Galería de Arte Infantil, Casa Paoli


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

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En curso las IV Jornadas de las Humanidades de 2021

El Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas de Puerto Rico, Inc y el Centro-Casa Paoli, les invita a registrarse en las próximas conferencias en línea de la IV Jornadas de las Humanidades.

      Las conferencias presentan temas diversos y de interés general. Son una excelente oportunidad para ampliar el conocimiento en áreas de estudio esenciales en nuestro diario vivir. La transmisión de estas es utilizando la aplicación Zoom, disponible para descarga de forma gratuita para cualquier teléfono móvil o computadora.

      Pueden acceder a las conferencias archivadas en video aquí.
     Pueden encontrar la lista de conferencias, como accederlas, sus fechas y un resumen de su contenido, pulsando sobre el icono de .pdf que sigue:

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Casa Paoli dará a conocer importante investigación

sobre el folclor boricua

La investigación denominada “El Rosario: vista parcial del folclor de Puerto Rico” forma parte fundamental del Estudio Etnográfico de la Cultura Popular de Puerto Rico

[Citado de El Nuevo Día]

La sabiduría popular en torno a la promesa de la Santa Cruz (’'mayo florido, hoy te saludan los trovadores’' o las Fiestas de Cruz), la promesa a los difuntos o velorios y la promesa a los Santos (Los tres Reyes Magos), forman parte de la investigación y estudio de la tradición popular puertorriqueña que la Casa Paoli del Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas de Puerto Rico, en Ponce, presentará en varios eventos virtuales, según se indica en un comunicado de prensa.

      Para la primera conferencia, que se emitirá el 17 de mayo a las 6:00 p. m., se han invitado a cuatro humanistas que ayudaran a analizar y comprender el “valioso y voluminoso material” que incluye el estudio de El Rosario por el Dr. Roberto Fernández Valledor; Dr. J Emanuel Dufrasne González; Dra. Noraliz Ruiz y el profesor Néstor Murray Irizarry.

    Esta presentación se transmitirá a través de la plataforma Zoom y de las redes sociales, especialmente a través de y de Facebook: Centro de Investigaciones Folklóricas Casa Paoli.

       La información indica que el estudio fue realizado por Pedro C. Escabí Agostini y su hermana Elsa Escabí Agostini mientras se desempeñaban como investigadores del Centro de Investigaciones Sociales de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, recinto de Río Piedras. Y explica que la investigación denominada “El Rosario: vista parcial del folclor de Puerto Rico” forma parte fundamental del Estudio Etnográfico de la Cultura Popular de Puerto Rico que Pedro Escabí Agostini dirigió durante dos décadas en el Centro de Investigaciones Sociales (CIS), donde su hermana Elsa fue su colaboradora y editora. Juntos también editaron dos libros de gran importancia: “Morovis: Vista parcial del folclor de Puerto Rico” (Editorial Universitaria, 1970) y “La Décima: Vista parcial del folclor de Puerto Rico” (Editorial Universitaria, 1976).

What is Folklore?

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Folklore is the way people teach or entertain themselves . These ways are not learned in school or in textbooks, we learn them through interaction and communication between generations and in the midst of the different groups to which we belong. It includes expressions, behaviors and processes that we learn or teach through customs. [ continues here ]

Upcoming Workshops


Since its foundation, the Center has been dedicated to researching, enriching and promoting Puerto Rican cultural values. The sheer number of events and editions carried out by the Center confirm this. One of our most important objectives is to raise awareness of, and to provide our youth and adults with the opportunity to learn to build the traditional stringed instruments that are native to our country.  To this end, the Center is currently organizing the William Cumpiano Workshop at our headquarters in Ponce; where, with the support of the Flamboyán Fund for the Arts, we will offer workshops in person or online, in string instrument making and screen printing and engraving on wood and linoleum.

Antonio Paoli and his Family

Casa Paoli, headquarters of the Folkloric Research Center of 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 he was 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." Read all about him and his family.

the Dr. Fernando Padilla Lugo

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Every institution dedicated to the research and study of culture needs a reading room and an archive. Our Center has the Dr. Fernando Padilla Lugo Archive and Reading Room , honoring one of the great collaborators to our institution. The archive preserves documents and works related to the life and work of Antonio Paoli and the muralist Rafael Ríos Rey and their respective families—in addition to photographs and materials on Puerto Rican culture in general. Our Reading Room has deposited in it more than a thousand books on our country's culture and the culture of most of the Ibero-American countries, highlighting editions from Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador and European countries such as Spain and France. Currently, due to earthquakes and the crisis created in part by Covid 19, the archive and the reading room are undergoing renovation and are closed to the public until further notice.

Partial catalog of works published

by Casa Paoli

A CIFPR GIFT: publication
The life and work of the great muralist Rafael Ríos Rey

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In 2015, The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP) dedicated one of its great island-wide festivals (known as La Campechada] to the prominent Puerto Rican muralist Rafael Ríos Rey (b. Ponce, 1911, d. San Juan, 1980) As part of the work related to La Campechada the ICP hired the consulting services of university professor Néstor Murray-Irizarry and graphic artist Verónica Prats to program a project that would culminate in the creation of two instructional modules on the life and work of Ríos Rey.

Thanks to the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture for allowing us to offer to the public for the first time on this page, the two modules that we undertook with much commitment, affection and pride, for the enrichment of our people and their national culture

Casa Paoli's effort of cultural promotion— the one that leaves traces on paper — has been in existence for more than two decades. And we are proud to present it in a catalog, even when we do not consider it complete or perfect. The almost four dozen titles that appear in the following list have been the result of innumerable efforts, both by people who spent hundreds of hours searching, collecting, interpreting, and writing about the most dissimilar expressions of Puerto Rican culture; as well as those others that with their donations made every book, brochure, magazine, compact disc and DVD possible     ( click here )