PROGRAM: Traveling Trunks

Presented by:
Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades
Local Partner: K-12 Institutions, Libraries, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Art/Photography, History, K-12 Education, Latinos, Varies Audience: All, Educators, K-12, Rural Communities

The Puerto Rico Humanities Council offers three traveling trunks to nonprofits and schools for education in the popular arts, archaeology and the music of the tiple. They are accompanied by study guides that reinforce the teaching of these disciplines in the school curricula.

The popular arts trunk contains items ranging from rag dolls and toy tops and bowls made of higuera wood to replicas of masks from the Ponce carnival and figures that present the process of carving saints. Meanwhile, the archaeology trunk includes replicas of tools utilized by indigenous people in daily life, such as ritual hatchets in the form of Siamese twins, stone necklaces, three-point sculptures of gods, the ceremonial stools in human form and carved petroglyphs. The tiple trunk includes various examples of this musical instrument and compact discs.

The program is divided into three components: talks, training workshops and loans of the trunks. The training workshops and the talks about popular arts, archaeology and music can be requested from the FPH by non-profit institutions such as schools, community organizations, cultural centers and municipal offices.