Galería de Arte Infantil, Casa Paoli

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What is the Casa Paoli ?

This elegant and stately 19th century building, located in the scenic city of Ponce, Puerto Rico, is the restored residence of the great Puerto Rican tenor Antonio Paoli, "the tenor of kings and the king of tenors"—in his time, an artist admired around the world.

 

The historic building is part of the cultural heritage of Puerto Rico and is one of the most important places to visit in the southwestern area of the island. It was the birthplace of tenor Antonio Paoli (1871–1946), an artist recognized as the "first Puerto Rican to achieve international recognition in the performing arts" and "one of the most outstanding opera singers of all time." Casa Paoli was the artist's home as a child, and the place where he lived with his family until he was twelve years old.

 

After its restoration in1987, the building was transformed into a house-museum to honor his memory. It also became the home of the Puerto Rican Center for Folkloric Research.

In 2009, it was accepted into the National Register of Historic Places. The maintenance and restoration of this great site has been the arduous work of a small group of citizens that are proud of the musical and folkloric legacy of their country. They have managed to create an impressive cultural center, home to not only several fascinating exhibitions, workshops and public activities, but also replete with historical archives that have formed the basis of numerous important publications on the life and work of great island artists, and on the island's musical genres and folklore.

Casa Paoli currently houses the Puerto Rican Folkloric Research Center, Inc. [Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas de Puerto Rico, Inc.] and a regional center of the Puerto Rican Foundation for the Humanities. It is sponsored by the Flamboyán Fund for the Arts.

"The Center has distinguished itself by creating and implementing highly effective innovative projects. Likewise, it has been characterized for the promotion of research and study in neglected or under-served areas, serving as a forum for groups that do not have the support from other institutions. "                                                                                    La Perla del Sur Newspaper  2/6/2013

In focus

Nuevo proyecto Renacer del Olvido

El Proyecto del Cuatro Puertorriqueño, sede en los EE. UU. y el Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas de Puerto Rico, Inc., con sede en la Casa Paoli de Ponce, han comenzado una innovadora tarea encaminada a investigar, estudiar y reconstruir y traer a la consciencia actual los instrumentos musicales tradicionales puertorriqueños olvidados.

El propósito principal de esta nueva iniciativa es conservar y difundir aquellos instrumentos de gran valor de nuestra cultura que, por diversas razones, fueron olvidados o sencillamente desaparecieron del panorama musical isleño. Con esta gestión se pretende dar a conocer, entre las nuevas generaciones, la riqueza de nuestro folclor; nuevas ideas para viejos oficios y las diversas alternativas que en un futuro cercano tienen los jóvenes, de establecer sus propios talleres de la fabricación de estos instrumentos. Además, es importante señalar que cada uno de estos instrumentos olvidados, estuvo enmarcado en un contexto sociohistórico que permitió que nuestra gente expresara sus anhelos, sus esperanzas y sus penas.

 

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Como parte de esta iniciativa, el CIFPR se ha asociado con el lutier maestro/investigador William R. Cumpiano, co-fundador del Proyecto del Cuatro (EE. UU). Cumpiano ya había creado y contribuido un número de instrumentos de cuerda a la colección permanente de instrumentos en exhibición en la sede del CIFPR: la histórica Casa Paoli de Ponce, Puerto Rico. Adicionalmente, Cumpiano y el director del CIFPR, Néstor Murray-Irizarry, han anunciado los comienzos de una serie de pequeños talleres de construcción de estos instrumentos olvidados, abiertos al público, que se llevarán a cabo en una fecha futura en la misma Casa Paoli. MAS INFORMACIÓN AQUÍ

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Nuevo Libro:  Antonio Paoli

La Casa Paoli del Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas de Puerto Rico, Inc. con el auspicio de la Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades (National Endowment  for the Humanities / FPH-CARES ACT ) y el Fondo Flamboyán para las Artes publicó recientemente el libro Antonio Paoli: El Rey de los Tenores y el Tenor de los Reyes. Fue escrito por Néstor Murray -Irizarry, profesor universitario jubilado de historia y por la Dra. Hilda E. Quintana, catedrática jubilada de lengua y literatura de la Inter Metro. 

 

Es un homenaje a Paoli, el tenor más importante de la historia musical puertorriqueña, en el sesquicentenario de su natalicio. Está muy bien diseñado y diagramado por la artista puertorriqueña Diana Micheli.

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PayPal - centrocasapaoli@gmail.com

ATH Móvil (donar) - casapaoli

Cuenta Banco Popular - 074430122

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Concierto reciente:

150 años del tenor Antonio Paoli

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Under the auspices of the Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities and the Flamboyán Fund for the Arts, the Center organized a tribute concert in observance of the sesquicentennial of the birth of the site's early residente, the celebrated tenor Antonio Paoli. The event called 150 years of the tenor Antonio Paoli, was recorded on Saturday, March 6, 2021 in the Jesús María Sanromá Room of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music.  Click here to enjoy a video of the entire event and  here to see more photos and details of the event.

Los cines, videos y documentales del CIFPR
y de otros

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Our Center has sponsored several videographic projects around Puerto Rican arts and crafts. Go to the Cinema page to enjoy CIFPR's collection of documentaries and videographic productions by selected Puerto Rican filmmakers, as well as documentaries that have been produced by the CIFPR.

ELSA ESCABI AGOSTINI (1923-2020)

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Talleres Próximos

Since its founding, the Center has been dedicated to researching, enriching and disseminating Puerto Rican cultural values. The sheer number of events and editions carried out by the Center bear this out. One of our most important objectives is to raise awareness and provide our youths and adults with the opportunity to learn to build the traditional instruments of our country. Currently, the Center organizes the William Cumpiano Workshop at the facilities of our headquarters in Ponce; where with the support of the Flamboyán Fund for the Arts, workshops will be offered, in face-to-face or virtual form, in instrument-making, screen printing and engraving on wood and linoleum.

UN OBSEQUIO del CIFPR:
vida y obra del gran muralista Rafael Ríos Rey

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In 2015 the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) dedicated one of its great town festivals (known as La Campechada)  to the prominent Puerto Rican muralist Rafael Ríos Rey (Ponce, 1911-San Juan, 1980) As part of the works related to La Campechada the consulting services of Néstor Murray-Irizarry and graphic artist Verónica Prats were retained. One of the tasks assigned to Murray and Prats was to program two instructional modules on the life and work of Ríos Rey. Dr. Hilda Quintana also worked as a consultant on this project.

   Thanks to the authorization of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture for the first time to the public, we can present the two modules that with so much commitment and affection we carried out for the enrichment of our people and our national culture

Antonio Paoli y Familia

Casa Paoli, the headquarters of the Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas de Puerto Rico, Inc., is a historic building that is part of the Historic Zone of Ponce. It is the place where Antonio Paoli (1871-1946) was born and lived until the age of twelve; the great tenor who was "the first Puerto Rican to achieve international recognition in the performing arts" and "one of the most outstanding opera singers of all time." View out page dedicated to Antonio Paoli by clicking on his image above.

read here: the 2015 report of the commission for cultural development

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The most comprehensive and important study that has been done to promote citizen participation in a new Puerto Rican cultural policy for the 21st century.

The Executive Director, Prof. Néstor Murray Irizarry and the Board of Directors of Casa Paoli / Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas de Puerto Rico express their sincere condolences to the person who was Elsa Escabí Agostini (1923-2020) in life. She was a great collaborator in the projects of the Social Research Center of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus and the Puerto Rico Folkloric Research Center, together with her brother Pedro Escabí Agostini.