Audience Embedded, program participants meet for the first time at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, March 2018. Photo by Gustavo Garcia for Colibri Workshop.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania celebrates the launch of Neighbors/Vecinos: Exploring Philadelphia’s history through 200 years of Puerto Rican migration, a new bilingual website created in conjunction with Audience Embedded. The website documents and shares the often hidden history of the Puerto Rican community in Philadelphia. At the launch, audience members will hear about the behind-the-scenes experiences of project participants and view original documents from the Historical Society’s Hispanic/Latino collections. Live music from Tino Serrano’s Latin band and food from chef Ted Torres of Coa Catering will be provided.
In collaboration with Taller Puertorriqueño, Audience Embedded aims to give community members an active role in how the city’s cultural heritage is interpreted and presented and considers how economic forces transform a neighborhood’s characteristics over time. Over the past two years, an archival exploration has uncovered stories of migration, resilience, and adaptation from the city’s Puerto Rican history.