Mirror Manifesto

On the future of El Museo del Barrio and who it belongs to. A working document.

The recent events unfolding at El Museo del Barrio has stirred up furious debates about the direction the museum has taken. A direction that attempts to morph the museum, founded by Puerto Rican teachers, artists, parents and community organizers, from a museum reflective of the community who founded it, to an elitist institution for Latin American art. A market driven endeavor. While a cursory glance at this maneuver might not find cause for alarm, and might even be seen as an impetus to celebrate “latinidad,” unpacking the intersections of this dilemma is necessary.

It requires us to first contend with “El Barrio’s” identity. While Puerto Ricans were instrumental in the foundation of the museum, it is not strictly a Puerto Rican museum. It is a museo “del Barrio.” Further, demographic changes in East Harlem and the overall growth of the Latinx diaspora in the last 50 years render the nationalist led push to make El Barrio mean “Puerto Rican” null. If El Museo is to be resuscitated, we must lay these claims to rest and set about addressing who we mean when we say El Barrio.

If El Barrio means neighborhood, or enclave, and we are defining the institution as encompassing a diasporic latinidad, then what we are contending with is what is now being called “Latinx.” Loosely defined, this is the Nuyorican, the Dominiyorker, the first, second, and third generations of Mexicans, Colombians, Ecuadorians, and Hondurans that make up a barrio in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. It is the El Salvadorian and Guatemalteco kids in Silver Springs, Maryland, the Cubans in New Jersey, the Tejanos, the Chicanos. It is the dreamers and the migrants who identify with a U.S. lived experience. It is the children of immigrants at the border and the children of recently arrived Puerto Ricans in Orlando and Pennsylvania Post- Maria, that have and will grow up here.

This is distinct from Latin America and should not be confused. For too long, this ambiguity has rendered Latinx artists invisible. Latinx artists continue to be marginalized, underrepresented, and erased. El Museo has shamelessly latched on to this ambiguity and forfeited its original mission. It has done very little as an institution to foster and cultivate Latinx Art.

The museum has failed to launch a studio residency program, it has failed to create an environment where intellectual work for us, by us, can be incubated. It has failed to cultivate diverse board members that represent the Latinx community. It has failed to expand board members beyond funding/development needs, or made sure to its boards’ institutional actions, partnerships, and programs correspond with its mission. Instead, it has responded to shallow market trends forcing Latinx artists who are struggling for visibility to try to function under the blanketed term Latin American art by virtue of their last names.

Given the continued failure of El Museo del Barrio to fully embrace its responsibility to the many diasporas that make up the Latinx communities in NYC and across North America, generations of Latinx artists pouring out of BFA, MFA, & PhD programs have come to see the El Museo as irrelevant.

Recent calls to steer the institution back towards its intended mission therefore have remained unanswered. In order to reinvigorate working and emerging Latinx artists to invest their energy in an institution that has gone out of its way to communicate that it cares nothing for their cultural production, the institution must take radical steps to more clearly define what it is. EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO MUST BE EL MUSEO DE LOS BARRIOS. It must fulfill its original mission or relinquish control to the community of Latinx scholars and artists to steer it back on course. It must DECOLONIZE.

Latinx artists, cultural workers, scholars and concerned residents reject the elitism, white washing, LGTBQIA exclusion and anti-blackness perpetrated in the museum against its own museum goers and community of artists.

-We reject the old-fashioned cultural nationalism that wants to mimic colonial hierarchical structures placing all other Latinx diasporic communities in second-class stakeholder roles ( i.e., Puerto Ricans vs. the rest ). We also call El Museo to respect and expand its collection of Puerto Rican art, and ensure this history and collection is not erased as it expands its mission and collection.

-We reject the institution’s fetishization, classist, and hollowed oversimplification of Latin American art for branding and funding purposes, particularly when these market-driven dynamics result in the systemic exclusion of Latinx art, artists and cultural workers.

-We demand the museum dedicate substantial resources to implement a residency program for emerging contemporary Latinx artists.

-We demand that the Chief Curator should be a Latinx art historian and Latinx curator, (whether this expertise is gained from an academic program, or from direct experience and recognition in the field), and that all curatorial staff at El Museo be equipped to mount exhibitions that speak to the Latinx experience.

-We demand the implementation of a decolonizing commission to independently review the collection and to make recommendations on the necessary structural changes that must be made to carry the institution into the future.

-We demand that the staff mirrors and represents the diverse Latinx communities, and that it is racially diverse. The Board of Trustees’ willful disregard of the mission of El Museo del Barrio is self-evident by their decision to hire a Director and a Chief Curator from Latin America who have no experience living in the United States and little knowledge of the art and social struggles of Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans in the United States.

-We demand that the board of Directors also mirrors the community and is racially diverse. If after 50 years, The Board of El Museo del Barrio only has 1 member that lives in East Harlem and no members of Dominican or Mexican- American descent, no members from the African American community is because this Board of Trustees does not want Latinx and people of color at the table and on the staff.

-We demand this public institution either be held accountable to its public mission, or else call the city to stop the public funding of a board practicing exclusion.

The current board must be restructured with members that are committed to the mission of El Museo del Barrio and reflect the Latinx population in New York and the United States.

The future belongs to the generations of Latinx artists emerging in more disparate pockets throughout the US, poised to shape U.S. culture and to present a vision not yet materialized. El Museo Del Barrio must comply or be rendered irrelevant.

Finally — Decades ago one could make the case that El Museo Del Barrio had a responsibility to exhibit art from Latin America because no other museums in New York were doing so. However, thanks to the patronage of wealthy Latin American collectors, Latin American art has generous institutional support in New York’s most prestigious museums. The Museum of Modern Art is home to the Cisneros Research Institute for the Study of Latin American Art; the director of the institute serves as MOMA’s curator of Latin American art and there are endowed curatorial positions at The Metropolitan Museum. Given that art from Latin America is well represented and supported in New York, it is timely and necessary for El Museo del Barrio to re-dedicate itself to its unique mission of exhibiting and collecting art by Puerto Ricans and Latin Americans living in the United States—in other words, that it focuses on Latinx art and artists.

Our children, young artists, and arts professionals want and need to see a future for themselves at El Museo del Barrio. That will not happen if El Museo del Barrio is demonstrating that only upper class people from Latin America will gain employment there, and that art made in Latin America is more important to exhibit than art made by Latinx peoples in the United States. Monthly entertainment programs such as Super Sábado are not substantive community engagement strategies. Unlike other major museums in the city and beyond, El Museo del Barrio does not offer artists residencies or have professional development programs for young curators and scholars.

How can we abide the absurdity that El Museo del Barrio was the first Puerto Rican/Latinx museum in the USA and after 50 years lags behind other museums that are increasing their collections of Latinx art and employing Latinx arts professionals?

We need change now.

SIGN

593 signatures in alphabetical order as of 8:33pm, Saturday, November 2, 2019.

The list of signatures will be kept updated.

Ada Malcioln Martin, MAEd Sr. Instructional Designer
Phoenix, AZ
Adrián Rivas Owner Form Follows and Twin Palms Exhibitions Los Angeles, CA
Adrián Rodríguez Ríos Phd Student Harvard University Cambridge, MA
Adrián Román Latinx Visual Artist Viajero New York, NY
Adriana Corral

Houston, TX
Adriana M Garriga-López Associate Professor of Anthropology Kalamazoo College Kalamazoo, MI
Adriana Zavala Associate Professor Tufts University Medford, MA
Agustina Montano Student
New York, NY
Aida Miró Visual artist
Bronx, NY
Al Santana Artist Al Santana Productions New York, NY
Alan Aja Associate Professor, Department of Puerto Rican & Latino Studies Brooklyn College (CUNY) Brooklyn, NY
Alan Ket Artist
Miami Beach, FL
Alana Hernández Curatorial Fellow Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego San Diego, CA
Aldo A. Lauria Santiago Profesor Rutgers University New York, NY
Alejandra Estrada Student New York University New York, NY
Alejandro González y Zurbano  Creative Director 
New York, NY
Alex D. Fernández Artist/Educator/Activist/Scholar Fdezart Bronx, NY
Alex Gil Digital Scholarship Librarian Columbia University New York, NY
Alexis Duque Artist
New York, NY
Ali Rosa-Salas Director of Programming Abrons Arts Center Brooklyn, NY
Alicia Grullón Artist
New York, NY
Alicia Schmidt Camacho Professor Yale University New Haven, CT
Allen City park worker NYCDEP Bronx, NY
Allison Aguilar Administrator Puerto Rican Flags Up Bronx, NY
Alma Valdez-García

Brooklyn, NY
Alva CalyMayor Artist Eyelevel BQE Queens, NY
Amalia Mesa-Bains Mac Arthur Fellow and Professor Emerita California State University Monterey Bay San Juan Bautista, CA
Amanda Figueroa Resource Manager; PhD Candidate Brown Art Ink; Harvard University Washington, D.C.
Amara Abdal Figueroa Environmental Advocate, Local clay researcher tierrafiltra Ponce, Puerto Rico
Amarise Carreras Artist/Educator
Richmond, VA
Amberlynn Pantoja Student
New York, NY
Amelia Malagamba Art Historian Retired San Antonio, TX
Amy Crum Graduate Student/Independent Curator Tulane University New Orleans, LA
Ana De Orbegoso Visual Artist
New York, NY
Ana Dopico Assoc. Professor, Comparative Literature and Spanish NYU New York, NY
Ana Vélez Newyorican
Harrisonburg, VA
Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas Professor Yale University New Haven, CT
Anabelle Rodríguez Artist-Curator The ~curARTorial Lab Philadelphia, PA
Ananda Cohen-Aponte Associate Professor of Art History Cornell University Ithaca, NY
AnaYelsi Velasco-Sánchez Consultant, Justice Educator, Writer, and Artist En Conjunto Washington, DC
Anayvelyse Allen-Mossman Student
New York, NY
Andrea Gordillo

New York, NY
Andrés Ramos DJ/Musician
Bronx, NY
Andrés Richner Director of Technology
New Haven, CT
Andrew J. Padilla Filmmaker
East Harlem, NYC
Andrew Viñales PhD Student 
New York, NY
Andrey Chichagov Afterschool Director 
New York
Andy Martínez Artist 831am New York, NY
Angela Brown Graduate student, Writer
Brooklyn
Angélica Durón xicanx
Boston, MA
Ángelo Baque Owner Baque Creative New York, NY
Anima Correa Artist 
New York, NY
Arivel Figueroa Programming Coordinator NYU Hemispheric Institute New York, NY
Arlene Dávila Professor, Anthropology and SCA NYU New York, NY
Arlene Torres Associate Professor CUNY New York, NY
Armando Pulido Undergraduate Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
Arnaldo Cruz-Malavé  Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature  Fordham University New York, NY
Asere Bello CHE De Mundo Crystal HoUse New York, NY
Astrid von Liechtenstein Princess
Milan, Italy
Audra Heinrichs Journalist, Organizer
New York, NY
Ayanna Legros Phd Student
Durham, NC
Ayaris Pérez

Bronx, NY
Ayodele Casel Artist AyoLives, Inc. Bronx, NY
Barbara Stamatelatos

New York, NY
Bertie Ferdman Associate Professor  CUNY New York, NY
Bettina Pérez Curator and artist
Montréal, QC
Betty Ávila Executive Director Self Help Graphics & Art Los Angeles
Beverly Acha Artist and Educator
Miami, FL
Blanka Amezkua Artist AAA3A Bronx, NY
Bob Rivera Artist 
New York, NY
Bobby Sanabria Multi-Grammy Nominated Musician / Professor New School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU Bronx, NY
Bonafide Rojas Poet & Musician Grand Concourse Press Bronx, NY
Brandon Cortés CEO
Norrköping
Brandon Mayeri   … 
New York 
Brenda Alejandro Retired professor University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras San Juan, PR
Brenda Cruz Díaz Artist
Madrid, Spain
Brian Cabral PhD Student Stanford University Stanford, CA
Brian M. Bacchus
SoulFeast Music New York, NY
Brooke Edgecombe English Learner Teacher/Department Chair District of Columbia Public Schools Washington, D.C.
Bruce Mack Musician & Educator Bruce Mack Creative Music Workshops New York, NY
Camille Hoffman Artist
Harlem, NY
candida soto Shihan Taino Awards Bronx
Carina del Valle Schorske Writer & Doctoral Candidate  Columbia University  New York, NY
Carla España Bilingual Education Clinical Doctoral Lecturer Hunter College, CUNY New York, NY
Carlos D. Nazario Jr Partner  Consultants White Plains, NY 
Carlos Fernández. Ph.D Director Center for Latino Arts and Culture New Brunswick, NJ
Carlos Jesus Martínez Domínguez  Artist Edicator  Various including El Museo del BARRIO New York, NY
Carlos Manuel Rivera Professor and Performance Artist Bronx Community College, City University of New York Bronx, NY
Carlos Martínez-Palmer Museographer
Washington, D.C.
Carlos Rivera Santana, Ph.D. Researcher
Brooklyn, NY
Carmen Argote Artist
Los Angeles, CA
Carmen Serrano Assistant Property Manager
New York, NY
Carmen Vásquez Community Member
New York, NY
Carol Correa Associate Director Trinity College Hartford, CT
Carol Correa  Associate Director Muliticultural Affairs  Trinity College  Hartford, CT
Carolina Alonso Bejarano Profesora Latino & Caribbean Studies Rutgers University Brooklyn, NY
Carolina González Communications Specialist 32BJ SEIU Brooklyn, NY
Caroline Camarena  Latino  Student New Jersey 
Caroline Vega Business Owner Storage Units Laguna Beach, CA
Cassandra Francis  Student NYU Queens, NY
Catherine Feliz Artist
New York, NY
Catherine Gund Filmmaker Aubin Pictures New York, NY
Catherine López Director
New York, NY
Celia Herrera Rodríguez Visual Artist/Lecturer Chicana/o Studies and co-director of Las Maestras Center for Xicana Indigenous Thought and Art Practice University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
Celso González Artist / curator MonumentArt / Siempre Estudio Creativo San Juan, PR
César Ortiz Manager CCNY  New York, NY
Chanelle Díaz MD
Bronx, NY
Charlene Villaseñor Black Professor UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Charlie Uruchima Cultural Organizer Kichwa Hatari New York, NY
Chela Sandoval Professor University of California, Santa Barbara Goleta, CA
Chelsea Ramírez Artist
Brooklyn, NY
Cheryl Finley Associate Professor of African American Art Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Chris Yong-García Founder LatinLover Food & Travel Magazine New York, NY
Christen Zazueta Artist and Photographer
San Francisco
Christian Hincapie Artist
NY/NJ
Christina Delgado Artist, educator, advocate
Baltimore, MD
Christina Fernández  Artist/Professor  Cerritos College Norwalk, CA
Cindy Álvarez NYC teacher
Queens
Cindy Bautista-Thomas  Associate Director 
New York, NY
Clarisel Gonzalez Editor/Publisher PRSUN Communications Bronx, NY
Claudia Milian Associate Professor Duke University Durham
Coco López Artist
New York, NY
Constance Cortez Professor & Director School of Art, UTRGV Edinberg, TX
Coralina Rodríguez Meyer Artist Community Architect Lambastic Brooklyn, NY / Miami, FL
Cristina Serna Assistant Professor Colgate University Hamilton, NY
Cristobal Guerra Artist/ Language Justice Worker TropicoloniaStudios Brooklyn
Cristóbal Guerra Artist
Brooklyn, NY
Cynthia Lissette Orizaba Student New York University New York, NY
Damien Davis Artist
New York, NY
Daniel Vázquez Sanabria Student Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Department at Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
Danielle Amodeo Marketing & Public Programs Specialist Mead Art Museum at Amherst College New York, NY
Dany Rivera CEO
Brooklyn, NY
Daphne Takahashi Studio Assistant
Brooklyn, NY
Darren Mack Social Justice Advocate & Organizer
Brooklyn, NY
David Antonio Cruz  Artist/ Assistant Professor of Painting  SMFA at Tufts University  Brooklyn, NY
David Bromley

New York, NY
David Galarza Santa Board Member LCLAA NYC New York, NY
David Medina Writer
Croton-on-Hudson, NY
Debora Pérez

New York, NY
Deborah Paredez Associate Professor of Professional Practice Columbia University New York, NY
Deborah Quiñones Founder Friends of Art Park New York, NY
Delia Salomon Artist
Oakland, CA
Delia Tapia student
El Barrio, NY
Destiny Tirado Student
Brooklyn, NY
Devin Kenny Artist
Houston, TX
Diane Gordon

Lenox
Diego del Valle Ríos Editor-in-Chief Terremoto magazine Mexico City, Mexico
Diego Sánchez artist self-employed New York, NY
Dominick Pérez Student  NYU New York, NY
Donnay Edmund Organizer creative Truthworker Brooklyn, NY
Dougie Padilla artist grupo soap del corazon minneapolis
Dr. Alessandra Rosa
USF Tampa, FL
Dr. Ariana Hernández-Reguant

Miami, FL
Dr. Manuel A. Morán Founder & Artistic Director Teatro SEA New York, NY
Dr. Marta Moreno Vega President Creative Justice Initiative New York, NY
Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés Director, Black Studies Program The City College of New York-CUNY New York, NY
Ed García Conde Editor / Founder  Welcome2TheBronx  Bronx, NY
Eddie Bonifacio Johnson CTO Vision21 Networks Bronx, NY
Eddie Marrero Actor
New York, NY
Eddie Rodríguez Former Director Thomas Eakins House Philadelphia Museum of Art
New York, NY
Edgardo Miranda-Rodríguez Creative Director Somos Arte Brooklyn, NY
Eduardo Viramontes

Los Angeles, CA
Edwin Rosa

New York, NY
Elba Cabrera Arts Advocate Retired New York, NY
Elena Machado Sáez Professor of English Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi Filmmaker
Carolina, Borikén
Elisa Istueta Consultant 
New York
Elisabet Velasquez Literary Artist
Brooklyn, NY
Eliud Martínez Artist & writer  En Foco New York, NY
Elizabeth Axtman Artist
Brookly, NY
Elizabeth Ferrer Curator and author
Brooklyn, NY
Elizabeth Méndez Berry Writer
New York, NY
Elizabeth Nieves Assistant Director Weill Cornell Medicine New York, NY
Elvis Fuentes Curator
Elizabeth, NJ
Emilia Quiñones Assistant professor University of Puerto Rico Rincón, PR
Emily Oliveira

Brooklyn, NY
Emmanuel García Co-founder Vives Q Chicago, IL
Erik Morales Artist
New York, NY
Erika Nauda

Boston, MA
Ernesto Javier Martínez Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies University of Oregon Eugene, OR
Eugene Rodríguez President The El Barrio Theatre Group El Barrio, NY
Eugenia Vargas Pereira Artist Independent Santiago, Chile / Miami, FL
Eva Mayhabal Davis Curator, Advocate, Cultural Producer 
New York, NY
Evelyn Figueroa Associate Professor Caribbean University Patillas, PR
Evelyn Hernández

Staten Island, NY
Evelyn Rodríguez Educator NYC Dept of Ed 1974-2011, Retired New York
Farah Jasmine Griffin Professor Columbia University New York, NY
Fayette Colón New York City Public School Educator New York Department of Education New York, NY
Federico Mostert

New York, NY
Felix Peres Small Business Owner
New York, NY
Fernando Acosta-Rodriguez Librarian for Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Princeton University Princeton, NJ
Fernando Lescaille Civil Rights Activist
New York, NY
Firelei Báez LatinX Artist
New York, NY
Flor González Student  Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College Yonkers
Florencia San Martín Art Historian
New York, NY
Florinda Singleton Thomas Recreation Worker, for OPWDD Bernard Fineson Developmental Ctr. State of NY
Frances A. Rivera Educator
New York, NY
Frances R. Aparicio Professor Emerita Northwestern University Evanston, IL
Frances Rivera Director Longwood Village Bronx New York
Francheska Alcántara Artist
New York, NY
Francisco Alvarado-Juárez Artist
New York, NY
Francisco Casablanca  Architect 
New York, NY
Francisco Esteva MD, PhD
New York, NY
Frank Romagosa

San Francisco, CA
Franklin Báez Artist
New York, NY
Fred Myers Professor of Anthropology  New York University  New York, NY
Frederick Luis Aldama Professor
Columbus, OH
Frisly Soberanis Video Artist
New York, NY
G. Rosa – Rey Artist & Early Childhood Educator
Brooklyn, NY
Gabby Vázquez Student
Brooklyn, NY
Gabriel Fantauzzi CEO Ngozy.com Mount Vernon
Gabrielle Serrano Social worker & visual artist
New York 
Gala Delmont-Benatar Project Manager 2×4 Brooklyn, NY
Garver Osorio Resident
Bronx, NY
Geoffrey Greene Student
Brooklyn, NY 
George Emilio Sánchez Performance Artist & Professor College of Staten Island/CUNY Brooklyn, NY
George Luis Acevedo President Ace Promotions Bronx, NY
Georgie Vega Publicist
San Juan, PR
Gerardo Cotto
FEMA New York, NY
Gi Gaskin Retired nyc public school teacher blackandwanderlust.com Brooklyn, NY
Gina Goico Artist, Educator, Activist
Bronx, NY
Gina Weber Board Member Cara Mía Theater Company Dallas
Gisela Insuaste Artist/ Arts Consultant
Oakland, CA
Giselle Mercier Deputy Director Department of Culture and Citizen Education ofbthe Mayor’s Office in Panama Mayor’s Office, Panama, Republic of Panamá  Panama City, Panamá
Giuliana Borea Lecturer of Anthropology Universidad Catolica del Peru Lima, Peru
Gloria E. Rivera MA None  Bronx, New York
Gloria Llompart Faculty Puerto Rican & Latino Studies CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
Glorya F. Cabrera Chicana/Latina/Indigenous Entreprenuer Gloryalicious HandCrafts New York, NY
Grant Aumell citizen 
Mott Haven, NY
Gregory Velazco y Trianosky Professor of Philosophy California State University, Northridge Northridge, CA
Guadalupe Maravilla Artist
New York, NY
Guillermo Rodríguez  Artist
San Juan, PR
Gustavo A. Paredes Board The Hispanic Institute Washington, DC
Hank Willis Thomas Artist
Brooklyn, NY
Harry Rodríguez District Leader of the 68th representing El Barrio.
El Barrio, New York
Hatuey Ramos-Fermín Artist
Bronx, NY
Henry Comas El Barrio Community Leader (60 years and counting) EHCCI/ACACIA NETWORK New York, NY
Herman Gray Emeritus Professor University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
Hola Brunilda Muñoz Maldonado  Artist Self employed  New York City, NY
Iberia Pérez C-MAP Fellow for Latin America and the Caribbean Museum of Modern Art Manhattan, NY
Iliana Emilia García Artist art Brooklyn, NY
Inmaculada Lara Bonilla Dr. CUNY-Hostos New York, NY
Isabel Duron PhD Student Dept. of Chicana/o Studies, UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Ivan Sikic Artist
Brooklyn, NY
Ivanna Pena Student NYU New York, NY
Ivelissee Rodríguez  Financial Counselor  University of Rochester Strong Memorial Hospital  Rochester, New York
Ivelyse Andino CEO Radical Health Bronx, NY
J.L. Torres Professor of English, Writer SUNY Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
Jaclyn I. Torres Artist and Organizer Palante NYC New York, NY
Jacqueline Biaggi Artist Former curator at El Museo del Barrio in the 1970’s California, CA
Jacqueline Nassy Brown Professor Hunter College New York, NY
Jailene Pérez

Bronx, NY
James Barbosa Student
New York, NY
James Sheehan Mr
New York, NY
Jan Calloway

New York, NY
Janery De León Activist & Community Member
New York, NY
Jasmine Reynoso Community member
Bronx, NY
Jasmine Smith-Cruz Ms.
Norwalk
Jason Cortés Professor
Madison, NJ
Jason Pérez

Bronx, NY
Javier Bosques Artist Artista Independiente /director Produce Model Gallery Chicago, IL
Jennifer Arriaga Rivera Community Puerto Rico and East Harlem New York, NY
Jennifer Flores Artivist
Brooklyn, NY
Jennifer Gómez Tavarez Student
New York, NY
Jennifer Gonzalez Professor University of California, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
Jenny McCray Ms
Mt Vernon, VA
Jeremy Aponte Teacher
Boston
Jerry Philogene Associate Professor Dickinson College Carlisle
Jesabey Undergraduate Student of New York University
Bronx, New York
Jessica Enriquez NYU Undergraduate Student
Brooklyn, NY
Jessica L. Flores Educator LRS Calumet Township
Jesús-Papoleto Meléndez Poet Laureate of El Barrio
El Barrio, NY
Jillian Báez Assistant Professor College of Staten Island (CUNY) Maplewood, NJ
Jo-El López Artist/Curator
Newark, NJ
Jodi Perry Retired
Fort Worth, TX
Jodi Valenciano Founder Texas Latina List Fort Worth, TX
Joevenelly Peralta

Bronx, NY
Johanna Fernández Assistant Professor Baruch, CUNY New York, NY
Johanna Urbaez New Yorker
New York, NY
Johanne Preciado MFT/ Asst Program Director Didi Hirsch Los Angeles, CA
John David Ribó Assistant Professor of English Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
John Jota Leaños  Artist/Professor University of California, Santa Cruz San Francisco, CA
John Stephens Writer
San Francisco, CA
Joiri Minaya Artist, Educator
Bronx, NY
Jonathan Rosa Assistant Professor Stanford University San Francisco, CA
Jonathan Soto Associate Vice President Union Theological Seminary NYC
Jorge Daniel Veneciano Independent Scholar, Consultant
New York, NY
Jorge González Artist
San Juan, PR
Jorge Irizarry  Independent
Bronx, NY
Jose Agustin Andreu Artist/Educator/Curator Andreu Studios/School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL
José Antonio Vázquez/ TONTXI Film Producer / Fine Art Photography/ STOOPPIX/GFF; JAVarchivo London, UK (originally from El Barrio)
José Coello Sr. President  NYSAMC Brooklyn, NY
José Delgado Zúñiga Artist and educator Columbia University Brooklyn, NY
José Luis Ortiz Tellez Artist Ortiz Tellez Imagery New York, NY
José Miguel Curet Poet / Professor University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras San Juan, PR
José Ortiz Cultural Educator
New York, NY
José Parlá Artistx Parlá Studios Brooklyn, NY
Jose Rafael Méndez, Jr. Private collector, reasearcher and community historian Jose Rafael Méndez Archives New York, NY
José Santini NYS licensed acupuncturist
San Juan, PR / New York, NY
José Soto Artist
New York, NY
Josh Franco Artist / Art Historian
Hyattsville MD
Joshwald Martínez-Peralta Student Hunter College Theater Department New York, NY
Joyce Rivera Executive Director
Bronx, NY
Juan Antonio Casañas  Systems Engineer and Maker 
Colmar Manor, MD 
Juan Pinon Associate Professor New York University New York, NY
Juan Pozo

New York, NY
Juan Sánchez Visual Artist:/ Professor of Art Hunter College, CUNY New York, NY
JuanMa Morales SonCrew Productions Inc NYC
Judith F. Baca Dr. Judith F. Baca Artistic Director and Founder of the Social and Public Art Resource Center SPARC Professor Emeritus UCLA and SPARC (The Social and Public Art Resource Center Venice
Julian Gonzalez Librarian/Historian NYPL New York, NY
Julissa Santiago  Artist
Brooklyn, NY
K. Reswob Artist
Mexico City, Mexico / Altoona, Pennsylvania
Kadrena Cunningham Senior Educator Manager CCCADI New York/DMV area
Kahlila Chaar-Pérez PhD
Pittsburgh, PA
Karen Abraham Historian
Brooklyn, NY
Karen Jaime Assistant Professor Cornell University New York, NY
Karen Mary Davalos Professor and Chair, Chicano and Latino Studies University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Minneapolis
Karen Taylor

New York, NY
Kassandra Khalil Artist Haiti Cultural Exchange Brooklyn
Kency Cornejo Assistant Professor University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
Kevin Santos Artist
Bronx, NY
Kevin Taylor

New York, NY
Kiara Ventura  Independent Curator Artsywindow  Bronx, NY
Kim Carmona LMSW, MSEd
New York, NY
Kristina Viera

New York, NY
Laleña Arenas Vellanoweth Conservator
Los Angeles, CA
Laura Bristol  Retired educator 
Yonkers, NY
Laura E. Pérez Professor & Chair, Latinx Research Center University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA
Laura Suárez Academic Administrator, Arts Wellesley College Boston, MA
Laura Torres Rodríguez Assistant Professor New York University New York, NY
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes Associate Professor of American Culture, Romance Languages and Women’s Studies, Interim Director Latina/o Studies Program University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Lázaro Lima E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Chair in the Liberal Arts University of Richmond Richmond, VA
Lenia Matías Educator
New York, NY
Leon Anthony James Photographer
Baltimore, MD 
Lesley A. Wolff Postdoctoral Fellow Norton Museum of Art West Palm Beach, FL
Lianne Werlein Jaén Educator
New York
Libertad Guerra Cultural Producer
New York, NY
Licia Fiol-Matta Professor New York University New York, NY
Lillian Jiménez Executive Director  Latino Educational Media Center  New York, NY
Lina Barbenès Santiago  Social worker
NYC 
Lina Puerta Artist
New York, NY
Linda Fernández Founding member Amber Art and Design Philadelphia, PA
Linda García Merchant Graduate student University of Nebraska – Lincoln Lincoln, NE
Linda Martín Alcoff Professor of Philosophy CUNY Brooklyn, NY
Lisa A. Johnson

New York, NY
Lisa B Jones Consultant
New York, NY
Lisa C. Soto visual artist
New York, NY
Lisette Nieves Organizer MUEVETE! Bronx, NY
Lissette M. Díaz CUNY office assistant IV CUNY Bronx, NY
Liz Paredes

Bronx, NY
Liza Fiol-Matta Professor New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ
Lizette Garza Program Manager & Activist
Chicago, IL
Lope Max Díaz Visual Artist
Raleigh, NC
Lucía Hierro Dominican American Conceptual Artist
New York, NY
Luis A Cordero Executive Director Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts New York, NY
Luis C. Garza Photographer / Curator
Los Angeles, CA
Luis Carle Photographer Artist Arts New York, NY
Luis Cuesta Artist
Corona, NY
Luis Fernando Coss Professor University of Puerto Rico San Juan
Luis O. Reyes Research Associate in Education Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños New York, NY
Luz Davis
Tranquil Waters Bronx, NY
Luz Marquez Benbow Founder #IamNegrx Grew up in El Barrio live in Troy, NY
Lyssy Pastrana Photojournalist
New York, NY
Mabel O. Wilson Professor Columbia University New York, NY
Macha Colón Artist
San Juan, PR
Magdalena Gómez Co-founder and Artistic Director Teatro V!da Springfield, MA
Magdalena Nobello Community Organizer
West Side, St. Paul MN
Mara Nieves Teacher Proyecto Semiteca San Juan, PR
Marc Caraballo Artist Self employed Avon Psrk
Marcel Rosa-Salas PhD candidate
Brooklyn, NY
Marco A. Martínez Assistant Teaching Professor Penn State University State College
Marcus Zilliox Artist and Poet
NYC/Ct
María Alexandra Garcia Former El Museo worker
New York, NY
Maria Berrio  Artist  Maria Berrio studio  New York, NY
Maria Cristina Ironside

Tappan, NY
Maria DeLongoria Historian
Queens
Maria Dominguez Artist
New York, NY
Maria Esther Fernández Chief Curator Triton Museum of Art Santa Clara, CA
Maria Nieto Screenwriter www.MariaNieto.com Brooklyn, NY
Maria Osorio Deputy Chief Operating Officer NYC DYCD Bronx, NY
María Patricia Slee Sound Designer
Brooklyn, NY
Maria Ponciano Teacher
Elmhurst, NY
María RamosFaulkner

New York, NY
Mariana Goycoechea Adjunct Professor
Jackson Heights, NY
Mariel Rolwing Montes

Brooklyn, NY
Marilisa Jiménez  Assistant professor  Lehigh University  Bethlehem, PA
Marina Ortiz Founder Virtual Boricua  New York, NY
Marina Reyes Franco Curator
San Juan, PR
Marisel Moreno Associate Professor University of Notre Dame South Bend, IN
Marisol Lebrón Assistant Professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
Marisol Negrón, Ph.D. Assistant Professor with tenure, American Studies and Latino Studies University of Massachusetts Boston Boston, MA
Mark Trushkowky Adult literacy & Adult numeracy teacher
Brooklyn, NY
Marlène Ramírez-Cancio Associate Director, Arts and Media Hemispheric Institute, NYU New York, NY
Marton Robinson Artist
San José, Costa Rica/Los Angeles, CA
Mary K. Coffey Associate Professor of Art History Dartmouth College Hanover, CT
Mary Teresa Giancoli Artist & Educator Crisma Imaging Queens, NY
Mary Valverde Commissioner ( Sculpture Seat ) Public design Commission of the City of New York New York, NY
Marz Saffore Artist, educator, organizer
Brooklyn, NY
Massiel Mafes Artist
New York, NY
Matthew H. Robb Chief Curator Fowler Museum @ UCLA Los Angeles, CA
Maxine Lisboa Patron of the Arts
Warwick, NY
Melissa Castillo Planas Assistant Professor of English Lehman College  New York, NY
Melissa M. Valle Assistant Professor Rutgers University- Newark Newark, NJ
Melissa Ramos Borges Art historian
San Juan, PR
Melody Capote Director CCCADI New York, NY
Mercedes Estrada 

New York, NY
Merly López Student NYU Miami/NYC
Mia Román Latinx Visual Artist Art By Mia New York, NY
Michael Anthony García Multidisciplinary Artist & Independent Curator
Austin, TX
Michael Galbe Collector SONY Brooklyn, NY
Michael Lebrón CCO dwellstead.com Newburgh
Michael Way Mx 
Brooklyn
Michele Parchment Museum Consultant
Sarasota, FL
Miguel García Professor of Latin American literature and culture
New York, NY
Miguel Mendías Latinx / Chicano / Tejano Artist BFA ’14 Maryland Institute College of Art Marfa, TX
Mikey Cordero Artist, Filmmaker, Creative Agitator Defend Puerto Rico San Juan, PR
Mikhaile Solomon Director PRIZM Miami, FL
Mildred Ruíz-Sapp Co-Artistic Director UNIVERSES, Inc. The Bronx, NY / Ashland
Mireya Loza Assistant Professor  NYU New York, NY
Miriam Jiménez Román Executive Director, AfroLatin@ Forum
New York, NY
Miriam Margarita Basilio Associate Professor of Art History & Museum Studies, NYU Dr. (Ms.) Brooklyn, NY
Mo Urzola Social worker
Queens new york
Monxo López Assistant Adj. Professor Hunter College – South Bronx Unite Bronx, NY
Myrta Cuadra Lash Retired Executive Director Sinergia, Inc Non profit for assistance and advocacy for people with disabilities New York, NY
Naiomy Guerrero Community Organizer / Curator
New York, NY
Nancy Writer, Editor
New York, NY
Nancy Cabrero Retired Principal NYC Dept of Ed New York
Nancy Raquel Mirabal Associate Professor, American Studies Department and US Latina/o Studies University of Maryland, College Park College Park
Natalia Olivares  Social worker /photographer 
Bronx, NY
Natalia Zuluaga Co-Director NAME Publications Miami, FL
Natalie Marrero Executive Director Viver Brasil Los Angeles, CA
Natalie Yépez Ms
New York, NY
Natasha Acevedo Litigation Paralegal
Orlando, FL
Nathacha Almanzar Student Mount Holyoke College South Hadley
Nathan Hewitt Unpaid Intern (D)IRT New York, NY
Nathaniel Ramos Undergraduate Student Stanford University Watsonville, CA
Nayda Collazo-Llorens  Artist
Kalamazoo, MI
Nazelí Acosta Native New Yorker, B.S Candidate in Physics 
Bronx 
Nela Garzón Visual Artist
Houston, TX
Nelson Maldonado-Torres Professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and Director, Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies Rutgers University, New Brunswick New Brunswick
Nelson Santiago  Host
Bronx, NY
Nereida Cancel

New York, NY
Néstor David Pastor Writer/Editor/Translator
Queens, NY
Nestor Ramos Social Worker  City of NY-MICSA Brooklyn, NY
Nicholas D. Mirzoeff Professor NYU New York, NY
Nicolas Dumit Estevez  Artist/Educator Self employed  South Bronx, NY
Nicole Mouriño Artist 
New York, NY
Nicolette Paredes Student  New York University  Nogales, AZ 
Nilda Ortiz

Brooklyn, NY
Nina Gale Olson Artist and Arts Administrator External Affairs Consultant, Arts & Culture New York, NY
Norma Guzmán Museum Studies graduate student
New York, NY
Olga Ayala Vice President Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts New York, NY
Olga Ramos Long time supporter of El Museo El barrio New York, NY
Omar Eaton-Martínez Steering Committee Member Museums and Race Lanham, MD
Onajide Shabaka Cultural Practitioner, Visual Artist Onajide Shabaka Art, LLC Miami, FL
Oscar Moisés Díaz NY raised/based Salvadoran Artist
New York, NY
Pablo Delano Professor of Studio Art, Co-director, Center for Caribbean Studies Trinity College Hartford, CT
Pamela Allen Student and El Barrio Native Cooper Union New York, NY
Pamela Elizarraras Artist www.besomeone.world New York, NY
Papo Colo Director Pangea Art Republic New York, NY
Pat Zavella Professor Emerita University of California Santa Cruz, CA
Pati Rodríguez Organizer Mi Casa No Es Su Casa Bushwick, NY
Patricia Arteaga Curatorial Assistant 
Washington, DC
Patricia Rampolla CEO 2/B management & Production, LLC New York, NY
Patrick Martínez Artist
Los Angeles, CA
Patty Ortiz Artist
San Antonio, TX
Paula Moya Professor of English Stanford University Stanford, CA
Paula Sánchez-Kucukozer Manager SonJarocho.MX Bayside, NY
Pepe Coronado Artist
New York, NY
PJ Gubatina Policarpio Educator, Curator, Community Organizer
San Francisco, CA / Queens NY
Priscilla Grim Digital Strategist
Brooklyn, NY
Racheal Fulford

Athens
Rachell Morillo Artist and Educator 
New York, NY
Rachelle Mozman Artist Tufts University New York, NY
Rafael Vélez Mercado Artist/instructor 
New York, NY
Raj Chetty Assistant Professor St John’s University Queens, NY
Ralph Henríquez Visual Effects Artist/Producer HenryQ Productions LLC Bronx, NY
Ramón Rivera Artist Taino Sterling Silver Brooklyn NY
Randy Caban Educator DA  New York, NY
Raquelle Writer
Los Angeles, CA
Raul Martínez Chief Creative Director  Condé Nast New York, NY
Raúl Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet PhD and MFA Laboratorio Cartodigital Los Angeles_Aztlan – Merida_MX
Raúl Zamudio Independent Curator, Art Writer
New York, NY
Ray Ferreira Artist and Educator
New York, NY
Raymond Pérez Founder We R El Barrio New York, NY
Rebeca Gamez Doctoral Candidate, ABD Johns Hopkind School of Education Baltimore, MD
Rebio Díaz Cardona Asst. Prof. CUNY- LaGuardia
Brooklyn, NY
Reggie Johnson Radio Producer/Production Engineer WBAI – Pacifica Radio New York, NY
Rey Parla Artist
Brooklyn, NY
Rey Torres community member
Harlem, NY
Rhett Lee García Figueroa
Tranki Inc San Juan, PR
Rich Villar Poet
Pearl River, NY
Richard Morales Manager of Community Partnerships The LGBT Community Center New York, NY
Ricky Flores Photojournalist
Cortlandt Manor, New York
Rima Brusi Educator CUNY Bronx, NY
Rita Córdova-Padrón Health Educator CAMBA Brooklyn, NY
Robert Bienvenido Espier Ayala Photographer
New York, NY
Robert Vázquez-Pacheco Artist Gran Fury Brooklyn, NY
Roberto Ferreyra Artist Colibrí Gallery Chicago, IL
Robyn Ussery Community Advocate North Corktown Detroit, MI
Rodríguez Calero Visual Artist
New York, NY
Roger Hernández, Jr. M.S. Urban Planning Affairs- Hunter College El Barrio Unite! El Barrio, NY
Ronny Quevedo Cultural Worker
Bronx, NY
Rosemary Ybarra Hernandez CEO AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute Phoenix, AZ
Ruth M. Vázquez Digital Imaging Specialist
West Orange, NJ
Ryan Mann-Hamilton Community
Ridgewood
Sagrario Oquet Artist and art organizer Edge Zones Miami Beach, FL
Saif Alsaif
NYU New York, NY
Samuel Nemir Activist Queeramisu- LGBTQ Leaders of Color for Progress New York, NY
Sandra Pérez Former Executive Director AHA! Latino Arts New York, NY
Sandra Weingort Interior Designer Sandra Weingort New York, NY
Santos Negrón MR PR Pro Legends New York, NY
Sara P. Álvarez Assistant Professor
Jackson Heights
Sarah Guillet N/a
New York, NY
Sasha Dees Curator / Writer
New York / Amsterdam 
Scherezade García-Vázquez Visual Artist and Educator
New York, NY
Sebastián Meltz Artist
New York, NY
Sergio Gallegos Ordorica Assistant Professor John Jay College New York City
Shaggy Flores Nuyo-MassaRican Poet Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. Springfield, MA
Shay Huffman Ms.
New York
Sheena Sepúlveda-Smith Chef/Artist
Bronx, NY
Shellyne Rodriguez  Artist, teacher, community organizer 
Bronx, NY
Shirine Saad Journalist
New York
Shirley Leyro Assistant Professor BMCC – CUNY New York, NY
Sibylle Fischer Associate Professor NYU, Depts. of Spanish, History, CLACS New York, NY
Silvia Álvarez Curbelo PhD Fundación Luis Muñoz Marín San Juan, PR
Simón Ventura Trujillo Assistant Professor New York University New York, NY
Sol Aramendi Artist
Queens, NY
Sol Nova Program Coordinator for Contemporary Art BRIC Brooklyn, NY
Stanley Steel Graphic Designer Awake NY Bronx, NY
Stephanie Briggs Assistant Professor, English Community College of Baltimore Co. Baltimore, MD
Stephanie Cayetano NYU Undergraduate Student
Queens, NY
Stephanie Lugo College student
Brooklyn, NY
Stephanie Mota Educator 
Bronx, NY
Stephanie Ospina

Brooklyn, NY
Stephen Pitti Professor of American Studies & History; Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration Yale University New Haven, CT
Sujey Flores We need more improvement 
New York
Sydney Valerio Artist / New Yorker / Latinx MFA candidate at City College Bronx, NY
Sylvia Mirabal

New York, NY
T. Urayoán Noel  Associate Professor, writer, and artist New York University Bronx, NY
Takara Estes Culture killer
Brooklyn
Tania Lizarazo Assistant Professor UMBC Baltimore, MD
Tanya Torres Artist
New York, NY
Taylor Lampe Data Analyst NYU Langone New York, NY
Tennille McKinney Artist
Cincinnati, OH
Teresa Basilio Director Resilient Just Technologies Brooklyn, NY
Teresita Fernández Artist 
Brooklyn, NY
Thelmo Cordones Multimedia Artist
New York City
Tiffany Joy Butler Curator Hot Cabinet Bronx, NY
Tiffany Ward Curator and Scholar
Baltimore, MD
Tlisza Jaurique Artist and Educator
NYC/CT
Torya Beard Owner/Creative Director Thatgirl006, Inc. Bronx, NY
TreZure Empire Musician and Diaspora Music Educator Diaspora P.L.A.Y. Bronx, NY
Tricia Mattingly Retired City Employee New York
Ulla Dalum Berg Associate Professor Latino & Caribbean Studies/Anthropology Rutgers University Brooklyn, NY
Unique Brathwaite Mother & Harlem Resident
New York, NY
Vanessa Díaz Asst. Prof.  Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, CA
Vanessa K. Valdés Director, Black Studies Program The City College of New York New York, NY
Vanessa López Faculty/Practicum Coordinator Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD
Vanessa Setton CMO Plusign New York, NY
Veerle Poupeye Art Historian, Independent Curator and Writer
Kingston, Jamaica
Vicmarie Arocho Education & Language Rights Advocate
Silver Spring, MD
Victor Paredes Director of Steategy – Multicultural Marketing
New York, NY
Victoria Delaney ABD Binghamton University Binghamton, NY
Victoria García Board Member The P.E.A.C.E. Initiative San Antonio
Victoria Ravelo Artist
Miami, FL
Violet Tamayo Artist
Brooklyn, NY
Walter Jean-Jacques Student
New York, NY
Wanda Colón Training Rutgers New Brunwick, NJ
Wiliam A. Calvo-Quirós Assistant Professor, Latina/o Studies and American Studies University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
William Bowles Writer Former designer for El Museo 1977-81 London, UK
William Córdova Cultural Practitioner
West Saugerties, NY
William García Medina  PhD Student  University of Kansas  Lawrence, KS
William Villalongo Artist
New York, NY
Wilson Valentín-Escobar, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of American Studies  Hampshire College Amherst, MA
Xavier Cázares Cortéz Artist
Los Angeles, CA
Yahaira Perozo Special education teacher
New York, NY
Yamaira Hernández

New York, NY
Yaraní Del Valle Actor-Educator-Cultural Promoter Caicu inc. New York, NY
Yarimir Cabán Reyes Musician MIMA/IFE San Juan, PR
Yasmín Hernández Artist yasminhernandezart.com Moca, Puerto Rico
Yasmín Ramírez PhD Independent Curator Brooklyn, NY
Yeidy Rivero Professor University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
Yelaine Rodríguez Artist / Curator 
Bronx, New York
Yolanda Andrade Photographer Independent Mexico City, Mexico
Yolanda Petrocelli artist latina artspace bridgeport Bridgeport
Yvette Cortés Fine Arts Librarian Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
Yvette Ramírez Arts Administrator & Cultural Producer
Queens, New York
Zachary Fabri Artist
Brooklyn, NY
Zaire Z. Dinzey-Flores Associate Professor Rutgers University Brooklyn, NY
Zoe Buckman Artist
Brooklyn, NY
Zoë-Eve Rhinehart

New York, NY
Zuleyka Alejandro Education Coordinator Loisaida Inc. New York, NY

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