Sandra Andino is director of education at Taller Puertorriqueño. In 2009 Andino received a Leeway Foundation “Art and Change” Grant in support of her work creating a photo-documentary project exploring the Afro-Latino concept, experience, and artistic/cultural expression of Latinos in North Philadelphia. Andino received her MA and Ph.D from Temple University, Philadelphia.
Founded in 1974 by Latino artists and activists in the North Kensington area of Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño stands as testament to the wealth of possibilities created when citizens see a need in their community and decide to meet it. Discouraged by the absence of outlets for Barrio youth desperate to channel their artistic talents, Taller Puertorriqueño’s founders created a community-based graphic arts workshop to provide cultural training alternatives to local youth. For more than three decades, Taller has continued to be a vital resource for progress in the Barrio and the region. It is now nationally recognized as a model organization that uses the arts as a vehicle for social change.