of micro-business workshops for adolescents in sound engineering
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