The Annual Schomburg Symposium explores the links between African and Latino cultures. Stereotypes and erroneous perceptions of blackness are internalized at an early age. The 17th Annual Schomburg symposium, "Messages: Children's Identity Formation and Representation of Blackness”, will explore paths through which children form and develop their sense of cultural and racial identity. It will focus on how ALL children are conditioned to imagine Blackness and Africa in their growing up experiences at home, school and with the media (be it family, friends, education, cartoons, comic books, television, and movies). The outcome or impact varies, children who identify as white (including a large group of Latinos) tend to see blackness as "other;" and children who can't run away from being identified within the concept of black, experience self-esteem challenges and discrimination by those who see themselves as white. Guest speakers and panelists will present works that explore and address these issues.
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Known as El Corazón Cultural del Barrio, The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia, Taller Puertorriqueño (Taller) catalyzes community development and builds bridges between the local community, the region and the Puerto Rican and Latino Diasporas. For almost four decades, we have been elevating and preserving Puerto Rican and Latino culture through arts and cultural programs, including art education for all ages, socially-conscious art exhibitions, the Philadelphia region’s only bilingual bookstore of its kind, and a range of engaging musical events, theater performances, festivals, lectures,book readings, and much more. Guided by our conviction that arts and culture have the ability to empower positive community change, Taller has grown from a small graphics workshop into a contemporary, multifaceted arts organization that touches the lives of over 100,000 people each year.