The Taino Project
The Taíno Project is a school-based program that provides professional development for teachers, allows students to work directly with professional artists, and emphasizes art-making and cultural connections with the indigenous Taíno people of Puerto Rico. The Taínos were the first indigenous group to experience the full biological, social, and cultural impact of the European conquest and colonization, after Christopher Columbus encountered them in 1492. The Taínos left behind important artwork and cultural traditions that are still reflected in contemporary Caribbean and diaspora cultures.
PRAA partners with schools to deliver high quality arts learning that features this important cultural content and integration with other core curriculum areas. The Taíno Project provides unique arts-infused learning experiences for students while helping to increase their motivation, resilience, and academic achievement.
PRAA's Taino Project Consultant, Lizette Cruz, provides support to program participants throughout The Taíno Project, helping teachers and school administrators integrate the project seamlessly into each classroom and school community. For more information, or to get involved, call 773-342-8865 ext 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To view photos from past Taíno Projects visit the PRAA Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/puertoricanartsalliance.