El Taller Latino Americano

El Taller Latino Americano

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East Harlem, New York, New York
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El Taller Latino Americano™ (The Latin American Workshop™) is a 501(c)(3) community-based non-profit arts and education institution founded in New York City in 1979 to bridge the gap between Latin Americans and North Americans through the language of art, dance, and music. 

Located in El Barrio's Artspace PS 109 on East 99th between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, El Taller offers a varied menu of Spanish and English language classes, arts programming, and world-class music. Taller seeks not only to educate, but also to engage and gather diverse groups together culturally and linguistically on the common ground of creativity. Over 500 people each month meet to share ideas, participate in classes, and find creative inspiration and refuge in the middle of New York City. El Taller's partnerships include work in the public school system, hospitals, and other community organizations. We have reached school age children by developing bilingual programming with Sesame Street, immigrant populations through the Misa Campesina for Peace, the medical community through an alliance with Health and Hospitals Corporation, and art lovers city-wide by working with the MTA Mural Project, Latido Latino on HBO, and Nonesuch Records. El Taller's Founder and Artistic Director Bernardo Palombo is a composer, performer, and impresario who has brought some of the greatest names in American music to El Taller including: Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass, David Byrne, León Gieco, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Grupo Aymara, Conjunto Libre, The Soldier String Quartet, Pete Seeger, Luis Días, and Larry Harlow. 

A language school since its inception, El Taller's conversation-focused Spanish classes have been recognized by The Village Voice, The Daily News, The Columbia Spectator, and hundreds of satisfied students as among the best and most effective in the City. For more than three decades, numerous organizations and corporations including Montefiore Hospital, the New York Public Library, and Penguin Publishing have entrusted El Taller with teaching Spanish to their employees. Originated by Founder Bernardo Palombo and developed over more than three decades of teaching, El Taller’s unique approach continues to be refined in the living laboratory of our classrooms.   Students learn Spanish of The Americas™, developing the most important aspect of the Spanish language—the mastery of vowel pronunciation and the significance of those sounds to articulate the past, present, and future. Sound and dialogue are the basis of our methodology. Because nouns differ from one Latin American country to another, the emphasis is placed on the verb—using sound and dialogue to get students to communicate and converse more quickly than they ever thought possible. Classes are divided into two parts. The first half gives students a structured lesson in verb conjugation and grammar, while the second half is dedicated to practicing and developing conversational ability, through acoustics and dialogue. This unique methodology, along with a rich curriculum that includes music, poetry, and art, gives students exposure to a wide variety of words, accents, and useful idiomatic phrases from throughout The Americas. 

The 35-year history of El Taller is testimony to the nature of community in New York City, one assembled in the atmospheres of the home, the public plaza, the classroom, the stage, and the artist's studio. The social impact of offering the chance to participate in cultural arts activities and education within the community of El Taller is evident not only by the number of visitors, participants, teachers, and students, but also in the palpable effect of collective action and collaboration on individuals and groups, experiences that serve as expressions of our shared humanity and of our shared cultural heritage. Our aim is to inspire an extended commitment to community through ongoing exposure to each other's artistic and cultural lives in order to invigorate learning and understanding, while forming a working community with the skills to read, interpret, and respond to the world.




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215 E 99th St El Barrio's Artspace PS 109, New York, New York 10029
El Taller Latino Americano
East Harlem, Manhattan
215 E 99th St El Barrio's Artspace PS 109
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
New York, New York 10029

Directions:
Please walk to the building's East gate and ring the buzzer labeled "El Taller."

Upcoming Classes at El Taller Latino Americano

Spanish Intermediate (Tuesday Nights)
Spanish Intermediate (Tuesday Nights)
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 22nd, 6pm - 9pm

Spanish Beginner I (Tuesday Nights)
Spanish Beginner I (Tuesday Nights)
Next start date:

Tuesday Oct 22nd, 6pm - 9pm

Spanish Intermediate (Monday Mornings)
Spanish Intermediate (Monday Mornings)
Next start date:

Monday Oct 28th, 10am - 12pm

Spanish Beginner I (Monday Mornings)
Spanish Beginner I (Monday Mornings)
Next start date:

Monday Oct 28th, 10am - 12pm

Advanced Spanish - Art & Literature
Advanced Spanish - Art & Literature
Next start date:

Monday Oct 28th, 7pm - 9pm

Ba Gua Zhang
Ba Gua Zhang
Next start date:

Wednesday Oct 16th, 12pm - 1:30pm

6-Week Spanish for Kids (Ages 4-9)
6-Week Spanish for Kids (Ages 4-9)
Next start date:

Saturday Nov 16th, 10am - 1pm