The NuMuse Gallery originated as an idea that I had in 2014. It was aimed at self empowering artists that I felt deserved wider recognition and appreciation. Initially it was to be an online open sourced gallery for works that I personally felt had excellent marketing potential. Its startup development was slow due to my self funding all design aspects while actually working with artists with needed creative content services that they lacked in. During these last two years it slowly transformed into what has become a resource based creative content business model as I began to reconnect with long time friends and artists from the Puerto Rican Workshop Inc. known as the Taller Boricua Gallery in East Harlem, in New York City. Their Gallery and worksop has been serving their community through arts development since 1970 and their greatest achievement to date has been the spearheading of the transformation of an abandoned turn of the century land marked city school building into the Julia de Burgos Latino Arts Center, located at 1680 Lexington Ave, NYC, 10029 .
During this reconnecting time period, they were also experiencing a great transition due to the passing of their their long time executive director, Fernando Salicrupt. It was very evident to me that TallerBoricua had an enormous potential to build upon on, if they were to fully utilize their creative capital that consisted of a 40 year old archival collection of original prints and multiple reproductions in their dormant archives. This was a win-win opportunity not only for their own sustenance but also for the many artists and printers who would deservedly benefit from such a venture.
The Numuse gallery is now in the process of upgrading and expanding the Taller Boricua’s on line presence with expansions into a global marketplace. “The Store at Taller Boricua” is currently under construction and we are aiming for an opening in 2017.
What is clear in these times of economic stagnation and social decline is that businesses, humanitarian organizations, non-profits and local governments that wish to remain relevantly useful and profitable will need to re-calibrate their developing and investing efforts into higher purpose initiatives that will attract proactive individuals who are also aligning with these emerging socially conscious values.