Explore Puerto Rican santos tradition, a form of religious folk art believed to be at least two centuries old. Meet fourth generation santero Antonio Burgos of Orocovis and learn from collectors about the master artisans and symbolism of this American folk art.
Discover Puerto Rico’s santos folk art tradition in Ponce, the island’s second-largest city. Meet artisan Pedro Rinaldi & curator of Museo de Arte de Ponce, the largest art museum in the Caribbean.
Have you heard about Puerto Rico’s Santos Folk Art Tradition? In island’s second-largest city of Ponce, meet Orta family, a santos dynasty. Discover the Puerto Rican affinity for the Virgin of Montserrat, and get a collector’s perspective on santos from Gainesville, Florida-based aficionado Hector Puig.
Are you a folk art aficionado? Then you'll love Puerto Rico’s Santos Folk Art Tradition! Read on to experience Three of its Iconic Images: Saint Ursula & 11,000 Virgins, the Powerful Hand, and Anima Sola. Delve into the mindset of collectors through visits to Museo de los Santos, the Museum of the Americas & Galeria Botello. This article also offers an armchair tour of some of Old San Juan’s scenic attractions.
Vejigantes are a beloved tradition: vividly-painted and fierce-looking masks, with roots in the celebrations of Ponce’s Carnival and Loiza’s Santiago Apóstol Fiesta. Meet three of the island’s best-known mask-makers, and learn about their techniques and the history of the folk art. BCD offers you the up-close and personal experience of seeing Puerto Rico through the eyes of its locals.
Curacao's Tumba music was created by slaves as a way to put rumors to music and express their sorrow and frustration. Today, the energetic Tumba music carries a social message and is celebrated at four-day Tumba Festival, Curacao's biggest cultural event.
Meet Jacob Gelt-Dekker, a Dutch philanthropist, and let him offer you insight on how he restored Curacao's historic Otrobanda neighborhood and what's it like being a founder of an anthropological museum, the Kura Hulanda in Willemstad. Immerse yourself in Curacao's heritage and learn how Jacob gathered his world-class chronicle of the slave trade within ten collections.
Did you know Jewish heritage in the Americas began in the Caribbean island of Curacao? Curacao's Synagogue Mikve Israel-Emanuel is the oldest active Jewish congregation in the Western hemisphere. Other heritage sites include the Jewish cemetery; Jewish Historical Museum; and Scharloo, the Jewish quarter of Willemstad.
Enjoy the public art paradise of the Dominican Republic providence of Hermanas Mirabel! Meet Dominican artists Maximo Ceballo and Carlos Veras who are among the renowned artists who created 400 murals in the region's towns of Tapia, Tenares, and Salcedo. Learn the history of "Las Mariposas", three local sisters who were part of DR's resistance movement against dictator in early 1960s. Let BCD offer you a unique encounter with the Dominican Republic's cultural and heritage before you travel!
Enjoy BCD’s ‘Faces of Trinidad’ photography slideshow. It features photographs of Trinis in traditional cultural clothing for celebration the Hindu Divali festival.