Puerto Rico: The Newly Renovated Ponce Art Museum Opens its Doors

The new and improved Ponce Art Museum celebrated its open house [Casa Abierta] activities on November 14, 2010, when audiences of all ages were able to enjoy the newly-renovated and more spacious museum throughout the day, with artistic and educational activities, interactive programs for children, art workshops, music and dance performances (such as the Children’s Choir of Puerto Rico and traditional music  band Los Pleneros del Lago), artisan exhibitions, and tours of the exhibitions and new facilities.

The Ponce Art Museum (MAP in Spanish), is one of the icons that distinguish Ponce, also known in Puerto Rico as the Pearl of the South. It was founded in 1959 by former Governor Luis A. Ferré. After two years of remodeling, the MAP reopened its doors so that the public could appreciate its collection of over 800 works. 

Activities began at mid-morning with an official opening by Antonio Luis Ferré and his daughter, President of the Luis A. Ferré Foundation María Luisa Ferré Rangel. First Lady Lucé Vela and Mayor of Ponce María Meléndez Altieri were present.  Meléndez Altieri pronounced, “This is the legacy of a man [Luis A. Ferré] that believed in the language of art, which is the language that can unite us all. . . We [the Ponceños] must be proud.” Other attendees were the Ferré Rangel family and the children of writer Rosario Ferré, Benigno and Luis Trigo Ferré. Also present were former Governors Aníbal Acevedo Vilá and Rafael Hernández Colón.

The celebration included a series of simultaneous activities. While there were guided tours in several sections of the museum, in the Puerto Rico Garden, the group Verso y Tambor [Verse and Drum] recited African-influenced poetry. Children participated in various workshops, where they produced their own crafts and artistic creations. Also early in the afternoon, architect Javier Bonnin offered a lecture on the museum and its salient architectural features. An interesting addition is the Rosario Ferré Library, where several readings were offered throughout the day. Among other materials, the library will include a collection of the author’s works and secondary materials on her literary production.  

[Many thanks to Linda Rodríguez Guglielmoni for bringing this item to our attention.]

Photo: Lord Frederic Leighton’s 1895 “Flaming June,” an iconic painting from the MAP’s collection.

See full articles (in Spanish) at http://www.elnuevodia.com/renaceelesplendordelmuseodeponce-818351.html and http://www.ellibrepensador.com/2010/11/12/abre-el-museo-de-arte-de-ponce-con-%E2%80%9Ccasa-abierta%E2%80%9D/

2 thoughts on “Puerto Rico: The Newly Renovated Ponce Art Museum Opens its Doors

  1. Dear Sir or Madam,

    Firts of all, let me introduce myself. My name is Lilla Csástyu. I live in Hungary and I am doing my MA course at the College of Nyíregyháza where I am studying mainly museum pedagogy and the history of fine art. I have alredy graduated my degree as Art Teacher.The reason why I dare to write to You is because I would like to know whether there would be an opportunity to take my professional practice in your institution.

    Besides that fact that I can take part in the present Erasmus Programme, the College can provide a great opportunity ( and some money) due to my excellent school achievement. If I am invited by the museum of one of the member countries of the European Union where I could have my professional practice, the College will support me with a certain amount of money so that I can stay there in 2012.
    I think I should not miss this chance because besides practising the English language, this 1-2 month-long practice in a foreign institution would be a great opportunity for me in my future career.
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    If you give me a chance, I will help in everything around the Museum. Next to, – If you allowed to me to I put my proffesional practice in your museum,-I have to write a dissertation about how take place a museum pedagogy and lesson of museum pedagogy in your museum. My mainly task to analyze how take place the museum pedagogy on education in foreign countries.This is my topic in my thesis.

    One of my future plans is to take up a job in Hungary as a museum pedagogist or Art History teacher in high school, or I manage to take my doktor degree in college, and this practice would give me such opportunities and lots of plus point which could help me in my future career. Besides in the future I would like to learn Spanis language, because this language very like to me. 🙂
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    Looking Foward your answer! ( I enclosed my CV)
    Have a nice day…and best wishes

    Lilla Csastyu
    Hungary 4400
    Körte street 55 3/10

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